The International Coalition of Historic Sites of Exclusion and Resistance hosted a pre-congress workshop at the 18th International Leprosy Congress in Brussels, Belgium, to further discuss the recognition of leprosy/Hansen’s disease heritage sites around the world. Forty-two individuals from 21 countries came together on September 16, 2013 to participate.
The workshop included a presentation on examples of leprosy/Hansen’s disease heritage sites around the world by Anwei Law, IDEA and sites in Italy by Sunil Deepak, AIFO. Deirdre Prins-Solani, heritage expert, presented a comprehensive explanation of the international Heritage Conventions applicable to leprosy/Hansen’s disease heritage sites. She emphasized the trend in the heritage community that intangible cultural heritage–people’s way of life, their stories, their poetry, artwork and music–-is now considered as significant as buildings. Ms. Prins-Solani discussed the importance of people telling their own stories–-stories that once told, ensure people’s place within society and within history. She also highlighted the urgency to collecting oral history as the older generation passes on. Specific information related to serial transnational world heritage status was also presented.
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