Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

14-01 Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part II: Nationalism, Class, and Heritage Policies

Monday, October 18, 2:15 pm–3:45 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 12-01, 24-02


Chair: Rodrigo Chocano (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and Carol Silverman (University of Oregon)

2:15 pm
Strategic Skepticism: Class, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Participation in the Nomination of Atajo de Negritos and Pallitas to the UNESCO ICH Representative List
Rodrigo Chocano (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

2:35 pm
Roma and Bulgarian Wedding Music: Debating Heritage and Nationalism during Socialism and Postsocialism
Carol Silverman (University of Oregon)

2:55 pm
Entanglements of Heritage Politics and Affective Practice
Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu)

3:15 pm
Whose Culture? Whose Responsibility? Gender, Power, and Class in Southern African Cultural Preservation Initiatives
Lisa Gilman (George Mason University)

Heritage studies engages issues long addressed by folkloristics. While studying much the same cultural phenomena they occupy disjunct universes of discourse, with too little interaction 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 heritage interventions. ICH scholar/practitioners, like public folklorists, act and reflect as cultural brokers and apply scholarship. This second of three linked sessions examines neglect by elites of the agency of subalterns whose practices they strive to safeguard, the reciprocity of heritage commoditization and right wing politics, and articulation of heritage policies with nationalism, populism and xenophobia.