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Scottish Kulturkampf


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Scottish Kulturkampf

  1. 1. Scottish Kulturkampf: A kitchen-sink pseudologiafantastica of Scottish cultures<br />
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  3. 3. Domestic science<br />
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  5. 5. A mythomanic journey that will trace the configuration of Scottish cultures.<br />
  6. 6. From the studio, via the pub, to the kitchen<br />Ivor Cutler’s kitchen sink<br />
  8. 8. Culture and Society<br />Culture and society are not the same thing.  While cultures are complexes of learned behavior patterns and perceptions, societies are groups of interacting organisms.<br />Raymond Williams was the founding father of cultural studies<br />‘culture includes the organisation of production, the structure of the family the structure of institutions which express or govern social relationships, the characteristic forms through which members of society communicate’<br />
  9. 9. Things that strike us as ‘natural’ or ‘normal’ or ‘common sense’ or ‘human nature’ are often cultural<br />
  10. 10. For most people, it is as if their learned behaviour was biologically inherited.<br />
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  12. 12. ‘Unthought Known’<br />
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  14. 14. Faux misery manifested as self-pity, the dangerous emotionalism of the endlessly rehearsed national historical narrative.<br />
  15. 15. Intonational<br />diglossia<br />
  16. 16. Two definite varieties of the same language exist side by side. One is used to perform official functions and the other for every-day communication.<br />
  17. 17. “Identity is not as transparent or unproblematic as we think. Perhaps, instead of thinking of identity as an already accomplished historical fact…we should think, instead of identity as a “production,” which is never complete, always in process, and always constituted within, not outside representation” <br />Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Cinematic Representation in Framework 36 (1989): 68-81<br />
  18. 18. Our written languages, governments, buildings, and other man-made things are merely the products of culture.<br />
  19. 19. “I was aware of the fact that identity is an invention from the very beginning, long before I understood any of this theoretically. Identity is formed at the unstable point where the ‘unspeakable’ stories of subjectivity meet the narratives of history, of a culture.”<br />Stuart Hall<br />
  20. 20. Scottish Diaspora<br />
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  22. 22. Artists approach culture from an adversarial position<br />
  23. 23. Thank you Jennie & Chris<br />