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Folklore revivals in non-democratic contexts 
Ieva Weaver (Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia)
Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu)
Valdis Muktupāvels (University of Latvia)
Austė Nakienė (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore)
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Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu)
Valdis Muktupāvels (University of Latvia)
Thursday 8 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

This panel focuses on the challenges of folklore revivals that emerged under non-democratic regimes in the second half of the 20th century. It explores the uncertainties and strategies of people practicing folklore under strong governmental control of public expression.

Long Abstract:

In many countries, folklore revivals developed under non-democratic political regimes. The aim of this panel is to build comparative knowledge on the challenges and strategies of the folklore revivals that emerged in non-democratic political environments during the second half of the 20th century. The focus is on the countries of the former Soviet Union, also including countries of the former Eastern Bloc under the Soviet political and ideological power influence. 'Folklore revivals' ('folklore revival movements', 'folklore movements', 'folk music revivals', etc.) are understood here both as periods of active construction of new meanings and practices of folklore in society, and as social movements striving for change within the ruling governments, ideologies, and policies. Research projects and publications of the previous decade have provided a solid basis for comparative research of folklore and music revivals in this context (Stavělová, Buckland, eds., 2018; Bithell, Hill, eds., 2014). We invite scholars to discuss the uncertainties and strategies of people researching and performing folklore publicly in oppressive regimes that tended to influence many aspects of folklore practices: ideas, identities, repertoires, performance styles, events, institutions, and personal safety.

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