CFP-2010-ENG2 - 8th Conference of the International Society...

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8 th  Conference of the International Society for the Oral Literature of Africa (ISOLA) Mombasa, Kenya, 15-20 July 2010 2 ND  Call for Papers on the Topic:  Indigenous Knowledges and Intellectual Property Rights in the Age of Globalization ________________________________________________________________________ In  this  era  of   globalization,   issues  on  the  importance  of   utilizing  and  safeguarding  indigenous  knowledges  elicit   great   concern.   ISOLA   identifies  with  the  initiative  of   UNESCO   towards  the  preservation of the world’s intangible heritage. For UNESCO (Convention for the Safeguarding of the  Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003), the intangible cultural heritage is manifested in: oral traditions  and expressions; the performing arts; social practices, rituals and festivals; knowledge and practices  concerning nature and the universe; and traditional craftsmanship.  Studies reveal that while many world citizens are conscious of having stakes in the safeguarding of  national and universal forms of the intangible heritage, accumulated and polished by the knowledge,  work, creativity and experience of countless generations, indigenous knowledges are increasingly  pressured into extinction by certain forces of modernization.  Yet indigenous knowledges have sustained communities across the globe from time immemorial.  They   are   embedded   in   and   practised   through   art,   agriculture,   architecture,   cattle   rearing,  environmental science, history, hunting, law, medicine, politics, religion, writing, as well numerous  other cultural and social arts and practices.  Oral literature has the vast advantage of transmitting many of these knowledges and practices in a  literary   form,   alongside   other   productions   of   a   predominantly   but   rarely   exclusively   aesthetic  character, since such a worldview is contrary to the holistic nature of African culture. The 8
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