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Steve Coleman
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

What are cultural forms?


This paper reflects upon my own attempts to identify cultural forms in Irish performance.
Anthropology has repeatedly theorised that societies give rise to relatively enduring and
sometimes long-lived cultural forms. Sometimes these are characterised as patterns, key
symbols, regnant symbols, cultural concepts, dominant tropes, etc.; they may or may not form
part of coherent cultural "systems;" they are variously theorised as existing as habits, as
abstract signs or mental constructs, as being more or less implicit in the material organisation
of social worlds, etc. Based on authors’ own past and ongoing research the following
questions are asked: How do we identify cultural forms? What are their relationships to
history, mediation, and ideology? What are their relationships to the practice and
consciousness of culture-bearers? How should and shouldn't we describe them?
Steve Coleman jest profesorem (Lecturer) antropologii na NUIM. Tytuł magistra
(1987) i doktora (1999) uzyskał na University of Chicago. Antropolog lingwistyczny i
folklorysta. Opublikował m.in. The End of Irish History? Critical Approaches to the
Celtic Tiger (ed. By C. Coulter and S. Coleman, Manchester: Manchester University
Press 2003, oraz szereg artykułów, np. Mobilized sound: Memory, inscription and
vision in Irish traditional music.

Seminaria naukowe IEiAK

15 maja (wtorek), g. 9:30, Collegium Historicum (Morasko), s. 2.19

Steve Coleman
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

What are cultural forms?
This paper reflects upon my own attempts to identify cultural forms in Irish performance.
Anthropology has repeatedly theorised that societies give rise to relatively enduring and
sometimes long-lived cultural forms. Sometimes these are characterised as patterns, key
symbols, regnant symbols, cultural concepts, dominant tropes, etc.; they may or may not form
part of coherent cultural "systems;" they are variously theorised as existing as habits, as
abstract signs or mental constructs, as being more or less implicit in the material organisation
of social worlds, etc. Based on authors’ own past and ongoing research the following
questions are asked: How do we identify cultural forms? What are their relationships to
history, mediation, and ideology? What are their relationships to the practice and
consciousness of culture-bearers? How should and shouldn't we describe them?
Steve Coleman jest profesorem (Lecturer) antropologii na NUIM. Tytuł magistra
(1987) i doktora (1999) uzyskał na University of Chicago. Antropolog lingwistyczny i
folklorysta. Opublikował m.in. The End of Irish History? Critical Approaches to the
'Celtic Tiger' (ed. By C. Coulter and S. Coleman, Manchester: Manchester University
Press 2003, oraz szereg artykułów, np. Mobilized sound: Memory, inscription and
vision in Irish traditional music.

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