Friday, 27 September, 13:00–13:30 (Jakobi 2, Room 111)
Language of presentation: English
University of Tartu, MA student
aiveeh [ät] gmail.com
Cultural Process in Contemporary Latvia as Reflected in the Establishing of Latvian Cultural Canon
Latvian cultural canon, in essence a list of the most significant achievements of Latvian culture, was compiled in years 2007-2009 on the initiative of Ministry of Culture of Latvia. Expert groups were assigned to select the most valuable part of Latvian culture in seven categories: architecture and design, cinema, literature, music, stage art, national traditions, and visual arts. The project resulted in a catalogue of 99 single entities, divided somewhat unevenly between in categories already mentioned (a minimum of items per category being 12, maximum 18). The canon is accessible online (www.kulturaskanons.lv) in Latvian, Russian, and English.
Being a state-initiated project that was carried out by numerous reputable experts in cultural field,Latvian cultural canon serves as one concrete and interesting focal point for understanding the nature of cultural processes of conteporary Latvia. The aims of the canon as they are formulated, the process of its creation and its outcome as well as all discussions and opinions related to it offer a good case for analysing and describing the interaction between the state, society and cultural sphere.
The presentation is based on analysing the opinions expressed in relation to Latvian cultural canon by its creators and initiators as well by those observing it from the outside. Rather than trying to state any final conclusions, the aim of this presentation is to share some initial impressions and to mark possible starting points for further research.
Key words: Latvian cultural canon, cultural processes, power and culture