Intangible Cultural Heritage in Space and Time. Research into traditional folk customs in the second half of the 20th century and their benefit for the analyses of current situation



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The second half of the last century saw a wide range of ethno-cartographic researches which analysed the life-time of traditional folk customs in the then society. This research was conducted mainly via questionnaire surveys within the activity of the Czech Ethnological Society or particular ethnological institutions. The central motivating idea of those surveys was to capture the shifts in meaning and locations, which occurred in the 20th century in the field of traditional festivities associated mainly with the annual cycle. One of the current trends in ethno-cartography is aimed at the use of that former research to analyse the ongoing situation. The digitization of older questionnaire surveys has brought up new opportunities of using the surveys subsequently as source materials for works analysing the current situation via return research. Especially ethno-cartography makes it possible to involve modern technologies (web presentations, on-line interactive maps etc.) for the subsequent presentation of research outcomes in front of the professional and the amateur public, or as a teaching material for the students of the discipline. This contribution deals with one of the topical ethno-cartographic projects, which is the Interaktivní atlas výskytu lidových obyčejů na Moravě (Interactive Atlas of Folk Customs Presence in Moravia) that has been compiled at the Department of European Ethnology at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno since 2018. The digitized questionnaires used for several surveys in the second half of the 20th century have become the core material for it. These questionnaires are then used as a starting point for the study of long-term trends in the research of traditional folk customs in present-day society. The Atlas has also been conceived as a teaching material, which can provide the ethnology students with a source of information on festivities and their geographical locations in Moravia.
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