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MEETINGS 2013-2019

446th  Meeting: “Luang Prabang as a UNESCO World Heritage site, advantage and risks” 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019.

A talk by Francis Engelmann.

The Talk:

After more than 20 years of enjoying the label of UNESCO World Heritage, it is possible today to appreciate the effects and shortcoming of this system of preservation. I will share with the group my personal views and try to show how was the initial situation and how some unpopular decisions had been possible. Then I will consider several issues: What is protected, architecture or more? Through which rules and institutions?
What has been ignored and why? How are interconnected heritage preservation, tourism, local economy, social issues? How different stakeholders public and private, agree or not about the existing rules? What had changed since the nomination in 1995? How sustainable is such a system?.

The Speaker:

Francis Engelmann has been living in Luang Prabang since 2002. He worked during 3 years at the Luang Prabang Conservation Authority (today officially known as The Luang Prabang World Heritage Department), and later with The Quiet in the Land - Art and Education Project, Luang Prabang.

His educational background includes Town Planning, Political Science and Socio-Economy. But he has been involved also in a wide range of research missions such as Art history, Botany, Paleontology and Anthropology, with different scholars' teams in Asia.

He has been involved in heritage issues in Laos with UNESCO since 1994 during the preparation of the official application for the nomination of Luang Prabang as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995. He has been deputy chairman of a local non-profit association involved in Lao culture and education. He is now officially retired but still writing books and articles.

The Speaker's bibliography:

Trésors du patrimoine végétal au Laos, guide ethnobotanique de la ville de Luang Prabang. Ed. Magellan & C°, Paris, 2017.

Walks through the heritage of Luang Prabang. Francis Engelmann texts, Alain Ménoni photos. Anantha Publishing, New York, Luang Prabang. 2015. Limited edition. Reprint available at Celadon boutique, Vat Khili, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, Perle du Laos/Gem of Laos, Vincent Besançon: drawings; Francis Engelmann: texts. Ed. Magellan & Cie, Paris 2014

Vat Phu Champassak, The temple of the mountain, Visitor's guide, English & French. Ed. Département du Patrimoine Mondial de Champassak. 2012. Available at Monuments Books bookstores.

Essays on Luang Prabang history and culture, in The Quiet in The Land, Luang Prabang, Laos. A project by France Morin. The Quiet in The Land Inc., New York, 2009.

"Le nouveau marché hmong de Luang Prabang: étude de l'initiative économique locale et des réseaux des montagnards au Laos" - avec Christian Culas in Recherches nouvelles sur le Laos, Y. Goudineau & M. Lorrillard, (éditeurs scientifiques), Etudes thématiques n°18, Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO): Paris, Vientiane, 2008. pp. 403 - 429.

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