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Folklore in the Mirror of Individual and Social Interests (the Case of the Czech Ethnologist František Pospíšil)



Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Od folkloru k world music: ZRCADLENÍ
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords Folklore; folk dance; sword dance; dance and film; phonograph; František Pospíšil; Leoš Janáček
Description František Pospíšil (1885–1958), a noted ethnologist from Brno, was one of the scholars whose research aims and interpretations of the topics which he studied were determined both by his individual interests as well as by social context. The paper attempts to demonstrate it. Pospíšil, who was interested in modern research methods (using phonograph, camera, and film camera) and was ambitious, stretched his research from his home region of Haná in Moravia to Native Americans. Within the Czech environment, Pospíšil was one of the first scholars who used a phonograph to record folk singing; within the international context, Pospíšil was one of the first scholars who used a film camera to research dances. In fact, anything that Pospíšil did in the field of ethnology was unique; he covered a very broad range of themes and geographical areas, he also explored cultural phenomena which were on the margin of interest of others.
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