WMW05
Intangible cultural heritage, memory and self-hood (IUAES Commission on Intangible Cultural Heritage)

Convenors:
Lourdes Arizpe (National University of Mexico)
Location:
University Place 2.218
Start time:
7 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Intangible cultural heritage is an optimal site to allow researchers and practitioners to examine the role of memory and aesthetics in fostering both individual self-hood as well as unity in a collective commons; and the contrasts of diversity and choice that foster innovation.

Long abstract:

Given the changes in the frontiers of the human experience due to genetics, neurological and technological advances, in the coming years, people will conduct an infinite number of experiments in ways of being human and, at the same time, "living together" to create a sustainable world. Anthropology must be central in participating and fostering a new understanding of such experiments by linking ideas and practices about the past with cultural practices in the present leading to the future. Intangible cultural heritage is an optimal site for engaging in this endeavour by allowing researchers and practitioners to examine the role of memory and aesthetics in fostering both individual self-hood as well as unity in a collective commons; and the contrasts of diversity and choice that foster innovation