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Living heritage as a source of resilience in times of uncertainty 
Lubica Volanska (Slovak Academy of Sciences)
Eva Kuminková (National Open Air Museum)
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Ioana Baskerville (Romanian Academy - Iasi Branch)
Friday 9 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

Living heritage is not only an object of safeguarding but also a source of traditional knowledge that helps us manage difficult living conditions and overcome uncertainty. The panel will explore the relationship between resilient adaptation to the new "normal(s)" and intangible cultural heritage.

Long Abstract:

In the past few years, Europe has gone through a global COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and an energetic crisis. Problems, which had been smouldering, became even more prominent. Measures related to the pandemic, urgent humanitarian needs or mere security of livelihood have had direct consequences for the psychological well-being of individuals, placing the uncertainty at the centre of our lives.

Times of crisis raise fundamental questions about society, politics and everyday life. Anthropologist Andrew Littlejohn (2020) suggests that the dichotomy between "time of crisis" and "ordinary times" needs to be problematized because "ordinary" times are marked by profound differences between different social groups. During uncertain times, the notion of "past normality" collides with current "abnormality" and often leads to a wish for familiar settings.

In these situations, living heritage often becomes an essential source of resilience. Our society does not rely solely on the traditional means of transmission of knowledge and skills necessary for life anymore. Living heritage represents stable and time-tested core values and methods of dealing with chaos and difficult living conditions.

What is the relation between past and present "normal" and "abnormal"? How can living heritage help people orient themselves in new situations and overcome grave changes in their living conditions?

Among others, we will especially welcome contributions focused on the role of living heritage in the following:

● public policies,

● local economies,

● health care,

● families and communities,

● education,

● social integration,

● social and spiritual life.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 9 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 9 June, 2023, -