Cyril Isnart from Universidade de Evora and I are organizing a panel for the next conference of the American Anthropological Association which will take place in Chicago from November, 20-24th.
Ou panel is on the "Role and stakes of entrepreneurship in the patrimonialization process: a comparative perspective among tangible, intangible and natural objects"
You can find bellow our panel proposal. If you have any question please contact me through email.
The deadline for submission is April 8th in order to reorganize the panel and submit it on April 15th, deadline of the all conference.
Here is the description
Through ethnographical experiences from Europe, North and South America, this panel will focus on the role of individual entrepreneurship in the heritage-making process of tangible, intangible and natural objects. In the archetypal understandings of patrimonialization, the construction and the safeguarding of collective memories are most frequently considered as cultural policy of specific human groups such as states, ethnicities, minorities and local communities. However, if such approaches have focused on macro, meso or micro social level, they have generally overlooked the individuals’ interests per se, which are nonetheless an essential element in the process. Indeed, there is a strong possibility that the scope of heritage-making around the world and the large variety of elements transformed into heritage today (music and dance practices, family souvenirs, natural environments, historic monuments) have prevented many from taking the individual’s perspective into account.
On the one hand, considering that these individual actors are led by both personal and collective ambitions, the panel will discuss the role of heritage entrepreneurship through the lens of the varied range of heritage elements currently considered as cultural heritage. This dialogue among the patrimonialization of various objects will contribute to a collective reflection on the influence of the objects involved in the process, as well as engagement in heritage entrepreneurship. More broadly such a comparison will allow anthropologists to think about the stakes of heritage-making not only in terms of its cultural and social aspects but also of its political, economical and aesthetical ones.
On the other hand, knowing that cultural anthropology attempts to model patrimonialization activities as “social”, a comparative perspective can take into existence – or not – common elements and strategies that inform the diversity – or the standardization – of heritage-making processes, regardless of their objects, actors and cultural areas. By doing so, this panel invites participants to focus on the training process itself and, more precisely, to ask if a general modelling of patrimonialization is possible regarding the diversity of the heritage phenomenon.
The presentations will include media projects, audio, video, and photography. The panellists will address various approaches to the current challenges of heritage-making, which are of major and growing importance for anthropologists studying culture, identity, tradition and heritage matters. In this perspective, the dialogue within the panel will give a new account of the engagement in patrimonialization of individual actors, who act as real entrepreneurs by taking part in the heritage process for cultural, identitary, economical or political reasons.
Postdoctoral researcher, Canadian Research Chair on Urban Heritage
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