Seminar – 3 February – Rebekah Plueckhahn

January 27th, 2015 by


Tuesday 3 February

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Rebekah Plueckhahn

University College London

Performing Value, Forming Resources:

Morality, Musical Performance and Social Continuation in Mongolia


How is value created through musical performance, cultural ownership claims, and a burgeoning resource economy in Mongolia? In this paper I argue that the creation of value in these activities forms part of a ‘political economy of performative acts’ that is of current concern for Mongolia as it negotiates the sale of its mineral resources. Attention to musical performance and cultural ownership claims form part of a larger ‘cultural resource management’ that occurs on a number of ‘national’ and ‘local’ scales. Examining these scales reveals different temporal positionings – with some looking to the past to define the present, while others using actions in the present in order to evoke a better future. Exploring the creation of value in this political economy of performative acts, this paper examines some aspects of the intermeshing of ‘local’ and ‘national’ scales in contemporary Mongolia.