From the OSU Folklore Student Association --
Keynote address by
Alex E. Chávez
University of Illinois at Chicago
We are happy to announce the 7th annual collaborative conference
between The Ohio State University Folklore Student Association and the Folklore
& Ethnomusicology Student Associations of Indiana University, set for April 4-5, 2014, on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. This
conference aims to create a space for graduate and undergraduate students to
share their research in folklore, ethnomusicology, anthropology, cultural
studies, material culture, literary studies, performance studies, and related
disciplines connected to the study of academic and vernacular interpretations
of everyday life.
This year’s conference focuses on power and
subversion – from grand gestures to everyday acts. In his book Stance:
Ideas about Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture,
Harris M. Berger wrote, "The irreducibility of power stems from the most
fundamental nature of practice and agency, and examining this concept will put
into perspective the relationships among expressive culture, stance, and power”
(p.132). We offer the following questions as possible starting points for
this examination; however, submissions on other topics are also welcome.
- In what ways is power
constructed and what are possible methods for subverting power?
- What constitutes subversion and how is it
- How are agency, power, and performance connected?
- What links exist between everyday acts and grand
gestures in building or subverting power?
- How are new and social medias (re)shaping the
circulation of official and vernacular discourse?
- In what ways do audiences decenter or legitimize
- Where do we see people "resisting resistance,”
and to what ends?
- How are power and subversion enacted differently
in the public or private spheres?
- In what ways are our research practices situated
in fields of power, and how do we work with or against power?
The conference will have three opportunities for
participation: 20-minute paper presentations, a poster session, and
10-minute presentations for works-in-progress. We will be accepting
250-word abstracts for all presentation formats. Submissions from diverse areas
of study are welcome, but we ask that presenters articulate in their abstracts the
ways that their topics connect to the study of folklore or ethnomusicology.
This year, we are also inviting upper-level
graduate students to serve as panel discussants. To be considered, please send
a short statement of intent (250 words) separate from any presentation
proposal, explaining your interest and your area(s) of specialization.
All materials must be submitted by Sunday, January
12, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit materials
in the form of a Word Document attached to your e-mail.
Register for this event
for free at http://www.osuiu2014.eventbrite.com/.
For more information on the
details of the conference visit http://cfs.osu.edu/fsa/student-conference in the coming months.