CFP: 2010 AAA panel "Re-circulating, reviving, and reinventing creativity"

“Re-circulating, reviving, and reinventing creativity”




Adam Kaul, Augustana College,

Tamara Kohn, University of Melbourne,


This panel looks at ways in which creative practices and art forms are often re-circulated, revived, and reinvented. The papers all focus on the movement of creative practices,
traditions and objects through space and through time with particular focus on
the ways in which people attend to their movement. Through various means,
creative traditions and objects are passed through space from person to person
and back again, while others are revived from an earlier era. Regardless,
circulation through time or space must always take into account changes in
social contexts. In that sense, the papers focus on positionality and the
ways persons variously depict the process by which creative objects or
behaviors may become revitalized in their movement through time and/or space.
Furthermore, the flow of traditions and objects across cultural, linguistic or
national boundaries has the potential to liberate them from local constraints,
but it also has the potential to turn them into commensurable commodities
and/or erode meaning. Conversely, instead of liberating art forms and creative
traditions from parochial boundaries, new boundaries may be created in the


In this panel, papers present a broad range of ethnographic material to consider the qualities that allow for things and practices of the past to make meaningful returns, and this
leads to contributors to ask a number of intriguing and often interrelated
questions: What motivates revival? What are the implications and consequences
of revival and recirculation on ideas about the authenticity of creative
practices and the value of objects? How does a promotion of artistic traditions
by governmental or other top-down bodies differ from revivals ‘from
below’?  How are re-circulations of objects and practices different
in the context of changes wrought by globalization and cosmopolitanism as
opposed to re-circulations past? If concepts of ownership pertain to creative
products, how might they be affected by recirculation? Do tensions emerge
between ‘traditionalists’ and ‘innovators’, between gift-givers and
gift-receivers, and between sellers and buyers in these contexts of
re-circulation? How do all of these issues constrain or promote the creativity
of individual agents?

Please contact the organizers at the email addresses above as soon as possible to submit abstracts.

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Hi all,

We are not taking any more abstract submissions for this panel. Thanks to all of you who expressed interest!




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