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Prof. Walter E. Little

University at Albany, SUNY, Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, United States
Participates in 2 items
Walter Little is a cultural anthropologist who's multi-sited ethnographic research in Guatemala and Mexico aims to better understand the politics of identity in relation to economic practices, the construction of heritage and tourism in urban places, and transnational sale of Guatemala handicrafts. He is the author of Mayas in the Marketplace (2004), which won Best Book of 2005 from the New England Council for Latin American Studies. His co-edited volume, Street Economies in the Urban Global South (2013), won the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize in 2014. Overall, he has author or co-authored over 40 articles and 10 books and edited volumes. In addition to his duties in the anthropology department, he co-directs the Globalization Studies Program at University at Albany and is the president of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

Sessions in which Prof. Walter E. Little participates

Sunday 5 June, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
11:00 - 12:30 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Heritage as an Agent of Change (Epistemologies, Ontologies, Teaching)Heritage Changes the Social OrderTourism
Heritage as an agent of changeEpistemologiesOntologiesTeaching

Sessions in which Prof. Walter E. Little attends

Saturday 4 June, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
9:00 - 10:00 | 1 hour
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

What if we changed our views on heritage? And if heritage has already changed? While, on the global scene, states maintain their leading role in the mobilization of social and territorial histories, on the local scale, regions, neighbourhoods and parishes have changed. Citizens and communities too: they latch on to heritage to express an unprecedented range of belongings that no law seems to be able to take measures to contain, often to the discontent of...

18:30 - 20:00 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

Most of what we experience as heritage emerges into conscious recognition through a complex mixture of political and ideological filters, including nationalism.  In these processes, through a variety of devices (museums, scholarly research, consumer reproduction, etc.), dualistic classifications articulate a powerful hierarchy of value and significance.  In particular, the tangible-intangible pair, given legitimacy by such international bodies as UNESCO, reproduces a selective ordering of cul...