Fascinating Talk at the School of Music — Nov 20th 10:30am —

17 Nov

This caught my eye as I was browsing through event calenders in the wee hours of the morning.

As I was listening to a 91.3 special on the genre of “world music” and how so much can be thrown into this label haphazardously, I think this talk really goes hand and hand with that idea. I can definitely see how “heritage” music is almost working against the efforts to preserve national identity vis-a-vis art. However, the legal ramifications of “freezing” cultural symbols for the sake of perservation sounds like an ideology more harmful than beneficial.

What do you think?

Professor Marc Perlman, Brown University: “An Iron Cage for Culture?”
Thursday, Nov 20th, 2008
10:30 am
Music 212
There is no charge for this event.

“An Iron Cage for Culture? Traditional Music between Exploitation and Regulation” Cultural misappropriation—the use in developed nations of the traditional stories, symbols, images or music of the developing world—has sparked a movement to create an international regime for the legal protection of heritage. While many legal scholars and anthropologists support this movement, some fear that it will freeze cultural life, solidify fluid social boundaries, and encase culture in an “iron cage” of bureaucracy. I survey the development of international legal regimes governing traditional music, showing how the deconstruction of fixed categories can undermine exploitation while at the same time perpetuating it.


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