Intangible Heritage: Manual on Festive Events, Rituals and Social Practices

Participants: Lourdes Arizpe (México), Diana Taylor (USA), Gisela Cánepa Koch (Perú), Rangihiroa Panoho (Nova Zelândia).

Moderator: Prof. Leda Martins (Brasil)


Lourdes Arizpe is president of the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) and a professor al the National University of Mexico (UNAM). She was a member of the United Nations Wolrd Comission on Culture and Development and the director of the World Culture Report published by UNESCO. She received both a Fullbright Scholarship and a Guggenheim grant to do research in India, Bangladesh and Senegal. She was a founder of the first Mexican feminist journal, Fem, and has been active in developping women's international organizations and programs. She was coordinator of the Hemispheric Institute Course "Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere" at the Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias (CRIM) in Mexico in 2002.

Diana Taylor is Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University and founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina’s "Dirty War" (1997) and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (2003). She has edited and co-edited numerous volumes on performance, such as Stages of Conflict: a Reader of Latin American Theatre and Performance (2004), Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform (2003, co-edited with Roselyn Costantino), Defiant Acts: Four plays by Diana Raznovich (2002) and Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality, and Theatricality in Latin/o America (1997, with Juan Villegas).

Gisela Cánepa Koch co-ordinates the Area of Anthropology at the Social Sciences Department in Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) in Peru. She got her degree for teaching Anthropology at the same University and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, Illinois (USA). She obtained the scholarships Century Fellowship from the University of Chicago, from Wenner-Gren Foundation and from the Consejo Latino Americano de Ciencias Sociales – CLACSO. As an author, she has published Máscara, Transformación e Identidad en los Andes (Lima: PUP, 1998) and has edited Identidades Representadas: performance, experiencia y memoria en los Andes (Lima: PUC, 2001). She has directed four documentaries for the Ethnographic-video Series for the Center of Andine Ethnomusicology from PUCP and Música y ritual en los Andes peruanos (Lima: PUCP, 2001), a Multimedia CD-ROM.

Rangihiroa Panoho: Te Parawhau & Te Uriroroi tribal affiliations.Lecturer in Mäori Art and Art History. University of Auckland, AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND. T_nä ra koutou katoa – 'esteemed greetings to all.' Panoho has been strongly involved in the presentation and interpretation of Mäori and Pacific cultural material in terms of its continuum. This long standing engagement includes two pioneering theses, a variety of publications, lectures and exhibitions presented both locally and internationally and a book published by Auckland University Press. Much of his current work values creative flow in indigenous arts and not so much its settling pattern within various discourses. He is deeply concerned about the way in which tribally based art is steadily being incorporated into the rhetoric of nationalism, museology, popping up in the museum and current ideological frameworks within the humanities.

Leda Martins is a Poet and a Professor of Dramatic Arts and Literature at UFMG and at the Graduate Arts program at FALE/UFMG. In 2000, she completed a Post-Doctorate in Performance Theories at New York University. In 1991, she finished her doctorate in Comparative Literature at UFMG and, in 1981, the Master of Arts at Indiana University. She is the author of several books and has published essays and poems in the United States, France and England and also several papers and articles in Brazil. Among her books we can highlight: O moderno teatro de Corpo santo, UFMG Publishers/1991; A cena em sombras, Perspectiva Publishers/1995; Afrografias da memória, Perspectiva Publishers/1997; Dias Anônimos, Sette Letras Publishers/1999. Currently, she is preparing Performances do tempo espiralar, to be published this year.