The Newsletter 62 Winter 2012

Of pop, kitsch, and cultural heritage. A meditation on cultural heritage and its intimate relationship with history

Ulrich Timme Kragh

Culture is the great shaper of human will and desire; the social binder of a shared yearning for value and taste: the love of common language, cuisine, and way of life. It is the connector of future-looking volition with past-derived identity; a juncture where expectation can be challenged by deep-felt questioning. Yet, will and desire are restricted by the extent to which imagination can fancy desirable objects, and imagination is culturally determined.

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