Enacting Heritage: Aesthetics, Creation and Cultural Transmission

Crédits photo. © Jeff Pachoud / AFP/Archives
Crédits photo. © Jeff Pachoud / AFP/Archives

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
Enacting Heritage: Aesthetics, Creation and Cultural Transmission
25 January 2018: Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
26 January 2018:  École des hautes études en sciences sociales

 

 

 

 

Archaeological reports provide fully illustrated accounts of how aesthetic behaviours and expressive activities have carried out an important role in shaping the human cultural evolution at least since the first millennia of upper Palaeolithic. There is a rich ethnographic literature that describes how these activities are cross-culturally involved in magical, religious and political contexts where the knowledge of a social group is internalized in the bodies and affects of the components of community. Therefore, we could reasonably suppose that aesthetic cognition contributes to the cultural emergence and transmission of ideas, practices and norms objectified in the forms and figures of human cultural expression (artefacts, figurative and symbolic representations, performative practices).
Despite the fact that in multiple contexts aesthetic activation of artefacts, images or performances supports and enhances the efficacy of the process of cultural transmission and reproduction, anthropology has only very scarcely studied the cognitive and affective dynamics whereby aesthetic behaviours shape the constitution and re-enactment of cultural heritage. A study of the complex interaction between aesthetics as a historically instantiated specific style of cognitive and emotive experience and the creative and expressive behaviours is all the more necessary because it will help us to gain a better understanding of two basic aspects of human cultures: the generation of cultural diversity and the nature of social continuity.
The aim of the international conference is to address these questions by dealing in an interdisciplinary way with key issues relating to how aesthetic conducts and expressive behaviours are mobilized in the course of social interaction creatively transforming and communicating knowledge.

PROGRAMME

Jeudi 25 janvier 2018
Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Salle de cinéma, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris

 09.30 – 09.45 Accueil des participants et ouverture

 Séance d’avant-midi

 09.45 – 10.45 Francesco d’Errico (PACEA, Université de Bordeaux) – L’origine du sens esthétique. Qu’est qu’il nous enseigne l’archéologie ?

10.45 – 11.00 pause

11.00 – 12.00 Chris Gosden (Oxford University) – Style as technology: the case of Celtic and Scythian art

12.00 – 13.00 Caroline van Eck (Cambridge University) – Zoomorphy, Style Formation and Human-Thing Entanglement in the Style Empire

13.00 – 14.30 déjeuner

Séance d’après-midi

14.30 – 15.30 Carlo Severi (EHESS, LAS) – Their way of memorizing. Enacting Cultural Heritage in Mesoamerican Writings

15.30 – 16.30 Fréderic Keck (Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac) – Sentinelles et signaux coûteux. Une théorie éthologique de l’esthétique

16.30 – 16.45 pause

16.45 – 17.45 Emmanuel Désveaux (EHESS, LIAS) – Si l’esthétique est universelle, ses principes ne le sont pas. Réflexions à partir de l’architecture.

Vendredi 26 Janvier 2018
École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Amphithéâtre François-Furet, 105 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

09.30 – 09.45 Accueil des participants

09.45 – 10.45 Christoph Wulf (Freie Universität Berlin) – Immaterial Cultural Heritage as Challenge to Education and Human Development

10.45 – 11.00 pause

11.00 – 12.00 Michel Menu (C2RMF) – Analyse de l’art préhistorique

12.00 – 13.00 Nathalie Heinich (CNRS, CRAL) – Inaliénabilité, insubstituabilité: la mise en valeurs du patrimoine

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