Nar02
Tracking changes on the margins of texts and written culture [SIEF Working Group of Historical Approaches in Cultural Analysis]

Convenors:
Katre Kikas (Estonian Literary Museum)
Pauliina Latvala-Harvilahti (The Finnish Literature Society)
Stream:
Narratives
Format:
Workshops
Location:
Aula 8 (Andrés S. Suárez)
Start time:
16 April, 2019 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Changing means that some new elements enter the system, but it also raises the question of what elements have been discarded or marginalized? This panel focuses on the mechanisms of marginalization and (re)embedding as agents of change.

Long abstract:

Changing means that some new elements enter the system, but it also raises the question of what elements have been discarded? Texts can be crossed out, overwritten, tossed into a dustbin, hidden under the bed or in the attic; texts produced by certain people, communities or institutions can stay unnoticed and marginalized. This can happen due to political, aesthetic, or many other reasons. But in the same vein texts can (re)emerge out of oblivion and become fully (re)embedded into culture; sometimes this re-emerging is imaginary - a totally new text is introduced as long-lost and accidentally found one. We invite participants of this panel to think about those discarded and marginalized (or newly found and (re)embedded) elements of culture and how they act as agents of change. We welcome case studies connected to different eras and geographical areas. We invite papers that explore some of the following (or other connected) questions: *mechanisms and functions of marginalization and (re)embedding *marginalization from above (political censorship), and on the personal level (self-censorship) *vernacular literacy - usages of literacy that to not conform to the dominant ways *retrospective reassessment of those texts - do they tell something new about their era, authors etc *marginalization or (re)embedding as the agents of change