06-13 Adversity, Advocacy, and the Politics of Vernacular Artistic Expression

Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Parlor A

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Folk Arts and Material Culture Section

Chair: Daniel Wojcik (University of Oregon)

2:30 pm
Adversity and Vernacular Artistry
Daniel Wojcik (University of Oregon)

3:00 pm
The Dzaleka Art Project: Community-Based Documentation in a Malawian Refugee Camp
Lisa Gilman (George Mason University)

3:30 pm
Intersectionality and Balkan Romani Activism: Musicians Respond to Racism
Carol T. Silverman (University of Oregon, emerita)

4:00 pm
The Politics of Vernacular Artistic Expression in Populist Hungary
István Povedák (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest) and Kinga Povedak (MTA-SZTE 'Convivence' Religious Pluralism Research Group)

This session examines the politics of vernacular artistic activity as manifested in diverse contexts, ranging from activist expressions in response to adversity, racism, displacement, and trauma, to the political uses of “cultural roots” and “tradition” in promoting neo-nationalistic agendas. Panelists analyze 1) how vernacular expression is used by marginalized communities to oppose injustice, confront hardship, and challenge oppressive social conditions, and conversely, 2) how folk religio-cultural elements are appropriated and employed to endorse government supported nationalism. Presenters explore issues of identity, displacement, community, creativity, entrepreneurship, advocacy, collaboration, activism, mediatization, vernacular populism, and the folkloresque.