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Lecture: Heritage vs. Capabilities in Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Marrakech
The Ohio State University's Center for Folklore Studies presents a conversation with coffee and carbohydrates.
Newly-minted OSU PhD in Music Thomas Beardslee will discuss his dissertation research on "Heritage vs. Capabilities in Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Marrakech."
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Mershon Center 120
1501 Neil Ave.
The Jemaa el Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where locals and
tourists gather day and night to watch a wide variety of street
performers, became ground zero for UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage
agenda in 1997 when the novelist Juan Goytisolo became
concerned about a proposed redevelopment and called up his old friend
Federico Mayor Zaragoza to suggest that old buildings were not the only
kind of culture UNESCO should protect. Since then, ICH has become a
dominant global approach to the maintenance of
cultural diversity. Tom Beardslee will talk about the emergent order of
the square as performers negotiate the space with one another, how
implementation of ICH has affected both the life of the square and
performer livelihoods, and how the capability approach,
enunciated by Amartya Sen as an alternative to economic development
policy, suggests alternatives.
With this informal event, we inaugurate a collaboration between
the Center for Folklore Studies, the Department of Linguistics, and the
Mershon Center for International Security Studies: the Mershon Research
Network in Cultural Resilience. We will meet
again in late May and once more in August to discuss readings on
resilience and on capabilities, looking for alternative conceptual
framings that might allow us to think clearly about the conditions under
which traditional culture and small languages can
thrive, and how--or whether--that thriving is correlated to human
wellbeing. On September 5th and 6th
we'll hold a conference, "Sustainable Pluralism: Linguistic and
Cultural Resilience in Multiethnic Societies." Although we are not sure
where this conversation
will end up (the resilience framework poses its own pitfalls) we are
interested in breaking out of the identity jail set up by the heritage
approach. Too often the global conversation can imagine no contemporary
modes of difference beyond tourism and terrorism.
The network builds on Ohio State's deep expertise in the cultural
and political dynamics of plural societies, calling on ground-level
perspectives to invigorate a tired policy debate. Researchers in any
discipline and especially graduate students are
especially invited to participate. For further information please
contact coordinators Brian Joseph (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dorothy Noyes (email@example.com).