Coloniality, Identity, and Cultural Policy

Dr. Kevin V. Mulcahy
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This essay will review the major themes that have informed cultural policies given the legacy of coloniality. These conceptual concerns include: (1) cultural reassertion (Quebec); (2) cultural reconstruction (Africa); (3) cultural revivalism (Latin America); (4) cultural reclamation (Ukraine). Finally, some concluding observations will be offered about cultural nationalism and the politics of identity with particular reference to Puerto Rico. What should be clear is that these cultural policy issues are found not just in what were imperial dependencies, but also in regions that have been absorbed into modern states as a part of their nation-building experiences. In sum, the experience of coloniality is not restricted to the former colonies of the so-called "developing world," but can also be found in the "internal colonies" of developed countries, as well.

Keywords: Coloniality, Cultural Deracination, Cultural Hegemony, Cultural Policy, Developing Countries, Imperialism, National Identity, Public Culture, Revolutionary Art
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Kevin V. Mulcahy

Sheldon Beychok Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Kevin V. Mulcahy (Ph.D., Brown, 1977) is the Sheldon Beychok Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Louisiana State University, where he has taught since 1980. He is the co-author or co-editor of several books including Public Policy and the Arts and America’s Commitment to Culture and is an executive editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Arts Council and chair of the City-Parish Art-in-Public Places Committee for ten years. Dr. Mulcahy has been the recipient of several academic distinctions including a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship in Paris, the Manship Humanities Fellowship and the Amoco Foundation Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. He has been an exchange professor at Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, and was the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow as the Chair of American Studies in Budapest, Hungary for 2002-2003.

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