Heriot Watt University

Cultural Revival(s)

In many parts of Europe, old performance traditions such as Easter plays, mumming and other folk play activities and have enjoyed long afterlives; in others, many such forms of community performance have been revived in recent years, e.g. in Edinburgh, the revival of a summer-winter battle at Beltane. This research area is particularly concerned with ideological, political and emotional investments in reclaiming older performance traditions for contemporary culture. Proposals addressing questions about the socio-political and cultural implications of re-appropriating, re-imagining or adapting and performing the past in and for the present are welcome, particularly in the following areas: 

  • modern attitudes towards concepts such as heritage, tradition and authenticity
  • the implications of re-appropriating, re-imagining or adapting intangible cultural heritage and traditions for community identity
  • the uses of performed intangible cultural heritage and traditions in contemporary societies, and specifically how such performances operate at a local level in community and identity building.

 

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