Call for Papers

 

MARTOR 22/2017

BACK TO THE FUTURE. CREATIVE TRADITIONS IN THE 21st CENTURY

 

In the introduction to his celebrated volume on The Invention of Tradition, Eric Hobsbawm reminded us on the mandatory distinction between customs and traditions: what we use to call „traditional societies” had no „traditions” at all, but just „customs”. In fact, „tradition” is a social construct and practice of modernity; not a mere continuity and conservation of the past as such, but a sui generis way of revisiting it in and by the present. In this respect, conservation of one’s heritage in a universal, national or local heritage is a cultural and political process of deliberative patrimonialization of the past according to present social values and representations. While the category of heritage is still expending (immaterial heritage, natural heritage etc.), more and more experts started in the last decades to question this process, proposing alternative approaches to it. Even museums, as flag ships of cultural heritage, started to rethink and re-present their patrimony, also promoting kinds of “neo-traditional” art crafts produced or inspired by “local people”.

But this renewal is not limited to the cultural field. Ecological concerns, the need of a sustainable development, and last but not least the quest of authenticity in the so-called “experience economy” (Pine and Gilmore, 1998) fueled various reinvestments of “traditional” materials, forms, techniques, and know-how that may better fit into what Nicolae Georgescu-Roegen launched in 1971 as bioeconomy, and the “natural contract” of man with his environment Michel Serres proposed in 1992. Cultural landscapes, natural parks and geo-parks, green industries, natural medical products and cosmetics, revisited “traditional” materials from adobe or shingle construction materials to hemp, local food production and a social economy based on marketization of abandoned handicrafts of deprived communities are just some expressions of the same trend. Diverse and (more or less) unconnected, they all share a kind or another of “experimenting with something old” (Andrei Pleșu, 1993).

The aim of this volume is to bring together at least parts of this fragmented universe of creative reshaping of traditional items by a kind of défense et illustration of what may be called the emerging field of creative traditions.

We encourage early submission in the form of abstracts and expressions of interest, by 12 December 2016. We are expecting texts, in either English or French of 7.000 to 10.000 words by 31 March 2017. High quality images supporting the argument are a plus in the selection process. For the academic writing standards of our journal, please see the Style Sheet available in the For Authors section on this website.

Please e-mail your submissions and any inquiries (e.g. editorial guidelines) to revistamartor@gmail.com.

Editorial board of the issue

Editor: Vintilă Mihăilescu

Managing editor: Bogdan Iancu

Associate editors: Corina Iosif, Anamaria Iuga, Simina Bădică

Assistant editor: Anca-Maria Pănoiu