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Asian Academy for Heritage Management 2009 Field School: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums, Lamphun, Thailand, 23 August - 5 September 2009



The fourth AAHM Field School focuses on the role of the museum in safeguarding, documenting and revitalizing intangible cultural heritage in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Led by experts in the fields of museology and anthropology, this course offers museum professionals the conceptual and practical tools for engaging with local communities to safeguard their intangible cultural heritage, such as oral history and narratives, craftsmanship, festivals, ritual, performance and other forms of traditional knowledge. The course emphasizes an anthropological approach for understanding and working with source communities.

The programme combines theory and practice with a focus

  • The 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Anthropological approaches and tools for researching and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
  • Linking the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage to core museum activities
  • Participatory museum management


Announcement in Thai language is available for download by clicking here.


The Programme

The Field School is an intensive, 2-week course offering a combination of lectures and a hands-on practicum. Under the guidance of leading experts, participants will work in cross-cultural, interdisciplinary teams to apply their concepts and approaches to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage via the museum.

Please click here to download the updated agenda. Detail curriculum is also available for download from here.



The Field School is open to up to 15 participants from countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam)*. Applicants are expected to have a good command of English.

*Please note that while priority will be given to applicants from the Greater Mekong Sub-region, interested applicants from other countries are also welcome to apply.

Please download the registration from here.


Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses

Participants will be responsible for their round-trip travel costs to and from Lamphun, Thailand. An optional bus from Bangkok, via Chiang Mai, to Lamphun is available. In order to cover living expenses during the Field School, participants should budget a minimum allowance of 14,000 baht (approx. 400 USD) to cover the cost of food and accommodation. Participants will stay at a hotel in downtown Lamphun province. Single rooms are available for 650 baht per night (approx. 19 USD).


Registration Fee

In addition to travel, accommodation and living expenses, the fee for attending the Field School is 250 USD, which covers study materials, instruction, site visits, and local transport costs.



A limited number of scholarships are available for accepted course participants to support travel and/or participation costs. As there are always more qualified applicants than funds, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as employers, funding agencies and governmental institutions.

Completed registration forms should be sent via email to, or by fax: +66 2880 9332, or by post to: Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, 20 Barommaratchachonnani Road, Taling-Chan, Bangkok, 10170, Thailand, by no later than 15 June 2009.

Should you have any questions, please send your inquires to us at: asian-academy@unescobkk.orgor to