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History and Nature, Violence and Beauty: Recording the Sounds of the South 0 A. Intern In an interview with John Hockenberry, Bill Ferris discusses his efforts to document the south and the people who live there. "One thing southerners have in common is they love to talk and they love to hear a good tale," Ferris tells John Hockenberry. "It is that narrative of voices that I have tried to follow—to listen to the story, no matter who they are." Listen to the interview here.
by A. Intern
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Georgia Folklore Collection Made Available Online 0 A. Intern The Georgia Folklore Collection consists primarily of field recordings made by Art Rosenbaum donated to the University of Georgia Libraries Media Archives in 1987. The collection also contains associated collections of sound and video recordings from around Georgia, including those made between 1955 and 1983 by volunteers from the Georgia Folklore Society.  Some of the artists represented in the collection include the Tanner family, Reverend Howard Finster, the McIntosh County Shouters, Doodle Thrower and the Golden River Grass, Neal Pattman, Joe Rakestraw, Jake Staggers, the Eller brothers, Doc and Lucy Barnes, Nathaniel and Fleeta Mitchell, R. A. Miller, W. Guy Bruce, Precious Bryant, and many more. Through a partnership with the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the collection is now available to view online here.
by A. Intern
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
New Edition of Digest Released 0 A. Intern This latest issue, Spring 2015, Vol 4: Issue 1, brings you another range of discussions on food and culture. From a recipe memoir of "Chocolate Goo” through an exploration of a series of WWI menus from a Newfoundland newspaper, to ruminations on the food cultures of twelfth century Salerno and present-day Vermont, this issues spans time and space. The issue concludes with vintage ads, a wonderful recipe for stuffed baked fish, and two reflections on sharing personally meaningful recipes—or not—that comprise the Amuse Bouche section. Last but not least, four book reviews introduce publications exploring Kentucky, Mexican, and Caribbean foodways, as well as food activism. Read the issue online here.
by A. Intern
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Journal of World Popular Music Publishes Another Edition 0 A. Intern Equinox is pleased to announce the publication of 2.1 of Journal of World Popular Music. For more information and to subscribe visit the journal homepage.
by A. Intern
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Banjo Pickin’ Girls and Fiddlin’ Women 0 A. Intern "Many musicians from Kentucky cite their mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters as inspirations. Why then, wondered Rachel Hopkin, don’t female musicians appear prominently in the state’s musical history? Her quest to find out taught her about three country pioneers and took her all over the Bluegrass State.”Listen to this episode of Earshot, a program from Australia’s ABC Radio National, featuring WKU folk studies graduate Rachel Hopkin, here.
by A. Intern
Friday, June 26, 2015
University Press of CO and UT State University Press Fall/Winter Catalog 0 A. Intern The University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press are pleased to present the Fall/Winter 2015 digital catalog where you will find details on our upcoming titles in archaeology, anthropology, composition, folklore, history, natural history, and poetry. Contact Beth Svinarich, Sales and Marketing Manager, at beth@upcolorado.com with any questions or to request review or exam copies.
by A. Intern
Friday, June 26, 2015
Folkloric Perspective on the Confederate Flag in HuffPo 0 A. Intern Penn State Harrisburg doctoral candidate John E. Price in the Huffington Post cites folkloristic perspective in condemning display of Confederate flag. Read more here. 
by A. Intern
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Exploring the intersection between folklore and cultural expression 0 A. Intern Artchange, Inc. has released a new film exploring the intersection between folklore and cultural expression. Tracing Roots, a 35 minute documentary film set in Alaska and British Columbia, follows a master Haida weaver named Delores Churchill on a heartfelt journey to uncover the history and cultural origins of a woven spruce root hat found with Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi, also known as the Long Ago Person Found, in a retreating glacier in Northern Canada. The discovery of Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi raises questions for Delores about her own cultural history and art. Her search to understand the roots of the woven hat involves artists, scholars and scientists and resonates with First Nations efforts to preserve and take ownership of cultural heritage. You can view a trailer for the film here: tracingrootsfilm.com. If you are interested in setting up a screening, please contact Julia Rosenheim, Summer Outreach Coordinator, at julia.rosenheim@yale.edu.
by A. Intern
Monday, June 22, 2015
New Grinder's Switch Foundation Music Website 2 A. Intern The site is available at http://www.countrymusicaltrails.com/.
by A. Intern
Monday, June 22, 2015
Moira Marsh's "Practically Joking" Now Available 0 A. Intern In Practically Joking, the first full-length study of the practical joke, Moira Marsh examines the value, artistry, and social significance of this ancient and pervasive form of vernacular expression.In Practically Joking, the first full-length study of the practical joke, Moira Marsh examines the value, artistry, and social significance of this ancient and pervasive form of vernacular expression.Though they are sometimes dismissed as the lowest form of humor, practical jokes come from a lively tradition of expressive play. They can reveal both sophistication and intellectual satisfaction, with the best demanding significant skill and talent not only to conceive but also to execute. Practically Joking establishes the practical joke as a folk art form subject to critical evaluation by both practitioners and audiences, operating under the guidance of local aesthetic and ethical canons.Marsh studies the range of genres that pranks comprise; offers a theoretical look at the reception of practical jokes based on "benign transgression”—a theory that sees humor as playful violation—and uses real-life examples of practical jokes in context to establish the form’s varieties and meanings as an independent genre, as well as its inextricable relationship with a range of folklore forms. Scholars of folklore, humor, and popular culture will find much of interest in Practically Joking. For more information and to place and order visit here
by A. Intern
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia Released 0 A. Intern Sabina Magliocco reports that Antonio Sorge's new book on feuds, bandits, and state power in Sardinia is out and great for class use! Read more here.
by A. Intern
Monday, June 08, 2015
English Folk Dance and Song Society Launches Resource Bank 0 A. Intern A free online resource to encourage more people to learn and teach folk related music, dance, drama and arts has been launched by national arts organisation, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). The charity has created the Resource Bank – which is freely available to anyone to browse at www.efdss.org/resourcebank - to encourage more people to learn about traditional music, dance, drama, other arts and customs. The Resource Bank's vibrant and accessible guides to music, dance and culture will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about folk, while teachers and educational professionals can access teaching tools including an extensive range of learning materials, audio and video (for streaming or download) to be used in a range of subjects at different levels.
by A. Intern
Friday, June 05, 2015
University Press of Colorado Anniversary Sale 0 A. Intern The University Press of Colorado celebrates 50 years with a 50% off sale now through the end of the year. Any book, any quantity, is now 50% off after you enter the code 50FOR50 at checkout. To purchase a book, go here. 
by A. Intern
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Acadian Fiddle Website 0 A. Intern A collection of Acadian fiddlers organized by Louis and Devon Léger with the help of the staff at Hearth Music, especially Carl-Eric Tangen. It spans across the Acadian diaspora in Eastern Canada (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, The Magdalen Islands, Newfoundland). It’s not meant to be a definitive answer, but more of a resource for people to discover old style Acadian fiddling, which is almost gone these days. Hopefully a forum too to discover new artists as other folks write in. They're working on mainland Nova Scotian Acadian fiddling right now and would like to do Franco-American fiddling in Maine/New England with Acadian roots. To see the website, go here.  
by A. Intern
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Deb Boykin interviews Dan Sheehy for Alabama Arts Radio Series 0 A. Intern Dan Sheehy, Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, talks with Deb Boykin about the label’s collection of traditional music from around the world and its “commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.” He focuses specifically on the Alabama recordings in the collection and explains how the label’s unique print-by-order process makes otherwise obscure material from the catalog as accessible as possible. Read more and listen in here.
by A. Intern
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
"1,000 Songs From Holocaust Survivors Archived" on NPR 0 L. Cashman Ravenna Koenig, "1,000 Songs From Holocaust Survivors Archived," NPR Music (May 16, 2015): http://www.npr.org/2015/05/16/406967291/1-000-songs-from-holocaust-survivors-archived
by L. Cashman
Monday, May 18, 2015
Anthropology of this Century, Issue 13 (May 2015) 0 L. Cashman The latest issue of AOTC has been posted online and is now freely available to read: http://aotcpress.com/archive/issue-13/ It includes articles by Charles Stafford (on incest and attachment), Rita Astuti (on Theory of Mind), Gregor Dobler (on the work of Jeanne Favret-Saada), Amy J. Cohen (on law and society scholarship) and Nate Roberts (on caste), as well as a feature article on spatial connections in Russia by Caroline Humphrey. ANTHROPOLOGY OF THIS CENTURY (AOTC) publishes reviews of recent works in anthropology and related disciplines, as well as occasional feature articles. There are three issues per academic year – in October, January and May.
by L. Cashman
Monday, May 18, 2015
Gay Traditions 0 L. Cashman Devon Leger has prepared a series for No Depression called Gay Traditions; the idea is to shine a light on gay traditional artists and especially to look at how their connection to tradition has affected their identity: http://nodepression.com/interview/gay-traditions-matthew-lawrences-nw-makah-vision-heritage http://nodepression.com/article/gay-traditions-talking-stepdancer-and-trad-singer-nic-gareiss http://nodepression.com/article/gay-traditions-singerharpist-seumas-gagne-being-gay-gaeldom http://nodepression.com/article/gay-traditions-texas-songwriter-emily-herrings-honky-tonk-pathways http://nodepression.com/article/gay-traditions-ashleigh-flynns-western-mythos -- Devon LegerHearth Music/HearthPRwww.hearthmusic.com Check out the new issue of KITHFOLK, Hearth's digital roots music magazine. Issue #3 is up now! www.kithfolk.com
by L. Cashman
Monday, May 18, 2015
JFR 52:1 released 0 L. Cashman Journal of Folklore Research An International Journal of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Volume 52, Number 1, January-April 2015Contents: Las Colcheras: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Inscription of Heritage in Contemporary Northern New Mexico, Kirstin C. Erickson Contingent Collaborations: Patterns of Reciprocity in Museum-Community Partnerships, Daniel C. Swan and Michael Paul Jordan A Case Study in Folklore Archives Management: The Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore at the University of Oregon, Nathan Georgitis Filling "An Immense Brain with Very Little in the Brain” for "Perpetual Memory”: Folklore Archiving New and Old, Janet C. Gilmore  Michael Dylan Foster / Associate Professor / Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology / Indiana University, Editor, Journal of Folklore Research http://jfr.indiana.edu/ This issue can be access via Project Muse and JSTOR: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_folklore_research/ http://www.jstor.org/page/journal/jfolkrese/about.html
by L. Cashman
Monday, May 18, 2015
Lomax Centennial and the 1938 Lomax MIchigan Materials 0 L. Cashman A series of materials are now available based on Alan Lomax's pioneering 1938 collecting trip in Michigan. All are related to the Michigan 1938 Project, a collaborative effort to commemorate Lomax's historic documentation in Michigan through a series of complementary initiatives: recordings, an eBook, online access to the Library of Congress Lomax Michigan collection, and the return of selected recordings to their communities of origin. Project partners included the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, the Association for Cultural Equity, the University of Wisconsin Center for the Study of Upper Midwest Cultures, and the Michigan State University Museum. For more information on all the project activities, see the following websites: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Alan Lomax Collection Michigan Project homepage: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/lomax/michiganproject.html (including a series of Podcasts)The complete Alan Lomax Collection of Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings (now online) http://www.loc.gov/collection/alan-lomax-in-michigan/about-this-collection/Michigan-I-O: Alan Lomax and the 1938 Library of Congress Folk-Song Expedition, Todd Harvey's terrific and pioneering multimedia ebook: http://www.dust-digital.com/michigan/The companion CD to the above, released by Global Jukebox/ACE: http://culturalequity.org/features/globaljukebox/index.phpGuha Shankar's blog on Alan Lomax Goes North, about the documentary film he and Jim Leary did based on Alan's 1938 silent color film footage: http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2013/08/inquiring-minds-alan-lomax-goes-north/Jim Leary's book, Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937–1946 (available May 2015), which includes Lomax Michigan material and the DVD documentary of the 1938 Lomax film footage, mentioned above, http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5231.htm The Michigan State University Museum traveling exhibition, "Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression,” on display at MSUM through Oct. 18, 2015 and available for loan through the museum's traveling exhibition service: http://museum.msu.edu/museum/tes/MIFolksong.htm
by L. Cashman
Monday, May 11, 2015


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