Negotiating Food Heritage Interpretations: Experiences of a Project at the Estonian National Museum

  • Anu Kannike Estonian National Museum
  • Ester Bardone University of Tartu

Abstract

The article examines varied interpretations of food heritage in contemporary Estonia, relying on the authors’ experiences of a three-year research and development project at the Estonian National Museum (ENM). The study focuses on the museum researchers’ collaboration with different stakeholders, representing small entrepreneurs and the public and non-profit sectors. The authors tackle the partners’ expectations and outcomes of diverse cooperational initiatives and the opportunities and challenges of a contemporary museum as a public forum for discussions on cultural heritage. The project revealed that diverse, complementary, and contested food heritage interpretations exist side-by-side on the Estonian foodscape. Additionally, the project enabled the authors to become better aware of the researcher’s role in the heritagisation process and of the museum as a place for negotiating the meanings and values of food culture.
Published
2021-12-06
How to Cite
KANNIKE, Anu; BARDONE, Ester. Negotiating Food Heritage Interpretations: Experiences of a Project at the Estonian National Museum. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 2, p. 112–134, dec. 2021. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <https://jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/408>. Date accessed: 23 jan. 2022.