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The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme

Key Aspects and Recent Developments

  • Ray Edmondson
  • Lothar Jordan
  • Anca Claudia Prodan

Part of the Heritage Studies book series (HEST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Ray Edmondson, Lothar Jordan, Anca Claudia Prodan
    Pages 1-15
  3. Memory of the World: Basics, Principles, and Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Ray Edmondson
      Pages 19-29
  4. Memory of the World: The Recommendation, Guidelines and the Politics of Memory

  5. Memory of the World in Context: Heritage Diversity and Convergence

  6. Technological Challenges

About this book


The volume “The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme: Key Aspects and Recent Developments” responds to the growing interest in the scientific study of the Memory of the World Programme (MoW) and its core concept of documentary heritage, which has received little attention from scholarship so far. This sixth publication in the Heritage Studies Series provides a first collection of differing approaches (including reflected reports, essays, research contributions, and theoretical reflections) for the study of the MoW Programme, offering a basis for follow-up activities. The volume, edited by Ray Edmondson, Lothar Jordan and Anca Claudia Prodan, brings together 21 scholars from around the globe to present aspects deemed crucial for understanding MoW, its development, relevance and potential. The aim is to encourage academic research on MoW and to enhance the understanding of its potential and place within Heritage Studies and beyond. 


documentary and digital heritage information preservation concerns intangible heritage and cultural diversity documentary heritage as common world memory manuscript, audiovisual and photographic collections

Editors and affiliations

  • Ray Edmondson
    • 1
  • Lothar Jordan
    • 2
  • Anca Claudia Prodan
    • 3
  1. 1.Audiovisual Archiving Consultant Former Chair and Current Special AdvisorMOWCAP (Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific)CanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Professor of Modern German Literature and Comparative LiteratureUNESCO Memory of the World Programme, Chair Sub-Committee on Education and ResearchParisFrance
  3. 3.Scientific Associate and Lecturer Chair Intercultural StudiesBrandenburg Technical University Cottbus-SenftenbergCottbusGermany

About the editors

Ray Edmondson is an international consultant, teacher and writer on audiovisual archiving and documentary heritage issues. He is Curator Emeritus of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, and his 2012 doctoral thesis analysed its history. He has undertaken missions for UNESCO, and been involved in the Memory of the World Program since 1996 in various committee roles. His major writings include Audiovisual Archiving: Philosophy and Principles (UNESCO, 3rd edition 2016) and have been translated into a dozen languages. 

Lothar Jordan is a professor of literature. He worked in universities and in a literature museum. After his retirement in 2018 he continues as an academic author, e.g. working on the history of the German terms of “press freedom”.  Lothar Jordan was engaged in ICOM, and is active in the Memory of the World programme since 2009, e.g. as vice chair of its IAC (2013-2017), and currently as chair of its Sub-Committee on Education and Research (SCEaR). 

Anca Claudia Prodan is an early career researcher, with degrees in Anthropology, Philosophy, World Heritage Studies, and Heritage Studies. Since 2010, she has focused her research on the Memory of the World Programme. She is a Corresponding Member of the Sub-Committee on Education and Research (SCEaR) of the UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Programme, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Heritage Studies Series, and a member of the International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme
  • Book Subtitle Key Aspects and Recent Developments
  • Editors Ray Edmondson
    Lothar Jordan
    Anca Claudia Prodan
  • Series Title Heritage Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Heritage Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-18440-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-18443-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18441-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 340
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Heritage
    Digital Humanities
    Information Systems and Communication Service
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