“UNESCO, Postsocialism and the Politics of Tradition in a Bohemian Town: Final Considerations on Studying the Czech Masopust Anthropologically” ………….
dne 10. 3. 2015 od 14:00 hod.,
budova G, místnost 08005 ………….
In this talk I will present some final considerations about my research project for my postdoc at the University of Pardubice.
The “Mastopust” evoked in the title is a Carnival-like festival which is performed annually in the region of Hlinsko v Čechách. This festival has in fact been the main object of my anthropological investigation.
My considerations will focus in particular on a rather divers set of socio-cultural processes and phenomena, like: a) the postsocialist revival of the festival; b) the rather problematic procedure that led it to be included in the UNESCO representative list of World Intangible Cultural Heritage; c) the processes of mediatization, ossification, musealization, turistification, politization, and finally commodification that it has undergone in the last few decades; d) how the demographic, political, and economic changes that characterize the so-called transitional period have influenced the Masopust and its social forms, functions, and meanings.
In a few words, Masopust will be treated as a window from which peer at the social reality and its transformations in post-communist rural Bohemia.
Alessandro Testa, Ph.D.