The 6th annual collaborative conference
between The Ohio State University Folklore Student Association and the Folklore
& Ethnomusicology Student Associations at Indiana University aims to create
a space for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research in folklore,
ethnomusicology, cultural studies, material culture, performance studies, and
related disciplines connected to the study of academic and vernacular
interpretations of everyday life.
In "Publics and Counterpublics” (2002),
literary critic and social theorist Michael Warner describes a public as "a
space of discourse organized by nothing other than discourse itself” (50).
Publics therefore are "only realized through active uptake” (60) as
individuals, communities, and institutions generate, sustain, and transform
discourse through various expressive forms (material, textual, kinesthetic,
etc.). Folklorists and ethnomusicologists have long been interested in
communities of circulation and this year’s theme will reflect back upon and
build from these histories of inquiry.
This year’s conference therefore seeks
to explore the following questions and themes:
- What is the "public domain” and how does it
impact individuals and communities’ distribution and ownership of expressive
forms and practices?
- How do public and private discourses create, validate, or transform hegemonic
structures and power relations amongst communities’, individuals’, and
- What problems do public and applied folklorists and ethnomusicologists face
within their work and how might these be mitigated, overcome, or theorized?
- How might theories of public/applied engagement impact practice?
- What issues might public workers face as they act as mediators between various
publics and counterpublics?
- How do individuals and collectives take up, reproduce, modulate, and (re)distribute
various expressive forms (material, textual, kinesthetic, etc.) as they are
reiterated through various social networks?
- How can our previous understandings of the public and private sectors be
enhanced by exploring the idea of the counterpublic?
Themes for consideration might include:
- Public discourse and counterpublicsApplied folkloristics and ethnomusicology and the question of activism
- Public art, spectacle, and festival
- "Participatory cultures” (Jenkins 1992 and 2006)
- Folklore, technology, and the media
- Theories of circulation, intertextuality, or "intermateriality” (Michael
We also welcome submissions on other topics.
The conference will have four opportunities
for participation: 20-minute paper presentations, a poster session, 10-minute
experimental panels for works-in-progress, and a discussion forum for all
attendees. We will be accepting 250-word abstracts for all presentation
formats, apart from the forum.
must be submitted by Friday, January 11, 2013.
Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can register for this event for free at http://iuosu2013.eventbrite.com/#.
For more information on the conference visit http://folksa.wordpress.com/conferences/