P29
Cultural practices: representations and discourses

Convenors:
Ana Maria Martinho (CHAM-NOVA FCSH-UAc)
Location:
B1 1.10
Sessions:
Friday 19 July, 11:30-13:00

Short abstract:

Cultural practices can be described and analyzed from very different perspectives; they relate to forms of heritage, transmission and interpretation and may be a factor of identification in a community as well as a potential source of conflicts.

Long abstract:

Cultural practices can be described and analyzed from very different perspectives; they relate to forms of heritage, transmission and interpretation and may be a factor of identification in a community as well as a potential source of conflicts. Belonging to a certain culture implies engaging in the preservation or revision of historical facts, knowledge, religious practices, tangible and intangible productions. The implications of such choices for the present times can vary widely as they are perceived by society according to their relevance and range of impacts. It is very common to find conflicting interpretations of ancestral practices among different generations or social groups. It can also be problematic as far as gender empowerment is concerned. Political consequences are very present in many of these situations and are often followed by long-lasting collective memories. This may also allow questions on how subjects take charge of their lives and social choices, as well as how the narration of their history(ies) can be, or is, designed by themselves instead of being part of a discourse of dominance.