Keynote Address: Dr. David Novak (University
of California, Santa Barbara)
The Eighth Annual Folklore and Ethnomusicology Joint University
Conference, sponsored by the Folklore and Ethnomusicology Student Associations
of Indiana University and The Ohio State University Folklore Student
Association, will be held April 10-11, 2015, on the campus of Indiana
University in Bloomington. The conference creates a collaborative and
supportive workspace for graduate and undergraduate students to share their
research in folklore, ethnomusicology, anthropology, cultural studies, material
culture, performance studies, and related disciplines connected to the study of
the expressive vernacular culture of everyday life.
In Ethnography and the Historical Imagination (1992), Jean and John
Comaroff write, "Ethnography serves at once to make the familiar
strange and the strange familiar, all the better to understand them both” (p.
6). This year, we consider the familiar and
the obscure as categories of knowledge commonly invoked in folkloristics,
ethnomusicology, and adjacent disciplines. Bound within texts, sounds, performances,
and customs, the familiar and the obscure orient us toward our analytical
subjects. The aim in examining these categories is to engage academic and vernacular
understandings and representations of self and other; central and peripheral;
and official and unofficial. Specifically:
- What constitutes the familiar and/or
- What ethical concerns inform our
understanding of these categories?
- How are these concepts taken up in
various cultural modes and meaning-making processes?
- How do the familiar and the obscure
intersect in the texts and contexts of everyday life?
- In what ways might our research
practices reinforce or challenge concepts of the familiar or the obscure?
There are three avenues for
participation. In addition to customary
20-minute paper presentations, there will also be a poster session, and shorter
10-minute presentations for works-in-progress.Potential
contributors must submit abstracts of 250 words for all individual presentation
formats. For those submitting panel topics, please include both a 250 abstract
for the whole panel in addition to abstracts and institutional affiliations for
each individual paper.
The deadline for abstract submissions is Sunday, January 25, 2015. Submissions
from diverse areas of study are welcome. In addition to including a 250-word
abstract, presenters are asked to submit their preferred presentation format, any audio, visual or
other needs for the presentation, and contact information and
university affiliation. Please submit all abstracts online at: http://goo.gl/forms/mbZAeWpqeQ.
Registration for this event is free,
For more information on the details of the
conference, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visithttps://folksa.wordpress.com/conferences/ in
the coming months.