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CFP – XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology – Lisbon July 29 to August 4, 2012

Session 16: New ruralities – Between virtual discourses, social imaginaries and urban consumptions

Convenors: Elisabete Figueiredo; Isabel Rodrigo; Luís Silva

Abstract: Various rural areas around the world experienced significant processes of reconfiguration and reinvention over the last decades in consequence of increasing global socio-economic dynamics of change. Many of these reconfiguration processes are fostered by current, often external, social discourses, representations and consumptions on rural ways of life, symbols, traditions and landscapes. Rurality seems increasingly deterritorized and delocalized, that is, increasingly independent of the actual characteristics of rural territories, being the symbolic representations of the rural and rurality apparently disconnected from their geographical references, consequently giving rise to a virtual and intangible rural.

Taking the previous remarks into account, the aims of this working session are:

– To assess the means through which such discourses and representations are conveyed (e.g. internet, computer games, newspapers, television programs, tourism promotional materials, political discourses, consumption practices, etc);

– To analyze the content of those imaginaries and consumptions on ruralities (e.g. symbols, objects, images, etc);

– To address the materialization of discourses, images and consumptions on rural territories and their processes of reinvention.  

Proposals are invited that offer both conceptual reflections on these (or related) topics as well as empirically derived insights. We kindly request authors to submit online their abstracts no later than 15th January 2012 according to the IRSA requests (http://irsa2012.com/event/irsa-2012/proposals/). Abstracts should be written in English and cannot exceed 150 words.

Sief Congress Lisbon, Panel Making heritage, making knowledge – April 19th and 20th

During the 10th Sief Congress to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu) and Valdimar Tr. Hafstein (University of Iceland) are directing a panel called “Making heritage, making knowledge”.

19 Apr, 2011 at 16:30
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Av. de Berna 26, Lisbon


A formation of recent vintage, seized upon by a vast array of actors under a variety of circumstances in hundreds of thousands of scattered places, the success of cultural heritage in recent years and decades has been phenomenal. Mobilizing people and resources, reforming discourses and transforming practices, cultural heritage changes the world.

The recent re-theorization of heritage as a social construction and cultural practice combines places and people, objects and expressions while drawing attention to the process of heritage-making. On the ground, cultural heritage is a strong and flexible language for staking claims to culture and claims based on culture. As an asset for acquiring socio-political capital, as a channel for economic resources, and as a frequent bone of contention, cultural heritage plays an important role in the global politics of culture.

The construction and identification of cultural heritage is always an act of politics and power; it depends on who defines cultural heritage and who has the control to conceptualize its stewardship. Cultural heritage plays on the categories of time and space, on continuity and locality in contrast with their opposites. A value-laden project of ideology, it makes claims for ownership, purity, and restitution. At the same time, analysing how cultural heritage is identified and instrumentalised requires critical investigation into how knowledge of heritage is made and disseminated, and how it generates categorical distinctions, exclusions and inclusions.

This panel has been convened to explore the various interfaces of heritage making and knowledge production.


Cultural heritage and the theory of repetition
Pertti Anttonen (University of Helsinki)

Framing folklore, framing heritage
Diarmuid Ó Giolláin (University of Notre Dame)

Knowledge and power in the UNESCO World Heritage system
Christoph Brumann (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle)

Sex, lies and heritage
Ellen Hertz (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

Knowledge production and the National Museum
Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu)

Unknowing a museum: memories and proposals for Lisbon’s Folk Art Museum
Alexandre Oliveira (ISCTE- Lisbon University Institute)

Making Sámi heritage: representations of Sámi culture and history in museum exhibitions
Nika Potinkara (University of Jyväskylä)

Heritage, power and ethnicity: a Norwegian case study
Arne Bugge Amundsen (University of Oslo)

Making noble World Heritage in Tana Toraja, Indonesia
Karin Klenke (University of Goettingen)  email

Heritage, knowledge, and conflict
Markus Tauschek (Universität Kiel)

World Heritage in the making: making politics and making conceptualizations
Hans-Jakob Ågotnes (University of Bergen)

Making Swiss intangible cultural heritage: tensions between the centre and its peripheries
Florence Graezer Bideau (EPFL)

Legal ground: metaphysical place for heritage making
Anita Vaivade (Latvian Academy of Culture)

“Swiss watch-making hasn’t changed!” The production of historical continuities and the heritagization of the watch-making industry in the Swiss Jura region

Hervé Munz (University of Neuchâtel)

Birth and life of historic centres in metropolitan areas
Filipa Ramalhete (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa)  and Flavio Barbini (Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa)

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Sief Congress Lisbon, Panel Sound, space and memory: ways of emotionalizing and instrumentalizing sound – 19 April 2011

During the 10th Sief Congress to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, Cyril Isnart (CIDEHUS-Universidade de Evora) and Eckehard Pistrick (Martin-Luther-University Halle/Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre)  are directing a panel called “Sound, space and memory: ways of emotionalizing and instrumentalizing sound”.

19 Apr, 2011 at 11:30-18:00
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Av. de Berna 26, Lisbon


Sound and space have been considered as two distinct phenomena, visual and aural, to be studied by different disciplines: (ethno)musicology and geography. But the anthropology of space, the anthropology of senses (Turner) and performance studies (Schiefflin, Marshall) have shown how music links with space and memory. Every experience of space is at the same time a visual, acoustic and memory experience. Places possess a particular soundscape (Murray Schafer, Feld, Scaldaferri) linked to the process of recollecting and learning the traces of the past.

In times of musical globalization and musical hybridization, music detaches itself from its space of origin and tends to exist as a non-spatial and non-identifiable object. On the other hand, sound becomes appropriated by space influenced by local discourses, nationalist rhetorics or heritage politics. Space is considered in these terms as the mythical origin of musical expressions.

In the last decades, human migrations have profoundly remodeled the relation between music and space. As a result, an increased role was attributed to aural memory for remembering places, involving particular emotions. In these terms, memory stimulates a widespread nostalgia for the sounds and spaces of origin.

The panel aims to highlight the connections between sound and space, in local emic terms and as an etic concept of cultural politics. How can ‘local sounds’ be understood in a globalized world? What role do memory processes play in linking space and sounds? In what sense does the aural compliment the visual in performance? In what respect can music as a symbol evoke a ‘lost space’?


Silence habité: constructions sonores de la spatialité dans la clôture
Francesca Sbardella (Università di Bologna)

Building the hero: from ritual mourning to mp3 among the Armenian Yezidis
Estelle Amy de la Bretèque (Instituto de etnomusicologia (INET-MD/UNL)

Sound, space, and dance in the local “panigyria” in Greece: the co-relation of sound, space and dance in the local “panigyria” in Northwestern Greece, their dynamics and their social implications
Athena Katsanevaki (University of Macedonia)

Sounds like history: maritime heritage soundscapes and the appropration of the past
Johannes Mueske (University of Zurich) and Thomas Hengartner (University of Zurich)

Embodied imagination: understanding place through sound and movement
Eva Rodriguez Riestra (University of NSW)

Synchronization of images and music realised by Leoš Janáček in Moravia in 1906 in the context of documentation of the traditional Whitsuntide ritual “The Little Queens“
Jarmila Procházková (Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Eastern dreams and sonic utopias: the amplified worlds of Romanian manele
Victor A. Stoichita (Instituto de etnomusicologia (INET-MD/UNL)

Linking spaces with sound
Olivier Feraud (LAU/IIAC/CNRS/EHESS)

“Die besten falschen Russen”: Exploring music and memory in the Russenpartyszene in Berlin
Tirza de Fockert (University of Amsterdam)

L’église, écrin de sonorités et de mémoires musicales: un espace en redéfinition
Josee laplace (UQAM)

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CFP Engaging space, Performing place: ‘making place’ through expressive practice – Lisbon – April 2011

The SIEF conference – People make places: ways of feeling the world – taking place in Lisbon, 17-21 April 2011 is open for individual paper proposals*.

We would like to invite the submission of paper proposals for the following panel:

Panel title:   Engaging space, Performing place: ‘making place’ through expressive practice (P222)

In this panel we would like to explore how people engage with space in performative and other expressive practices. We want to focus on how, in these practices, reflexive (sensory) experience is used to ‘make’ meaningful places, which can be imagined or real, public or private.

We take as our starting point the notion that expressive/performative practices are embedded in and contingent upon socio-cultural context, and that they are brought into being through, and are dependent on, the engagement of individuals/groups with their physical and social environment; in short, that they are em-placed and em-bodied expressions of  ‘being-in-the-world’ (Csordas, 1999).

We would like to invite proposals for papers that reflect, theoretically and/or empirically, on current notions of space and place in a variety of disciplines – such as geographer Doreen Massey’s (2005) perception of space as a ‘spatio-temporal event’ or anthropologists’ Tim Ingold’s (2008) notion of place as a ‘meshwork of paths’ ‘occurring’ through the movement of people and other organisms through space, or Paul Stoller’s work on embodiment and sensuous scholarship -, and that relate this reflection on space and place to the practice of expressive performance, stressing the relationship between bodies and minds and the materiality and sensoriality of place.

Maria Krom, PhD Researcher, CRIA-Center for the Research in Anthropology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Anthony McCann, Lecturer in Contemporary Folk Culture, University of Ulster


Papers may not be proposed by emailing convenors directly. The call for papers is detailed on the SIEF website (see link above).  There is a page of information/instruction and then a link to the list of panels/workshops.  All papers must be proposed online via the website.  The method is as follows.  Beneath the long abstract of each panel is a link saying “Propose a paper”.  Click on that and complete the online form, asking for contact details, a title, short and long abstract, any AV requirements, and the contact details of any co-authors. On conclusion of this process, you will receive an email confirming your submission.  The panel convenors will also receive such an email, alerting them to your proposal. Deadline: 15 October 2010

Grants CRIA – Lisbon

Bolsas de Investigação no âmbito do projecto “Castelos a Bombordo. Práticas e Retóricas da Monumentalização do Passado Português, Cooperação Cultural e Turismo em Contextos Africanos”

CRIA – Notícias

O CRIA (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia – FCSH-UNL), abre concurso no âmbito do projecto “Castelos a Bombordo. Práticas e Retóricas da Monumentalização do Passado Português, Cooperação Cultural e Turismo em Contextos Africanos“, com a referência PTDC/ANT/67235/2008, para contratação de três Bolseiro/as de Investigação.

Coordenador do projecto: Maria Cardeira da Silva.

Exige-se Licenciatura e/ou Mestrado em ciência sociais, conhecimentos de francês e inglês, falado e escrito.  Valoriza-se: Licenciatura e/ou Mestrado em Antropologia.

As bolsas têm a duração de 6 meses, eventualmente prorrogáveis até ao máximo de 9 meses, com início previsto a 15 de Setembro de 2010 e o valor a atribuir será de 745 ou 980 euros mensais, de acordo com a tabela de valores da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

O concurso está aberto até 10 de Agosto de 2010.

Os candidatos deverão enviar: Curriculum Vitae detalhado, Cópia de certificado de habilitações, Carta de motivação / intenções, Fotocópia de BI e Nº. de contribuinte, para: Maria Cardeira da Silva, m.cardeira@fcsh.unl.pt Este endereço de e-mail está protegido de spam bots, pelo que necessita do Javascript activado para o visualizar , com cópia para manuela.raminhos@cria.org.pt Este endereço de e-mail está protegido de spam bots, pelo que necessita do Javascript activado para o visualizar .

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CFP 2nd Meeting of SIEF’s WG on Cultural Heritage & Property 2010, Last Call

2nd Meeting of the SIEF’s Working Group on ‘Cultural Heritage and Property’
Call for Papers
We are pleased to announce the second and last call for papers for the 2nd meeting of the SIEF’s working group on ‘Cultural Heritage and Property’, to be held in Portugal from 16 to 17 September 2010, concerning the theme Heritage and Power.
As anthropological literature produced in the last decades show, power is a central matter within the realm of heritage. Heritage products and places are shaped by different kinds of power relations. The current capitalist ideology is the driving force of the contemporary processes of conversion of different types of cultural goods into heritage commodities, which are exchanged in the global tourist market. It also informs a set of global and local discourses and practices about heritage in a wide range of geographical contexts. In these processes, individuals and collectivities make up and participate in several ‘fields of power’ (Wolf 1999) in order to achieve their own political, social, and economic purposes. Politicians, specialists, tourist entrepreneurs, and local populations are the forces implicated in it. They all produce discourses and daily practices which are inscribed in particular contexts and which produce and transform power structures.
This meeting aims to discuss in a comprehensive way the concepts, ideas, and practices that inform the entwining of heritage and power. Proposals should deal with the following questions: What kind of power relations are woven into heritage and how?
How are they recombined in specific contexts? How are they objectified within contemporary ‘globalizing dynamics’ (Sassen 2006)? Papers with ethnographic grounds are especially welcome, but inquiries into theory are also expected.
Main topics include heritage policies and local practices; heritage guardianship and proprietorship; heritage preservation and interpretation; heritage tourism promotion and consumption; social agents and processes related to the construction and management of heritage.

Luís Silva – Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA / FCSH – UNL, Portugal)
Paula Mota Santos – University Fernando Pessoa (Porto, Portugal)
Location: Lisbon and Porto (Portugal)
Fees: There is no fee for the meeting. But participants carry their own cost of travel and
Work Language: English
Application: To apply for participation in the meeting, please send an abstract (around 250 words) to
Luís Silva (luis.silva98@gmail.com), and Paula Mota Santos (pmsantos@ufp.edu.pt).
Abstract submission deadline: 15 May, 2010. Later abstracts will not be considered.

Call for Papers – Seductions of history: visitors’ motives and experiences into historical destinations

2010 Conference ‘Tourism and Seductions of Difference’

Lisbon, Portugal, 10-12 September, 2010

Call for Papers

Title of the panel

Seductions of history: visitors’ motives and experiences into historical destinations

Short abstract

This panel addresses the contemporary seductions of history by discussing the discourses and practices associated with the tourist appeal of the past, and the experiences lived in destinations perceived as historical, such as historical and archaeological sites, museums, and lodgings located in historic buildings.

Long Abstract

As we know from literature and statistics, the past seduces an increasingly number of individuals. Historical and archaeological sites, museums, lodgings located in historic buildings, and all kinds of representations of history have become wildly popular tourist attractions around the world over the last decades. Some scholars’ report that the appeal of history derives from nostalgia for alleged simpler times or from the search for one´s roots (Lowenthal 1985; Samuel 1994). Cameron and Gatewood (1998) note that visitors to historic sites often seek a deeper and more meaningful connection with a place, the ‘numen-seeking’, in addition to gaining information during their visit. Urry (1999: 202), in turn, reports that these visitors are in search for pleasant and interesting things to gaze upon.

This panel aims to discuss the tourist motives to visit sites and places perceived as historical, and the correlative experiences, in a comprehensive way. Proposals should deal with the following questions: Who visits historical places and sites? Why? Do they seek a deeper and more meaningful connection with a place or simply a new destination to gaze upon? Do they have some historical knowledge about those sites? How do they experience and consume history in those destinations? Papers with ethnographic grounds are especially welcome, but inquiries into theory are also expected.

Main topics include visits to historic heritage sites and towns, archaeological sites, and museums of history; overnights in accommodations located in historic buildings, such as manor houses and country-house hotels; participation in historic re-enactments; and types of cultural or heritage tourists.


Abstract submission deadline: 30 March, 2010

To apply for participation at the panel, please send an abstract (250 words) to Luís Silva

(luis.silva98@gmail.com or luis.silva@fcsh.unl.pt)

Fees: There is no enrollment fee; participants carry their own cost of travel and accommodation.

Note: The adopted work language will be English

Additional information about the conference


Seminar : Luís Silva “Questões de património nas Aldeias Históricas do Portugal” Lisbon


Luís Silva (CRIA/FCSH-UNL)

“Questões de património nas Aldeias Históricas de Portugal”

8 de Fevereiro, 15h-17h

FCSH-UNL, Sala multi-usos

Av. de Berna, Edifício I&D (ex-DRM), Piso 4


José Manuel Sobral (ICS-UL)


Sónia Vespeira de Almeida (CRIA/FCSH-UNL) José Mapril (CRIA/ISCTE-IUL)

Património Cultural ir mais além… Lisboa, 20 novembro 2009

Nova Convenção-Quadro sobre o valor do Património Cultural para a Sociedade – actualização e perspectivas

20 de Novembro 2009 – Lisboa
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

No próximo dia 20 de Novembro, o Centro Nacional de Cultura organiza, em colaboração com o Conselho da Europa e com o IGESPAR, na Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, o colóquio “Património Cultural – Ir mais além…”

O Centro Nacional de Cultura esteve associado à elaboração da recém-ratificada Convenção-Quadro do Conselho da Europa relativa ao valor do Património Cultural para a Sociedade, cujo grupo de trabalho o seu Presidente dirigiu. Trata-se de um instrumento inovador no qual, pela primeira vez, se reconhece que o património cultural é uma realidade dinâmica, envolvendo monumentos, tradições e criação contemporânea.

Consulte aqui o programa completo.

A nova Convenção-Quadro do Conselho da Europa sobre o Valor do Património Cultural para a Sociedade Contemporânea constitui um instrumento com inesgotáveis potencialidades, uma vez que pressupõe um conceito aberto de património cultural, não apenas centrado numa lógica conservadora, mas sim ligado ao património material e imaterial (e à sua protecção) e à criação contemporânea (e ao seu incentivo). Longe de uma oposição, temos uma complementaridade. No fundo, o desenvolvimento humano exige uma maior valorização da cultura e da educação como factores de criação, de eficiência e de equidade, uma vez que aquilo que distingue o desenvolvimento e o atraso está na cultura e na capacidade de aprender.

Nesta Conferência  intervirão os maiores especialistas  intervenientes na redacção do texto da nova Convenção.