Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

12-01 Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part I: Heritagization, Folklore Studies, and Transformations of Traditions

Monday, October 18, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Fellows of the American Folklore Society, the Public Programs Section

See also 14-01, 24-02


Chair: Dorothy  Noyes (The Ohio State University) and Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu)

11:15 am
The UNESCO Effect, Part II: Local Practice and the Power of Metacultural Categories
Michael  Dylan  Foster (University of California, Davis)

11:45 am
From Live Cultures to Cultural Heritage
Valdimar Tr. Hafstein (University of Iceland)

12:15 pm
Limits and Opportunities of Heritagization: Two Examples from Estonia
Elo-Hanna Seljamaa (University of Tartu)

The rapidly growing heritage studies field engages issues long addressed by folkloristics. While studying much the same cultural phenomena they occupy disjunct universes of discourse, speaking too little to each other. Heritage studies examines transformations of traditions through heritagization and commoditization through tourism. Community consent, nationalist ideologies, and differential participation based upon gender, class, and ethnicity are foci for research about government intervention in ICH. Scholar/practitioners of ICH, like public folklorists, act and reflect as cultural brokers and apply scholarship. This first of three linked sessions explores heritage branding of a local food, metacultural categorization of ritual affecting local practice, devaluing folklore in postcolonial heritage politics, and relationships of heritage discourse to the field of folklore.