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Judith Herrmann, M.A.

Doctoral Candidate
Faculté de l'aménagement

2013-2015, Bourse de doctorat en recherche pour étudiants étrangers - FRQSC

2012, Bourse d’examen de synthèse, Faculté de l’aménagement

2011-2012, Bourse d’exemption des droits supplémentaires de scolarité pour les étudiants internationaux, Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales 

2010-2011, Bourse d’exemption des droits supplémentaires de scolarité pour les étudiants internationaux, Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales 

2010, Bourse d’admission, Faculté de l’aménagement

Judith Herrmann

Faculté de l’aménagement
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec)
H3C 3J7
Canada  


E  judith.herrmann@umontreal.ca

Since September 2010, Judith Herrmann has participated in the Ph.D. programme at the Faculté de l'aménagement of the 'Université de Montréal. In addition to her research, she works as a research assistant and lectures as a teaching assistant at the Faculty. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Judith Herrmann worked as a specialist in the World Heritage programme at the German National Commission for UNESCO and as an advisor in World Heritage at the German state and local levels. In 2008, she received a scholarship to work at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre in Paris (France). She also has experience in World Heritage site management by means of an internship at the World Heritage office of the Historic Centre of Florence (Italy). Judith Herrmann holds a Master’s degree in World Heritage Studies from the University of Cottbus (Germany) and a Bachelor’s degree in the sciences of applied culture (major in archaeology and minor in geography and geology-paleontology from the University of Würzburg (Germany). During the course of her studies, she has spent semesters at the Univeristy Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples (Italy) and the University of Newcastle-sur-Tyne (United Kingdom). 

PhD project

Recognizing intangible heritage through the World Heritage Convention (working title)

Description of research project

The research project aims at shedding light on the changing conception of cultural heritage, i.e., the crossover from and intersection between tangible and intangible heritage in terms of concepts contained in documents. It does so in the context of international cultural heritage conservation and by focusing on a specific legal instrument. In 1972, the Member States of UNESCO adopted the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. It aims at protecting the physical evidence of monuments and sites, the tangible heritage. The intangible heritage, on the other hand, has gained international importance over the past thirty years. The safeguarding of traditional knowledge and cultural practices, and with it the recognition of their impact on the human environment has become one of the dominant themes in heritage conservation in the 21st century. The research project is built on the premise that the recognition of intangible heritage, particularly through a parallel UNESCO convention, has influenced existing instruments like the World Heritage Convention. Contradictory statements from the World Heritage context however suggest that there is confusion about the nature and role of intangible heritage in World Heritage. The project aims at understanding how intangible heritage has been recognized and understood in implementing the World Heritage Convention and how this recognition has changed the conception of World Heritage. 

Selected Bibliography

Books, articles and reports

2012, Herrmann, J., “Recognizing intangible heritage through the World Heritage Convention – Introducing the research project,” Diversités et Convergences: Actes du Colloque de la recherche étudiante en aménagement 2012, Association des Cycles Supérieurs en Aménagement, coordinated by C. Robert and J. Herrmann, eds. (Montréal : Trames), p. 56-65.

2012, Herrmann, J., M. St.-Denis and I. Kaneva, “Reflections on supply/demand through different research projects: Reconciling scales to conserve heritage,” Proceedings of the Round Table (14-16 March 2012) organized by the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage: Conservation 20/20 – Hindsight and Foresight, eds. C. Cameron and J. Herrmann, Montréal, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal, p. 82-94. 

2011, Herrmann, J., “Welterbe – Gemeinsamer Schutz von Kultur und Natur [World Heritage: Protection of culture and nature],” denkmal aktiv: Kulturerbe macht Schule [Educational publication], Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz [German Foundation for Monument Protection], ed., Bonn, Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz, D1.

2010, Herrmann, J., “Tolerance and diversity,” World Heritage and Cultural Diversity, eds. D. Offenhäuser, W. Zimmerli and M-T. Albert, Bonn, German Commission for UNESCO, p. 129-135. 

Presentations

2012, Herrmann, J., “Towards an anthropological approach to World Heritage: Considering intangible heritage in the context of the Global Strategy for a Balanced, Representative and Credible World Heritage List,” The Re/theorisation of Heritage Studies, International conference organised by the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Göteborg, Sweden, 5-8 June.

2012, Herrmann, J. and C. Cameron, “Associative Value in World Heritage: Evolution of Criterion (vi),” Meeting of experts on criterion (vi), International meeting organized by Poland in collaboration with the United Kingdom and with support from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Warsaw, Poland, 28-30 March.

2012, Herrmann, J., “Recognizing intangible heritage through the World Heritage Convention – Introducing the research project,” Diversités et Convergences, 2ème colloque de la recherche étudiante en aménagement, Montréal, Canada, 23-24 March.

2012, Herrmann, J., M. St.-Denis, M. et I. Kaneva, “Reflections on supply/demand through different research projects: Reconciling scales to conserve heritage, ” Heritage Conservation  20/20: Hindsight and Foresight, Round Table organized by the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, Montréal, Canada, 14-16 March.

2009, Herrmann, J., “Tolerance and diversity, ” World Heritage and Cultural Diversity, International conference organised by the German National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies, Cottbus, Germany, 23-25 October.