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Att bevara ett immateriellt kulturarv: En studie om hur dans bevaras i nutida arkiv
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To preserve an intangible heritage : A study of how dance is preserved in contemporary archives (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this master's thesis is to examine how an intangible culture heritage is being preserved as records in contemporary archives, with dance as an example. The aim of the study is also to examine whether or not dance archives are in a transitional period in form of a paradigm shift, in terms in how dance records are perceived, preserved and made available.     The theoretical framework is to combine different theories in order to illuminate the subject from different angles. Phenomenology was used to illuminate the archives point of view in how dance can be preserved. Because technological and digital aspects are strongly connected to ideas about preservation of an intangible heritage; I have included theories regarding technology from a hermeneutic-phenomenological viewpoint. The technical and digital aspects of preserving dance are continually present throughout the study. Terry Cook’s archival theories regarding paradigm shifts are used as point of reference.     The methods are based on qualitative interviews and text analysis. I have mainly interviewed two archivists at two different archives whom both preserve dance records. The organizations are somewhat different, one is an opera house and the other is a university. In other words, they work within different frame works and the organizations have different purposes, conditions and strategies in how their records are being preserved.     The main results define that the central issue with the concept of preserving dance, is that there is no general consensus regarding what a dance record entails, furthermore the results based from the two case studies suggest that dance is being preserved mainly from the organizational core activity which is either the educational activities or the preservation of ballet and opera productions. The digital and technological possibilities how dance can be preserved have developed into advance methods in preservation, and at the same time traditional methods are still relevant in terms of preserving dance. Advanced methods, like 3D motion capture are not utilized because there is no current organizational requirement. In my conclusion, I reflect upon the idea of archive and dance that cannot be viewed as two opposite concepts. Dance archives embody dynamic processes in which the records can reflect a past time, but also be reconstructed, reinterpreted through the records substance and context.      This is a two years master's thesis in Archive, Library and Museum studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 71 p.
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087 ; 151
Keyword [en]
Dance, archive, dance records, intangible culture heritage, phenomenology, paradigm shift, preservation
Keyword [sv]
Dans, arkiv, danshandlingar, immateriellt kulturarv, fenomenologi, paradigmskifte, bevarande
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296960Local ID: 151OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296960DiVA: diva2:940301
Subject / course
Archival Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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