Atousa Momeni, Director-General of the Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia under the auspices of UNESCO (Category 2) (Tehran ICH Centre), presented an article and an online presentation on “The importance of the linkage between tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the process of safeguarding settlement models and guaranteeing the subsistence economy of cultural communities: a case study of Gilan Rural Heritage Museum” at International Scientific and Practical Conference on “Harmony of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage”, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the convetion for the conservation of the intangible cultural heritage and the 50th anniversary of the convention for the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage, held at Bukhara State University, September 9, 2023.
She emphasized on the necessity of building a connection between tangible and intangible heritage in today’s world. Conservation, management and intergenerational transmission of intangible heritage related to tangible architectural heritage was amongst the explored subjects in her presentation. Atousa Momeni described the Gilan Rural Heritage Museum as a successful experience of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which can be set as a role model for other countries in the region in order to stabilize subsistence economy patterns in line with sustainable development.
The International Conference was held on September 9, 2023 in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, and Dr. Atoosa Momeni, participated in the conference as an expert in the field of intangible cultural heritage and the head of Tehran ICH Centre.