Continuity and Continuation

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Invitation to Exploratory Seminar on 'Continuity and Continuation', at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard, Boston, MA. This Radcliffe Exploratory Seminar proposes to investigate the history, theory, and practice of continuation. We seek to situate current concerns with tradition, preservation, sustainability, and revitalization in dialogue with analogous continuative practices from other historical moments and a variety of disciplines to consider anew a set of fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of cultural expression: how should the present conceive of and relate to the cultural material of the past? What is originality and how should it be valued? What are the ethical questions involved in transforming extant cultural structures and creations to suit present needs? How should policy decisions be made about when and how to add, revitalize, or restore? Scholars and cultural practitioners across multiple fields and specializations within the arts and humanities – Music, English, History, Classics, Art History, Urban Planning, Architecture – regularly consider these questions within their own disciplines and professional practices. The goal of this seminar is to harness the expertise and creativity of scholars who have a common preoccupation with the ways that culture is consciously continued and transformed.
Period15 May 2017
Event typeSeminar
LocationBoston, United StatesShow on map