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Tuesday, October 19, 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
Back to the Future: Tracing Ecomuseological Ideas in Critical Heritage Work Today
Michelle L. Stefano (American Folklife Center)
Folkloristics and Heritage Studies: Love and Theft
Gregory Hansen (Arkansas State University)
Public Folklore and ICH: Comparisons and Bridges to Build
Robert Baron (Goucher College)
Heritage studies 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 traditions transformed through heritagization and commoditized 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, apply research and act as cultural brokers. This third of three linked sessions explores how folklore could shape heritage methodologies, community engagement, modes of presentation and academic programs, construction of Fen alcohol as a Chinese ICH “alcohol regime” and ecomuseology’s parallels with public folklore and influence upon heritage studies.