P316
Everyday creativity, cultural heritage and cultural sustainability

Convenors:
Katriina Siivonen (University of Turku)
Katriina Soini (Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy)
Location:
Block 1, Piso 0, Room 36
Start time:
20 April, 2011 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Both change and creativity, and continuity are basic qualities of culture. What should be sustained in local and glocal cultural processes: is it the safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, creative interaction and changes in cultural processes, or in some degree and content both of these?

Long abstract:

Single human individuals form the whole culture in their basically global interaction with other people and their physical environment. On the one hand change and creativity, and on the other local and glocal continuity are basic qualities of culture in this process. Our time is characterised as a global transition period, wherein change in all is fast and intensive. Individuality and in many forms varying cultural meanings are considered to strengthen. On the one hand, social structures, organisations and institutions are considered to weaken, and on the other they are considered to strengthen in their combinations with multifaceted and varying cultural meanings and symbols. In this process, cultural heritage is safeguarded and used in different economic and political contexts at international, national and local levels. The following questions are being raised by scientists and society more and more frequently: What is sustainable cultural development in this changing world? What should be sustained in culture: is it the safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, creative interaction and changes in cultural processes, or in some degree and content both of these? Who has the power to define and make decisions about cultural sustainability? How does cultural sustainability relate to ecological, economic and social dimensions of sustainability? All presentations, both theoretical and empirical, that discuss sustainability in local, global and glocal cultural processes, cultural heritage, everyday creativity and human individuals as producers of culture are welcome in the workshop.