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Cultural Heritage and Property

The categorization, political implementation as well as instrumentalization of the realm of cultural heritage in the modern ‘glocalized’ world both in cultural politics and academia indicate an expanding field in need of critical inquiry. Cultural heritage carries a strong potential for the acquisition of sociopolitical capital but renders also channels for economic resources. Consequently we witness its increasing role in culture-orientated politics at various levels, with particularly exploding resonance observable on the international stage.

This working group proposes to focus on the position and meanings of cultural heritage and cultural property on the different societal levels in the modern world and its individual nation states. Attention will be given to the politics of cultural heritage and especially to the consequences of the (In-)tangible Heritage conventions (UNESCO 2003) and the Intellectual Property conventions (WIPO), with consideration of all other processes that are selecting, honoring and turning into property what we call folklore or 'traditional cultural expressions’ and 'traditional knowledge’.

We call for the examination of the negotiated or contested relation between tangible and intangible heritage from the perspective of transnational organizations of cultural politics. Likewise, the marked entanglement of sociopolitical processes with economic reverberations propounds analyses on the repercussions of cultural heritage politics on existing practices; the influence of tourism etc.

Prof.Dr. Kristin Kuutma
Institute for Cultural Research and Fine Arts, University of Tartu Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia

Petja Aarnipuu, 
Maria Teresa Agozzino, 
Arne Bugge Amundsen 
Staffan Appelgren
Linda Ballard, 
Regina Bendix, 
Johanna Björkholm, 
Anna Bohlin
Chiara Bortolotto, 
Marion Bowman, 
Christoph Brumann
Sonia Catrina,
Steve Coleman, 
Olga Danglova, 
Chiara De Cesari, 
Ferdinand De Jong, 
Hester Dibbits, 
Jurij Fikfak
Laurent Sébastien Fournier, 
Florence Graezer Bideau
Sylvie Grenet, 
Helmut Groschwitz, 
Stefan Groth, 
Áki Guðni Karlsson, 
Anders Karl Gustaf Gustavsson
Valdimar Hafstein, 
Amy Hale, 
Lee Haring, 
Ellen Herz
Cyril Isnart, 
Marc Jacobs, 
Vicente Javier Arias Gómez
Taha Tuna Kaya
Anete Karlsone, 
Alina Kaczmarek
Saskia Klaasen, 
Ewa Klekot
Marjoke Krom, 
Ullrich Kockel
Pauliina Latvala
Walter Leimgruber, 
Peter Jan Margry, 
Sharon Macdonald, 
Paula Mota Santos, 
Máiréad Nic Craith, 
Marleen Nommela, 
Doroth Noyes, 
Eckehard Pistrick, 
Joanna Popielska
Stein Roar Mathisen, 
Cristina Sánchez Carretero, 
Torunn Selberg, 
Luis Silva, 
Katriina Siivonen, 
Martin Skyskrup, 
Ingrid Slavec Gradišnik,
Meritxell Sucarrat Viola, 
Alessandro Testa,
Tok Thompson, 
Anita Vaivade, 
Emanuel Valentin
Gary West, 
Daniel Wojcik, 
Albert van der Zeijden, 
Hans-Jakob Ågotnes