Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Richard M. Dorson Memorial Lecture
Dr. Dorothy Noyes
The Ohio State University
The Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State University
Thursday, April 12
Lindley Hall 102
Pre-talk reception, 5:00p Classroom Office Building, room 203
Whatever Happened to Convivència?
Collective Performance From the Spanish Transition to the Catalan Crisis
Traditional festival offered a potent resource for Catalonia's
transition to democracy in the late 1970s. Shared flexible
repertoires mediated ideological difference to facilitate collective
action. Festival forms have proliferated since, and the recent
Catalan independence movement recruited them again to mobilize public opinion. This time, however, instead of vitalizing convivència, the performances contributed to a misrecognition of the wider political environment. What happened? I return to fieldwork conducted in Catalonia in 1989-1993 to show how economic and political changes already then in view have altered the social base of traditional practices and contributed to political polarization.
Dorothy Noyes is a Professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Studies and Research Associate of the Center for Folklore Studies and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, all at the Ohio State University, known for her books Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco, and Humble Theory: Folklore's Grasp on Social Life. She is currently serving as President of the American Folklore Society.
This lecture series is named for Richard M. Dorson, who is credited with establishing folklore studies as an academic discipline in the United States through his many years directing the IU Folklore Institute, beginning in 1956. He later chaired the Folklore Department, until his death in 1981.