Island communities are often exceptionally rich in traditional culture. Islands tend to both preserve elements of expressive culture that have been lost on the mainland and foster interaction between various traditions, leading to new indigenous forms.
Performing Island Identities will explore music, dance, storytelling, folk theatre, and other performance traditions past and present in island communities worldwide. We will place special focus on the role of performance traditions in forming and maintaining identity. The conference will bring together folklorists, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, and others to consider the role of islandness in the development of traditions.
The noted folklorist and musician Alan Jabbour will act as keynote speaker. Other keynote speakers will be announced at a later date.
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