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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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(p.19) Introduction
Curatorial Conversations

Diana Baird N’Diaye

Olivia Cadaval

Sojin Kim

University Press of Mississippi

The volume editors frame and contextualize Smithsonian Folklife Festival history with attention to the role of curatorial practice in mediating and negotiating the concerns and interests of the event’s varied publics and stakeholders. The editors address how the articles create a step towards systematically examining institutional Festival principles and the particular curatorial process of the Festival, unpacking the challenges, responsibilities, and forms of conversation that cultural representation entails; the ideals upon which the Festival is based; and places of friction and contestation that arise among the many parties involved in producing it.

Keywords:   Cultural Representation, Curating, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Public Sector Folklore, Smithsonian Folklife Festival (history)

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