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Art and uncertainty: adversity, creativity, and vernacular expression 
István Povedák (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design)
Daniel Wojcik (University of Oregon)
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Performativity and ritual
Saturday 10 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

Contemporary crises on a global scale have exponentially increased a widespread sense of uncertainty and existential anxiety in the world today. This panel theme explores how vernacular artistic expression has been used as a way to address current problems and confront personal and societal trauma.

Long Abstract:

The political, economic, ecological, and cultural processes of the recent past, combined with pandemics and armed conflicts, have dramatically increased the sense of crisis and trauma in contemporary societies. In response to these processes, growing attention has focused on making people aware of the risks and uncertainties of everyday life. However, the role of vernacular creativity (art-making, music-making, body adornment, street art, foodways, dance and performance, craftwork, etc.) has received relatively little attention in this regard.

Even within the fields of Ethnology, Folkloristics, and adjoining disciplines, the study of vernacular creativity as a coping mechanism for uncertainties and crises in life has remained largely on the margins of academic inquiry, with only a few pioneers in the field investigating the ways in which such artistry attends to individual and societal dilemmas. In this panel we welcome papers that address the following questions, among others, in regard to vernacular artistic expression, with a particular focus on material culture, music, and dance:

Who were the initial artists in a given region/ethnic enclave that began to use artistic creativity to deal with crises and the uncertainties of everyday life?

What were the initiatory factors and motivations behind their artistic presence and performance?

How do vernacular artists express personal and broader societal traumatic events, including inequalities, violence, war and refugee experiences, discrimination, injustice, etc.?

How do artists from marginalized or displaced groups draw upon tradition and cultural heritage as a way of coping with uncertainties today?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Saturday 10 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Saturday 10 June, 2023, -