Demons, bulls and boleros: attempts to preserve their context

Rojas, Ángela (2008) Demons, bulls and boleros: attempts to preserve their context. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Preserving the spirit of place is often an ambiguous endeavor, since determining precisely what is significant, what is not and what lies in between can be challenging. In many places, the significance of features, history and traditions has been modified by a variety of agents, such as artists, tour operators or public authorities, at times with good results, other times altering authenticity. This paper analyzes different cases in Bolivia, Spain and Cuba, with the objective of showing how the spirit of place has been preserved, changed or even positively transformed, bringing about a new identity. It examines the contradictions between preserving intangible and tangible heritage; the misinterpretation of heritage due to the banalization of culture; and it looks at worthy examples of heritage that are well preserved, still in use, and in some cases, in a permanent state of revitalization.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Rojas, Ángela
Languages: English
Keywords: intangible heritage; spirit of place; genius loci; cultural routes; serial properties; case studies
Subjects: O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Almadén in the Camino Real Intercontinental, Spain; Oruro, Bolivia; Havana’s Tenement House, Cuba
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 14:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2024 15:24
References: PR (Mansilla 2006)

RL Mansilla, Luis. 2006. Puesta en valor del patrimonio minero metalúrgico de Almadén (Ciudad Real). (Valorization of the mining-metallurgical heritage of Almadén (Ciudad Real). Conference given at the Summer Course on Geological

Heritage: Culture, tourism and the environment, University of Murcia, Moratalla (Murcia), September 2006.

PR (Norgberg-Schulz 1986)

RL Norberg-Schulz, Christian. Genius Loci. Paesaggio Ambiente Architettura,

Electa, Milan, 1986, p. 180.

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