Diaspora Conversation is an on-going dialogue between peoples and societies. We belief identity and power are directly related to dialogue and recognition. The concept of Diaspora Conversations therefore is knowledge-exchange and to contribute to a broad understanding of the complexity of our time.
The African Diasporas self-perception and understanding of its environment is different from the picture painted and highlighted by the traditional media over the past fifty years. The African diaspora is not a minority group because the decisive factor of its members’ citizenship is their country of origin not where they are resident. Conversation between peoples, societies, and cultures is a necessity in the search for knowledge. Knowledge to create the skills necessary for an inclusive and sustainable development requires a perspective that sees knowledge as ongoing human activity in all societies, civilizations, and groups of people. This approach, we believe, requires a knowledge exchanged approach based on a lively dialogue that take nothing for granted.
I am an ethnologist; my area of interest is transformation and hybridization of cultural practices. All my work is in Swedish (could be translated to English).
Aesthetic value judgements do affect how we both understand others and ourselves. However, preconceived ideas cannot stop the transformation and integration of culture. My objective is to contribute to cultural discussion, how value judgement affects policy and by extension society in general. No culture can claim purity in this globalized world and yet the aesthetic value judgement seems frozen in time.
Field of research is African Drumming and Dance (ADD) outside Africa. There is a need for an insight about the depth of human interaction, integration and the concept of culture, aesthetics, and value judgment in a global context. Whilst questions of power, resistance, oppression, and inclusion are still important, questions of aesthetics, performance, emotion and social structure have provided a critical framework for rethinking culture and the mechanism of evaluation. What is quality? Are categories like high/low culture determined by their use/function in society or their origin? ADD is a source of inspiration in areas like ethnomusicology, dance education, architecture, and medicine. What could we learn from the fact that the thought of ADD has moved from a discursive entity to a practical one?