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Vol. 1. Culture Archives and the State: Between Nationalism, Socialism, and the Global Market (August 2010)

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Proceedings of an international conference held May 3-5, 2007, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus.

Ten papers address the political uses of ethnographic archives from the late nineteenth century to the present. Archives keep tabs on populations, define and discipline national identities, shape and censor public memories, but also shelter discredited alternative accounts for future recovery. Today their contents and uses are tensely negotiated between states, scholars, and citizens as folklore archives become key resources for the reconstruction of lifeworlds in transition. Case studies and reports come from China, India (Bengal), Afghanistan, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Romania, Croatia, the US, and the German-speaking lands. In a keynote address, Regina Bendix provides a general account of "property and propriety" in archival practice.

Contents

Introduction
Culture Archives and the State, Dorothy Noyes, Director, the Center for Folklore Studies
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Keynote Address
Property and Propriety: Reflections on Archived and Archival Cultures, Regina Bendix, Institut für Kulturanthropologie und Europäische Ethnologie, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen
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Foundations: Making Culture, Making the State

1. From Text to Nation
Emergent Events and the Folklore Archive in Bengal, Roma Chatterji, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
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Archiving Living Traditions: The Finnish Model Over Time, Lauri Harvilahti, Folklore Archives, Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki
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2. Index-Card Utopias: The Archives Under Socialism
Archiving a Utopian Land: Some Considerations on Romanian Songs of Collectivization, Anca Stere, University of Bucharest
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The Folklore Archive of Cluj (Romania) in the Totalitarian Period, Alina Branda, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj
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Archiving Tradition in a Changing Political Order: From Nationalism to Pan-Finno-Ugrianism in the Estonian Folklore Archives, Ergo-Hart Vastrik, Estonian Folklore Archives, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu
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After 1989: Recycling National Projects

1. Recovery, Rehabilitation, Repatriation
The Afghanistan National Radio and Television Archives: Past and Future, Taj Mohammad Ahmadzada, Manager of the Radio Archive, Radio-TV Afghanistan
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Chinese Everyday Life and (Post)Modern Encounters: A Story of 'Cultural Survivals', GAO Bingzhong, Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, Beijing University
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Legislating (for) the Folk: The American Folklife Center in the U.S. National Imaginary, Guha Shankar and Margaret Kruesi, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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2. The Return of the Repressed: Archives and National Memory
Archives and the Burden of Interpretation: Why Can't Ethnographic Documents Help in the Reconstruction of Croatian National Memory During Socialism?, Renata Jambresic Kirin, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb
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The Politics of Archiving Ephemera in Times of Crisis, Cristina Sanchez-Carretero, LaPa (Laboratorio de Patrimonio), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Santiago de Compostela
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