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Curatorial ConversationsCultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival$
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Olivia Cadaval, Sojin Kim, and Diana Baird N'Diaye

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805980

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.001.0001

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Against Curation: The Challenges of Community Self-Representation (or, Confessions of a Former Control Addict)

Against Curation: The Challenges of Community Self-Representation (or, Confessions of a Former Control Addict)

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(p.67) Against Curation: The Challenges of Community Self-Representation (or, Confessions of a Former Control Addict)
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Curatorial Conversations
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Frank Proschan

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.003.0006

Using the examples from Festival programs on Lao American and Greek American Folklife and reflecting on the author’s experience in operationalizing the UNESCO Convention on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, this chapter examines tensions between the authority/agency of the bearers and practitioners of intangible cultural heritage, on the one hand, and experts, scholars and curators on the other. It takes a provocative stance against conventional notions of “curation” of Festival programs if they do not include the agency or serve the capacity–building aims in service to the featured communities.

Keywords:   Agency/authority, Greek American folklife, Intangible cultural heritage, Lao American folklife, UNESCO

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