IW08
World in Europe

Convenors:
Viacheslav Rudnev (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology)
Peter Nas (Leiden University)
Stream:
Invited workshops
Location:
R1A
Start time:
28 August, 2008 at 14:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

The workshop aims to discuss papers on social questions ranging from problems in healthcare and rural development to the construction of identity in modern society. It will discuss the role of material and immaterial heritage in local and worldwide contexts.

Long abstract:

Heritage and traditional knowledge are very important in the modern world. People are in search of ways to solve problems in the human-nature-society system by applying both high technologies and folk wisdom. Original folk technologies quite often assist in solving everyday problems (healthcare, cooking and so on). Practice has shown that folk knowledge can actually be functional in solving high level problems caused by human impact on the environment (e.g. farming methods) offering possibilities for effective long-term sustainable production at the local level. Heritage is also important in modern urban contexts for reasons of identity construction and nation building. Besides material culture, symbolism and ritual constitute an important part of it. In this workshop we intend to discuss cross-cultural perspectives and focus on the analysis of local heritage and traditional wisdom in the context of modern problems.