Folkloristics and Heritage Studies: Love and Theft


Gregory Hansen (Arkansas State University)

Are characteristic relationships between folkloristics and heritage studies defined more by co-optation or contributions? Folklorists have directly contributed to the contemporary heritage discourse through their public practice and scholarship, but there are warnings against problems with opportunistically jumping onto the heritage studies' bandwagon. It also is worthwhile to explore questions of love or theft from the position of heritage studies. Elucidating ways that folkloristics and heritage studies can interanimate each other provides resources to enhance the contributions of each field within the wider spheres of research and practice.

Part of 24-02 Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part III: Public Practice and ICH Safeguarding through Heritage Regimes, Academic and Cultural Institutions , Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm