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?

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
“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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: