New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

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Some Specific Methods for Knowledge Distribution of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Stoyan Denchev, State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (Bulgaria)

Irena Peteva, State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (Bulgaria)

Diana Stoyanova, State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (Bulgaria)

Tsvetelina Varadinova, State University of Library Studies and Information Tecnologies (Bulgaria)


The intangible cultural heritage in southeastern Europe is an important component of the collective human memory and is therefore the subject of research for many scientists and specialists.

In the preamble of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage it is already emphasized that in modern society the need for deeper understanding of its significance, especially by the younger generation, has been increasingly discussed. All this can be a reality and can be achieved as a result of the combined efforts and abilities of various international, regional, state or public entities.

On the one hand, for example, these are the regional centres for the conservation of cultural heritage under the auspices of UNESCO, while on the other – these are the educational and cultural institutions, represented by universities and research centrеs.

The University of Library Studies and Information Technologies - Sofia, Bulgaria is one of the leading educational and scientific institutions where thorough, qualitative, fundamental and applied researches are carried out. Alongside the already established techniques, related to the study and promotion of intangible cultural heritage through innovative technologies for diffusion of knowledge, based on the principle "Learning by Doing" (John Dewey), new methods of research, conservation and socialization are currently being experimented. The latter are a prerequisite for the development of young people in SEE countries - members of the "Regional Center for the Safegarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under The Auspices of UNESCO", based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Based on the hypothesis that on the basis of researches in the field of intangible cultural heritage, the public dialogue on preservation of historical memory and on reviving the initiative for using the cultural product for the economic and social growth of the surveyed region will be expanding, ULSIT, together with the Regional Centre started a project aimed at integrating the research interests of students, PhD students and established scientists on the basis of travelling seminars.

The use of modern methods for the transfer of information and knowledge will provide guaranteed access to the significant cultural heritage and will result in its safer understanding and interpretation.

It is the specific focus of researches in particular, devoted to the intangible cultural heritage that represent, in a special way, the distribution of knowledge, which, in one form or another, supports the integration and socialization of young people from different ethnic, religious and social groups. Using modern methods of diffusion of knowledge contributes both to the dissemination of new knowledge of the intangible cultural heritage and to understanding and "perception" of the different types of knowledge as an essential element of contemporary information environment.

Keywords: Methods, Knowledge, Intangible Cultural Heritage, University centres, chitalishta”(community centres);


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