Season 1 Episodes

Episode 4: Representations

I hope everyone is staying as safe as possible during this global pandemic. This episode’s main focus is on media representations and how they are more complicated than just the reflections of subjects. This is primarily because the more we home in on a subject, the more we see the many multifaceted ways that subjects exist in dialogue with their surroundings. The dynamic potential of subjects is often reduced by way of how they are mediated, since there is no one fixed subjective reality, which reveals that recognizing the power over that mediation is crucial to understanding how subjects are constituted in society. Along the way, we’ll talk about the unraveling of the global pandemic and highlight with music from fónes.

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Season 1 Episodes

Episode 1: Whose Cultural Heritage?

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Here’s the pilot episode! This episode’s main focus briefly discusses the ideology of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) concept as it pertains to the mandate of cultural heritage archiving and preservation methods through the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In my discussion I survey the history and scope of UNESCO and the push toward ICH after the 2003 Convention, and I note the power inequity between nation-state controlled preservation projects and the communities who create the acknowledged cultural heritage.

Along with today’s main focus in Episode 1, I highlight a recent art project of David Chavannes, and echo the voice of climate activist Vanessa Nakate who was mentioned in the news after outcries on social media over her omission from a report on Davos garnered broader attention.

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Retrospect: “Vanessa Nakate cropped from photo of climate activists at Davos”

Vanessa Nakate on Twitter:

The Rise Up Movement:

Highlight: “David Chavannes using sound and music to amplify voices and messages”

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David’s soundcloud:

Main focus: “Intangible Cultural Heritage and cultural preservation through UNESCO”


Lixinski, Lucas. 2011. “Selecting Heritage: The Interplay of Art, Politics and Identity.” European Journal of International Law, Volume 22, Issue 1, February. Pages 81–100. (


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