11. Dezember 2013, Heritage and the Issue of Gender Equality in Music and Performing Arts

11. Dezember 2013, Heritage and the Issue of Gender Equality in Music and Performing Arts

erstellt am 08. Oktober 2013

Gastvortrag Naila Ceribašić (Zagreb), 14:00 Uhr, Reiterkaserne, Raum 150, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zentrum für Genderforschung der KUG

UNESCO’s Program of Intangible Cultural UNESCO’s program on intangible cultural heritage bears ambiguities as regards its ultimate outcomes and its capacity to accommodate various identity positions and social groupings. The gender aspect of the program has up to now not incited much scholarly attention, excluding a couple of expert meetings organized by UNESCO itself, which pointed out a frequent opposition between the idea of gender equality and the reality of traditional cultures, that is, a tension between human and cultural rights, and the issue of how to accommodate both of them. Following these discus-sions, I shall analyze the discourse and practice of gender relationships in the ele-ments (i.e., traditions) included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and in the Croatian national list, firstly by looking into the basic descriptions of all elements proclaimed up to now, and then by examining in more detail several elements designated as female, such as Bistritsa Babi from Bul-garia and Spring Procession of Ljelje (queens) from Croatia. UNESCO’s growing con-cern for gender equality and acknowledgment of women’s roles, which is apparent for the last few years, brought about a more gender-correct discourse, whereas se-lected elements indicate that the empowerment of women is more often than not connected to a kind of strategic essentializing. Finally, I shall discuss the notion of difficult heritage, exemplified by the tradition of playing folk music instruments, and its avoidance in the program of intangible cultural heritage.


Naila Ceribašić Biography:

Naila Ceribašić is research advisor at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Re-search, associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Zagreb, member of the Executive Board of the International Council for Traditional Music and its rep-resentative at UNESCO, and a collaborator of several folklore festivals in Croatia. Her researches comprise traditional music in eastern Croatia, the role and function of music in the context of war and political changes, festivalization and heritagization of traditional music, gender aspects of music-making and music of minority commu-nities in Croatia, and theoretical and methodological issues in ethnomusicology. Be-side a book on the history and ethnography of the public practice of traditional music in Croatia (Hrvatsko, seljačko, starinsko i domaće, 2003), she is the author of a number of articles published in Croatian and English (e.g. in the Yearbook for Traditional Music), the editor of a few collections of papers, and producer of several CDs.


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