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Restaging the Record: The Role of Contemporary Archives in Safeguarding and Preserving Performance as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Sutherland, Tonia (2014) Restaging the Record: The Role of Contemporary Archives in Safeguarding and Preserving Performance as Intangible Cultural Heritage. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Bounded by and framed within the question of the role of contemporary archives in preserving expressions of intangible cultural heritage, this dissertation examines the existing ways performed and event-based cultural heritage are fixed and represented; problematizes prevailing notions of information as evidence in archives; and disrupts issues of archival custody. The dissertation offers new ways of thinking about the points where archives and intangible cultural heritage intersect; as such, the project analyzes these intersections by examining three differing modes of performance-based archivy. With an eye toward existing archival theory and practice as well as an understanding of “the archive” grounded in performance studies, this dissertation uses three unique case studies to analyze and interrogate the perceived disconnect between “the archive and the repertoire,” as well as to expand the body of research on the preservation of event-based cultural heritage. The cases selected for this study, representative of the digital humanities, local practice and international policy, are: the Live Performance Simulation System’s Virtual Vaudeville prototype; the Katherine Dunham Archives and the Dunham Technique; and the implementation of the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. These cases collectively interrogate boundaries between archive and repertoire, illuminating the existing ways contemporary archives document, safeguard and preserve event-based cultural heritage. At the same time, each individual case investigates instances of event-based archivy, highlighting necessary shifts in archival theory and practice to better support the preservation of performative means of cultural expression.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sutherland, Toniatns10@pitt.eduTNS10
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard J.rcox@mail.sis.pitt.eduRJCOX
Larsen, Ronald L.rlarsen@pitt.eduRLARSEN
Beaton, Brianbbeaton@pitt.eduBBEATON
Langmead, Alisonadl40@pitt.eduADL40
Date: 23 December 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 June 2014
Approval Date: 23 December 2014
Submission Date: 15 December 2014
Access Restriction: 3 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 3 years.
Number of Pages: 229
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: archives, archivy, performance, intangible cultural heritage, Vaudeville, Katherine Dunham, UNESCO, collaboration, records
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2014 14:22
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2017 06:15


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