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[Commlist] Call: Thematic Panels, Roundtables, and Indigenous & Ethnographic Films Exhibition

Tue Feb 16 18:42:00 GMT 2021

OPEN CALL: Thematic Panels, Roundtables, and Indigenous & Ethnographic
Films Exhibition
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
Heritages, Global Interconnections in a Possible World
November 9-13, 2021

Deadline: February 28, 2021

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The IUAES 2021 Yucatán congress focuses on heritage(s). The field of
heritage is one where social, cultural, religious, ecological, and
political topics are articulated in complex, productive, and even
conflicting manners at different levels that connect local, regional,
national and global issues. The different types of heritage (tangible,
natural, bio-cultural, intangible, industrial, and post-industrial, among
others) —linked to the concepts of culture, identity, and nature— are
social constructions whose understanding and problematization require
interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches in order to confront the
knowledge and views of the sciences that have been devoted to this topic.

We live now in the Anthropocene, an era characterized by particular types
of relationships between human beings and their environment that have
caused alarming cumulative and irreversible impacts: accelerated loss of
biodiversity, global warming, and productive changes. Likewise, we must
take into account cultural changes such as the extinction of indigenous
languages and a disregard for practices and knowledges that are relevant to
cultural diversity. In this scenario, the different types of heritage come
to life as particular and multiple forms of value assignment in the face of
threats from global capitalism. Here, we are not only talking about
institutionally recognized heritage, but also about the one which groups
and communities themselves recognize as essential for the organization of
their social and economic life.

It is thus relevant to think about heritage and its capacity to articulate
the past, present, and future, in the midst of processes of social change
and its imbrications with the market, tourism, and the reframing of
cultural elements, which hold negotiated and strategically defined
contents. In these processes, traditions do not remain static, but rather
are an expression of the various forms of resistance, survival strategies,
and continuously contested identities.

It is of utmost importance to reflect on the tensions and frictions of the
patrimonialization processes. We will address questions such as the
following: Who is behind heritage-making processes and to what ends? What
are the repercussions of that which is defined or not as “heritage”, by a
given group or in the name of humanity? How does local “heritage”, whatever
its definition, relate to the nation-state and to the globalized world? How
does the asymmetrical exercise of power underlie these processes? How is
local heritage, built from the meanings assigned by indigenous and
non-indigenous groups, – and influenced by constructions of gender,
ethnicity, social class, economic activity, environment or origin – related
to “the heritage” proclaimed by hegemonic groups? Who determines what
should be preserved, what should be discarded, or what should be recovered
and revitalized? What is the heritage we are building on for the future?

In this context, understanding the interrelationships between environment,
culture, food, human health, well-being, and living environments is a
priority for the development of new routes that are capable of meeting the
universal challenges of contemporary social and environmental degradation,
including SarsCov2 pandemic effects. The IUAES Yucatan 2021 Congress offers
a forum to reflect and debate on these and other issues, with colleagues
from various countries around the world and to share different approaches
and life experiences.

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