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Newest Issue of Journal "Narrative Culture" Available Online 0 R. Vanscoyoc Narrative Culture volume 1, number 2 (Fall 2014), is available at http://wsupress.wayne.edu/journals/detail/narrative-culture. "'Another Fine Mess': The Condition of Storytelling in the Digital Age" Michael Wilson "Against Untranslatability" Lee Haring "Postmodern Storytelling in Traditional Popular Genres: Gore Verbinski's Movies as Reflections on Narrative Patterns" Ingrid Tomkowiak "'We Are What We Are Supposed to Be': The Brothers Grimm as Fictional Characters" Donald Haase "The Narrative Prayers (kahani) of the Indo-African Khoja" Iqbal Akhtar "Making Sense of the Nights: Intertextual Connections and Narrative Techniques in the Thousand and One Nights" Ulrich Marzolph
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, February 09, 2015
Crowdsourced Online Fieldwork Methodology Guide 0 R. Vanscoyoc Visit http://libguides.brynmawr.edu/fieldwork for a fieldwork methodology guide by archivist Charlie McNabb.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, January 30, 2015
Kithfolk, Winter 2014, now available online 0 L. Cashman KITHFOLK Issue 3http://www.kithfolk.com/issues/(once you click on the issue, note that it might take up to 20 or 30 seconds to load, since it is a full-size digital magazine)-Interview with Jason Rosenblatt of Shtreiml about Jewish Music and Culture in Montreal-Interview with ethnomusicologist Erica Haskell on the new 4 Album Songbook from Utah Phillips about growing up with Phillips in Nevada City, CA-Interview with elder Creole Zydeco accordionist Preston Frank (Keith Frank’s dad) and pictorial from Cajun photographer Lucius Fontenot-Interview with octogenarian Mississippi blues artist Leo ‘Bud’ Welch (in the article "Americana Music Association 2014")-5 Murder Ballads Where the Woman Gets Revenge-Really interesting interview about a new compilation of cassette tapes from N. African Maghrebi musicians living in Lyon, France (translated from French)-Interview with Mauritanian griot Noura Mint Seymali (translated from French)-Original paintings of some great traditional fiddlers at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (paintings by Howard Rains)-Article on ground-breaking Pashtun artists in Pakistan
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Alan Dundes tribute, "Lord of Lores," as papers opened to public 0 L. Cashman "Lord of Lores: The Papers of Berkeley’s Famed Folklorist Alan Dundes Open to the Public," by Coby McDonald in California Magazine, posted on December 10, 2014 - 7:43pm: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2014-12-10/lord-lores-papers-berkeleys-famed-folklorist-alan-dundes-open
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
"Curate" Among 2014 Banned Words 0 L. Cashman http://www.lssu.edu/banished/index.php
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle 0 L. Cashman The first of two one-hour documentaries from Folkstreams follows the story of a gifted African American family from the rural South. The sequel which follows the grandchildren into the 21th Century, will be released in 2015.See http://www.folkstreams.net/film,2
by L. Cashman
Monday, January 05, 2015
Barry Bergey retirement from NEA 1 L. Cashman Now, NEA shares a podcast download in which Barry Bergey shares some memories about a lifetime immersed in folk and traditional arts. - See more at: http://arts.gov/audio/barry-bergey-recently-retired-director-folk-and-traditional-arts
by L. Cashman
Monday, January 05, 2015
Through Lines: Mission Critical Reflections on Practice, Culture, & Communi 0 L. Cashman The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage introduces Through Lines, an occasional "series about our endeavors to integrate mission, vision, and values in response to the events that unfold daily in neighborhoods near and far. It is a place for us to reflect upon our practice, honor our legacy, and reaffirm our commitment to relevance in an ever-changing world." Recent posts include:Cultural Democracy in the Age of Ferguson, by Greg AdamsThe Will to Adorn and the Optics of Identity, by Diane N'Diaye  
by L. Cashman
Monday, January 05, 2015
"Tradition Today" Issue Four Now Available 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Centre for English Traditional Heritage is pleased to announce Tradition Today issue 4 has now been uploaded to the CETH website: www.centre-for-english-traditional-heritage.org. Follow any of the relevant links on the home page to access a table of contents.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Digital Folklore Project's Digital Trend of the Year 0 L. Cashman The trend of the year from the Digital Folklore Project!#BlackLivesMatter is the Digital Trend of the Year according to USU's Digital Folklore Project. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and #NotYourMascot tied for second place. Overall, researchers note that sex, death, race, and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dominated digital conversations in 2014.  https://english.usu.edu/htm/digital-folklore-project/digital-trend-of-the-year/
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Embroidered Stories on YouTube 0 L. Cashman On November 13th, the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City presented the book Embroidered Stories: Women's Domestic Needlework from Italian Diaspora (University Press of Mississippi, 2014), an interdisciplinary collection including academic essays and creative works from Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the United States edited by Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra.  That evening's presentation is now available online at http://youtu.be/6o39s88GsJE.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
EthnoCloud.com, a World Music Platform for Artists, Labels, Event Organizer 0 L. Cashman My name is Julian Markov and I am the music director at EthnoCloud.com, a World Music Platform for Artists, Labels, Event Organizers and Music Lovers.EthnoCloud is a relatively new website but it is rapidly gaining popular among lovers of ethno and ethnically influenced music, as well as musicians from around the world. I decided to bring it to your attention and I hope that you will find it both interesting and useful in your work.EthnoCloud is a place where artists, labels, event organizers, media and music lovers create profiles and promote their music. We currently have over 1000 artists and other industry professionals registered on the site, as well as over 60,000 Facebook followers.Visit EthnoCloud at the following link: http://ethnocloud.com/?inv=1.Our goal is to promote the beauty of world music. I hope you enjoy it!Best regards,Julian MarkovMusic Directorhttp://ethnocloud.com/
by L. Cashman
Friday, December 12, 2014
Virtual oral history exhibit celebrating the ADA 0 L. Cashman All are welcome to visit the virtual oral history exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26, 2015).  It is a work in progress, and there will be more material to come. It can be accessed at: http://oralhistoryandfolklife.org/Oral_History_and_Folklife_Research,_Inc/The_ADA_At_25/The_ADA_At_25.html
by L. Cashman
Friday, December 12, 2014
Kithfolk: quarterly digital roots music magazine 0 L. Cashman KITHFOLK is a new quarterly digital roots music magazine published by Hearth Music. KITHFOLK features long-form interviews, engaging articles, video and audio streaming premieres, album reviews, and columns from guest writers. KITHFOLK is a grassroots, DIY operation intended to bring more coverage on true roots music from throughout the world to our readers. See http://www.kithfolk.com/
by L. Cashman
Friday, December 12, 2014
The first examination of stand-up comedy through the lens of folklore 0 R. Vanscoyoc In A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy (University Press of Mississippi) Ian Brodie uses a folkloristic approach because the discipline has interpersonal artistic communication and performance at the center of its field of inquiry. This book is the first examination of stand-up comedy through the lens of folklore. Because stand-up comedy is a rather broad category, people who study it often begin by relating it to something they recognize—"literature” or "theatre”; "editorial” or "morality”—and analyze it accordingly. But A Vulgar Art begins with a more fundamental observation: someone is standing in front of a group of people, talking to them directly and trying to make them laugh. So this book takes the moment of performance as its focus, that stand-up comedy is a collaborative act between the comedian and the audience. Thus, the communication between the performer and the audience in the moment of performance is placed at the center of the discussion. Although the form of talk on the stage resembles the form of talk among friends and intimates in social settings, stand-up comedy is a profession that requires performance outside of the comedian’s own community to larger and larger audiences. How do they recreate that atmosphere of intimacy in a roomful of strangers? Brodie examines everything from microphones to clothing and from LPs to twitter as strategies for bridging the distances—spatial, temporal, and socio-cultural—between the performer and the audience. A Vulgar Art is illustrated with examples drawn from stand-up comedy performances as well as comedians talking about comedy on stage. This book will be of interest to anyone, including the academic as well as the general reader who is interested in stand-up comedy, humor studies, folklore, popular culture, media studies, or performance studies. IAN BRODIE is associate professor of folklore at Cape Breton University. He has served as president of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and is currently the editor for Contemporary Legend: The Journal of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.For more information contact Clint Kimberling, Publicist (ckimberling@mississippi.edu) Read more about A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy at http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1739.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Spiorad na Samhna (Spirit of Samhain): Origins of Halloween Film on Vimeo 0 R. Vanscoyoc This film by Dessie Baker features narration by folklorist Dr. Jenny Butler of University College, Cork, and looks at the origins of one of Ireland's biggest Halloween carnivals. Check it out at http://vimeo.com/101398600.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Bloch International Folk Art Project Comes to North Dakota 0 R. Vanscoyoc Bismarck, ND—The North Dakota Council on the Arts, in July and August 2014, participated in a global art project called Bloch. The project involves a large spruce tree log that is traveling to every continent on earth. The idea is to have communities interact with the log to communicate something to the world. North Dakota represented the North American continent through interaction with folk artists and folk communities. When Bloch came to North Dakota, it was bare. No artistic work was done to it even though it previously traveled to Europe and Asia. So, inspired by the Great Plains American Indian tradition, we interacted with the tree by transforming it into a "global talking stick" to communicate to the world who we are and what we are about. For further details about North Dakota's involvement read the attached press release.As part of the project, a 23-minute documentary was produced showing Bloch's travels throughout North Dakota and the folk artists who interacted with and transformed the log. All the artwork shown on and with the log was done here. Due to time constraints and other factors, not every traditional artist or art form was able to be shown, though all are appreciated greatly. However, all the artists, sponsors, and local coordinators who participated are included in the credits at the end. The video is now available online on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0W1NHf0JHY&list=UUKYnhL22CP3OENrjFAJxQdg.Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed your talents, be it artistic or logistical, to the success of the North Dakota/North American component of this project. Thank you for presenting our area of the world in such a positive way.  Feel free to share this link with whoever you wish.Troyd A. GeistNorth Dakota Council on the ArtsLearn more about the Bloch project at http://bloch23781.com/home/about/.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Etiquette and ethics of live-tweeting academic conferences 0 L. Cashman "Live-tweeting at academic conferences: 10 rules of thumb," Higher Education Blog (October 3, 2014):  http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/oct/03/ethics-live-tweeting-academic-conferences
by L. Cashman
Monday, November 24, 2014
CFCH Education Resources featured in Smithsonian Education News 0 L. Cashman Three Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage resources were featured in the November issue of theSmithsonian Education News, which reaches about 24,000 educators.   See http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/tools/enews_current.html for:Online Endangered Languages Story Map, Smithsonian Folklife FestivalSmithsonian Folkways Tools for Teachers, Folkways Lesson Plans Folklife and Oral History Guide, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural HeritageFeel free to share and contribute!
by L. Cashman
Monday, November 24, 2014
Roots Channel: on-demand & live video of music, arts, culture & sustainabil 0 L. Cashman It's time to change music together.Click here to watch my 2.5 minute introduction to The Roots Channel:<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001HIHnazskuIMeytFGRABMJTA5RGHGa1oCMM2wKhIsw2jUqVy-7NmguJcJzgASvYDkha4cCI8vMAjySZ1T93LbIHfrj7cLSX7zYtgi2cKmnizCg7TKSc5OnmqHBzVwBYNUtfhRUPA3nqDm06Z8UTHR5-mv_PKbE4NSSHEvWK2mpAcOj38gWkZ8l7KmcwzbdrSNEAG43hk3dISYOnaEpTUd5Q==&c=yDh3dA2vhDC-ePz_1qZXu_rfyrukh7AehTUomS_Jpbh4M4nQ3b1YSA==&ch=ahCJocZgp_zxLqt1aYwCD3Ce_LAgQDztIudaUC4hFAJuTleRniUZsQ==>Dear Roots Music Fans,Three years ago, I started working on ways to use streaming video to help buildsustainable work for musicians.It's certainly taken long enough - but today I'm proud to formerly announce theofficial launch of The Roots Channel.In one place, The Roots Channel offers streaming on-demand and live videocovering roots music, arts, culture and sustainability topics.  Musician-ownedand operated, we've committed from day one to share 70% of our net revenue withthe artists and content providers we feature on the site.From full length concert movies and documentaries to lessons, workshops and livewebcasts - we've put together a one-of-a-kind resource for lovers of authentic,personal music and arts.There's so much I could say about it, but I thought it would be easier toproduce a small video.  To see what Roots is all about, just click the videolink above.  I'll explain it all :)Thanks so much and I'll see you on the site!Michael ConnollyFounder, The Roots Channel
by L. Cashman
Monday, November 24, 2014


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