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Why 'folklore'? Seeking for belonging and identities 
Daniela Stavelova (Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
Rebeka Kunej (ZRC SAZU)
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Daniela Stavelova (Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
Marjeta Pisk (ZRC SAZU)
Zita Skorepova (Institute of Ethnology CAS)
Thursday 8 June, -, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

The panel will deal with the way how the past and elements of vernacular culture are (re)interpreted and (re)invented in contemporary society. We invite scholars to discuss how folklore is used to create safe place in today's uncertain world.

Long Abstract:

In uncertain times, the question of "return to the roots" becomes attractive. How are the elements of vernacular culture used for a cultural life and for social communication, and to what extent are these elements transformed by contemporary users? The past in the present takes on new authentic forms and connects organically with current ones. At the same time, even at the beginning of the third millennium, the folklore revival is not a simple and unambiguous activity and that it takes place in a network of cultural and political tendencies.

In contrast with the folklore movement of the second half of the 20th century (Stavělová, Buckland 2018; Bithell, Hill 2014), there is a clear shift within the presentational / participatory polarity. The environment of these activities is changing, and they take place not only as a part of the activities of folklore ensembles and associated events (festivals, competitions, etc.) but in connection with newly established events. Cultural memory plays a role here, which is characterized by its selectivity and purposefulness.

The presentations and discussions could be based on Zygmunt Bauman's (2001) idea of seeking safety in an insecure world and the ways of creating community. The panel invites papers addressing for example the role of music, dance, and other practices of the vernacular culture in building the identity and sustainability of a community. The principal questions should include a selection of elements representing different groups in everyday life and a manipulation of these elements in a larger social discourse.

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Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
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