Prof. Kristin Kuutma's keynote
"Critical (Re)conceptualizations in the Politics of Heritage",

"No Such Thing As Heritage?" – From Basic Assumptions and Constructs to Reconceptualizations.
International Symposium at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, March 4-6, 2020.

Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu) is Professor of Cultural Research and holds the UNESCO Chair on the Applied Studies of Intangible Cultural Heritage. She also leads the UT programme of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts. Between 2006-2010 she represented Estonia on the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Kuutma has carried out extensive fieldwork on the 2003 Convention policy-making and implementation on international and local level. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an institutional research grant of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, titled ‘Cultural heritage as a socio-cultural resource and contested field’. Her publications in cultural anthropology include edited volumes and articles on expressive culture, history of ethnographic studies and knowledge production, as well as critical analyses of the UNESCO-framed intangible heritage regime.

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