The Center for Folklore Studies at the Ohio State University is delighted to announce the online publication of Culture Archives and the State: Between Nationalism, Socialism, and the Global Market.
Proceedings of an international conference held May 3-5, 2007, at the
Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State
University, Columbus, Ohio. Columbus: The OSU Knowledge Bank, 2010. https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/handle/1811/46896
papers address the political uses of ethnographic archives from the
late nineteenth century to the present. Archives keep tabs on
populations, define and discipline national identities, shape and censor
public memories, but also shelter discredited alternative accounts for
future recovery. Today their contents and uses are tensely negotiated
between states, scholars, and citizens as folklore archives become key
resources for the reconstruction of lifeworlds in transition. Case
studies and reports come from China, India (Bengal), Afghanistan, Spain,
Finland, Estonia, Romania, Croatia, the US, and the German-speaking
lands. In a keynote address, Regina Bendix provides a general account of
"property and propriety” in archival practice.