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Unveiling of George Mason University Folklore Studies Program website 0 L. Cashman See the new website at
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 16, 2013
Sarah Bryan's Folk Funeraria in Design Observer Blog 0 L. Cashman See John Foster, "Folk Funeraria of the South," The Design Observer Group Observatory.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Béascna 8: UCC Journal of Folklore and Ethnology 0 L. Cashman The latest number of Béascna (UCC Journal of Folklore and Ethnology) is now available. Please find below a list of the contents of this year's volume. BÉASCNA 8 (2013) UCC JOURNAL OF FOLKLORE AND ETHNOLOGY / IRIS BHÉALOIDEASA AGUS EITNEOLAÍOCHTA COC Clár Ábhair / Table of Contents Altanna / Articles Mícheál Briody, The Gaelic Story-Teller and Séamus Ó 
Duilearga’s Views on the Role and Antiquity of Airneán Simon Young, Some Notes on Irish Fairy Changelings in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers Dáithí de Mórdha, Fiagaithe na gCeann: An Dr. Charles R. 
Browne agus Eitneagrafaíocht Iarthar Éireann Chad Buterbaugh, Speech Play and Satire in a Folklorized 
Irish StoryRosari Kingston, A Tale of Two Bone-setters: An Examination 
of the Bone-setting Tradition in Ireland Tríona Ní Shíocháin, Filí agus Amhránaithe, Cumadóirí agus Athchumadóirí: An Seachadadh Cruthaitheach agus an Chumadóireacht Bhéil i dTraidisiún Amhránaíochta 
na GaelainneTom Boland & Ray Griffin, Autoethnographies of the Hard 
Work of Doing Nothing: Re-writing the Experience of 
Unemployment Domhnall Uilliam Stiùbhart, Murder in Barra, 1609? 
The Killing of the ‘Peursan Mór’ Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Doolin Dischord: Musical Devolution 
in an Irish Micro Soundscape  Mám ón nGort Piaras Ó Droighneáin (eag.), Peigín Uí Chéide: ‘Seanchas na mBan ó Chois Fharraige’  Léirmheasanna / Reviews Tríona Ní Shíocháin, Bláth ’s Craobh na nÚdar: Amhráin Mháire Bhuí
(Ciarán Ó Gealbháin) Proinsias Mac Cana, The Cult of the Sacred Centre: Essays on 
Celtic Ideology
(Gearóid Ó Crualaoich) James Kelly & Ciarán Mac Murchaidh (eag.), Irish and English: Essays on the Irish Linguistic and Cultural Frontier, 1600-1900
 (John Walsh) Sean Williams & Lillis Ó Laoire, Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man(Tríona Ní Shíocháin)Stiofán Ó Cadhla, An tSlat Féithleoige: Ealaíona an Dúchais 
Maighread A. Challan, Air Bilean an t-Sluaigh: Sealladh air Leantalachd Beul-Aithris Ghàidhlig Uibhist a Tuath 
(Alan Titley) Seán Ó Duinnshléibhe (eag.), Párliment na bhFíodóirí le Dáibhí 
de Barra
(Síle de Cléir)  You can order the journal by e-mail ( or by writing to Bláthnaid Ní Bheaglaoich at the Department of Folklore and Ethnology, 5 Elderwood, College Road, University College Cork, Ireland. The relevant order form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below: Irish- and English-language versionsare available, and forms are listed according to location (Éire, Europe, USA, etc). Back issues can also be purchased: individual numbers cost €15 but three issues (6, 7 & 8 for example) can be purchased for €30, including postage. The link to the Departmental Website below also gives an outline of the contents of previous numbers. Link: GAIRM SCOILE / CALL FOR PAPERS Submissions for the next number (deadline: 1 November 2013) are also sought. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:JA;}
by L. Cashman
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Stories of Our Lives: Memory, History, Narrative, by Frank de Caro 0 L. Cashman From Utah State University Press:Stories of Our Lives: Memory, History, Narrative, by Frank de CaroThe social importance of personal narratives, family saga, and communal legends are well-established in ethnographic and folkloristic literature, but their value for individual self-knowledge is less often demonstrated. Both a memoir and a research project, Stories of Our Lives considers the stories from Frank de Caro's personal life, as well as the stories he has collected in his years of field research as he explores how the stories we tell, listen to, and learn play an integral role in constructing our temporal selves. De Caro uses his own memories and stories as specimens to call attention to the centrality of oral narration in his life, providing the recollections that all memoirs provide while additionally considering what those stories have meant to his life and sense of self. In doing so, he demonstrates the way in which stories infuse an individual life-expressing, contextualizing, and creating one's sense of self-and how the larger life narrative in turn provides a context for the stories that shape it. ISBN: 978-0-87421-893-0Pages: 220Illustrations: 20 b&w photosPaper, $26.95 Adobe Digital Edition Ebook, $22.00  Order from Utah State University Press at, iBook, Nook and other ebook editions are also available. Please purchase directly from your preferred ebook outlet.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Delis, deeds of gift, etymology, lullaby scholars in publore 0 L. Cashman Find publore postings in the publore archives at; you must subscribe to access. See August 2013, week 2.
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 12, 2013
Jewish delis, Folkstreams map, other topics discussed on publore 0 L. Cashman Find publore postings in the publore archives at; you must subscribe to access. See August 2013, week 1.
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 12, 2013
BBC Radio 4 interview with Izzy Young, available until 8/17/13 0 L. Cashman On BBC Radio 4, a 30-minute radio interview with Izzy Young; first broadcast 10 August 2013; available until 17 August 2013: From the BBC Radio 4 website:- One of the UK's most acclaimed folk singers, Seth Lakeman, travels to New York to meet the man regarded a the world's leading expert on folk music, 85 year old Izzy Young who opened his first Folklore Center in New York's Greenwich Village in 1957. The store in MacDougal St became a focal point for the American folk music scene of the time. Bob Dylan writes in his memoirs about spending time at the Center, which he referred to as "The citadel of Americana Folk Music - like an ancient chapel". Dylan met Dave Van Ronk in the store, and Izzy Young produced Dylan's first concert at Carnegie Chapter Hall in 1961. Dylan wrote a song about the store and Young called "Talking Folklore Center". After developing an interest in Swedish folk music at a festival, Young closed his New York store and in 1973 he moved to Stockholm where he opened the Folklore Centrum, where he still works seven days a week. Making a rare return to New York, 40 years since he first left, Izzy joins Seth on the steps of 110 MacDougal St in Greenwich Village - the site of his original Folklore Center - to reminisce about the evocative days in the late 50s and early 60s when, as Bob Dylan recalls, "Folk music glittered like a mound of gold". Wandering up MacDougal Street to Washington Square Park, Izzy describes the events of April 1961, when 'Folkies' staged what would later be referred to as 'the first protest action of the 60s'. When city officials tried to ban folk musicians from performing in the square, Izzy was the main organiser of a protest that resulted in clashes with local police. The protestors eventually won their legal battle with the city and music has been permitted in the square ever since. Producer: Des Shaw A Ten Alps production for BBC Radio 4.
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 12, 2013
The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences 0 L. Cashman On June 19, 2013, the American Academy Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences released its report, The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a vibrant, competitive, and secure nation. See the recommendation for  a "culture corps" to be added to the Corporation for National and Community Service on page 6 of the report summary. Both the report and the summary plus a video are available at
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 12, 2013
Open Book Publishers releases "Storytelling in Northern Zambia" online 0 L. Cashman From: Open Book Publishers, general@openbookpublishers.comNew release: "Storytelling in Northern Zambia: Theory, Method, Practice and Other Necessary Fictions," by Robert CancelAt a time when the idea of the traditional book is rapidly changing, this work harnesses the potential of digital technologies to allow readers to access the primary sources on which research is based. A collection and analysis of northern Zambia’s oral narrative traditions, this book pioneers a new integration of critical text and original audio-visual material, enabling you to watch videos of the storytellers while you read.Cancel’s thorough critical interpretation, meanwhile, makes "Storytelling in Northern Zambia" a much needed addition to the slender corpus of African folklore studies that deal with storytelling performance. Cancel threads his way between the complex demands of African fieldwork studies, folklore theory, narrative modes, reflexive description and simple documentation and succeeds in bringing to the reader a set of performers and their performances that are vivid, varied and instructive. His study tells us not only about storytelling but sheds light on the study of oral literatures throughout Africa and beyond."Storytelling in Northern Zambia" was published on 16 July 2013 and can be read for free online here: <> where it is also available in inexpensive digital, paperback and hardback editions.Open Book Publishers is a non-profit organisation, run by academics in Cambridge and London. We are committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world. We rely on our friends and associates to assist in publicizing our books, and we thank you for your support.Contact Catherine Heygate, assistant editor, for more details about this volume or what we do at OBP.
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 12, 2013
"Shout Bands Stir Up Tubular Fervor In Charlotte," NPR Music 0 L. Cashman "Shout Bands Stir Up Tubular Fervor In Charlotte," All Things Considered, August 2, 2013. NPR Music.
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 12, 2013
Publore on collecting Russian folk music, and "American" music abroad 0 L. Cashman Find publore postings in their archives at; you must subscribe to access. See July 2013, week 4.
by L. Cashman
Friday, July 26, 2013
Vote to fund conservation at Philadelphia Folklore Project 0 L. Cashman From the Philadelphia Folklore Project:Hate to bother you with one of these crowd-sourcing contests, but if you can, please vote for PFP at we get enough votes,  PFP has a chance to get help from conservators in preserving the Bill and Miriam Crawford Dining room: an incredible collection of social change ephemera and testimony to a life well-lived. If you've been to PFP, you've seen the installation of the Crawford's actual dining room walls:. Bill's 4-walls are a collage of posters and fliers gathered over 40_ years. Conservators would help stabilize the fragile paper and mounting, allowing us to keep the dining room on display in West Philadelphia.You can make this happen by voting at can vote once a day until August 5th. The top 10 vote-getting organizations will get items preserved.Thanks for your help.
by L. Cashman
Friday, July 26, 2013
Publore discusses dowsing, foodways films, transcription resources and more 0 L. Cashman Find publore postings in their archives at; you must subscribe to access. See July 2013, week 3.
by L. Cashman
Friday, July 26, 2013
Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 22:1 0 L. Cashman The latest issue of Anthropological Journal of European Cultures has been published by Berghahn Journals. How do people use history to shape their lives, places and 'worlds'? Which kind of history do they use, and in what ways? What are the functions of history in this context? How do people interact with places and spaces by constructing history, and what are the implications of these constructions for a sense of place? These are some of the questions explored in this special issue on history and place-making. Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal:  Volume 22, Issue 1 THEMATIC FOCUS: History, Heritage and Place-Making INTRODUCTION History as a Resource in Postmodern Societies Máiréad Nic Craith and Michaela Fenske Making the New by Rebuilding the Old: Histourism in Werben, Germany Michaela Fenske 'The Best Way to See Waterloo is with Your Eyes Shut': British 'Histourism', Authenticity and Commercialisation in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Pieter François Living Heritage and Religious Traditions: Re-interpreting Columba/Colmcille in the UK City of Culture Máiréad Nic Craith The Memorialisation of the Highland Clearances in Scottish Museums: Economic and Socio-Political Uses of Heritage Laurence Gouriévidis The Life of the Death of 'The Fighting Fairy Woman of Bodmin': Storytelling around the Museum of Witchcraft Helen Cornish The Zoo as a Realm of Memory Cornelius Holtorf GENERAL ARTICLE Regional Identity and Regionalisation in Eastern Europe: The Case of Lubuskie, Poland Robert A. Parkin BOOK REVIEW Philip McDermott, Migrant Languages in the Public Space: A Case Study from Northern Ireland Reviewed by Nicola Bermingham Recommend Anthropological Journal of European Cultures to your library Are you unable to access these articles through your library? As a key researcher in your field you can recommend Anthropological Journal of European Cultures to your library for subscription. A form for this purpose is provided on the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures website: Free Online Trial / Sample Copy Sample requests for print copies as well as free 60-day online trials are available for all Berghahn Journals. Find full details at For additional information, including subscription details as well as submission guidelines, visit
by L. Cashman
Monday, July 22, 2013
Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales: A Film by Paul Wolffram 0 L. Cashman From Documentary Educational Resources: "This is a story of the Lak people. It's also a story of how I came to know the people of the region and how my story became forever woven into their own… I was to become enmeshed in events that resulted in bloodshed and death. What's more, I was held responsible.” In 2001 Paul Wolffram, a cultural researcher, travelled to one of the most isolated and unique corners of the earth. He eventually spent over two years living and working among the Lak people in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea. As his relationships with the people grew he began to glimpse a hidden reality, a dark and menacing history that loomed over his host community. Over time the sense that something is amiss grows. As his curiosity deepens Paul brings to light dark secrets that set in motion a compelling and deadly set of events. Conceived as an opportunity for the Lak to tell their stories in their way, Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors' Tales was shot over several years and takes its structure from the traditional mythologies of the region. Unlike most films based on the lives of traditional communities that are told from the point of view of an outsider this film adopts indigenous narrative structures and presents a collaborative account that privileges local points of view and the Lak ethos. Order from the Documentary Educational Resources website, or by calling the office at 617-926-0491 or toll-free at 800-569-662.
by L. Cashman
Monday, July 22, 2013
Smokin’ Fish: A Film by Luke Griswold-Tergis and Cory Mann 0 L. Cashman From Documentary Education Resources:Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska.  He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin' Fish tells the story of one man's attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.   Order from the Documentary Educational Resources website, or by calling the office at 617-926-0491 or toll-free at 800-569-662.
by L. Cashman
Monday, July 22, 2013
Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology 42:2 (2012) out now 0 L. Cashman Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology - Vol. 42:2 2012 is now available:Print version: issue: Imagined Families in Mobile WorldsAbstractThough a seemingly stable concept in ethnological work, "family" as a lived reality took and takes on innumerable forms shaped by economic pressures, mobility and attendant social transformations, and biotechnical interventions. The case studies in this special issue focus on the ways in which social actors seek to concretize as well as control what family could or should be.While (bio-)technological innovation proves vital to fulfill traditional imaginaries of a nuclear family, communication technology is a key to keep transnationally situated families in contact. Still, transnational work opportunities conflict with traditional imaginaries of the wholesome families and impact particularly women seeking to cross both borders and established family norms. Popular genealogy as a hobby and passion uncovers evidence that counters established narratives: instead of long-term sedentary family lineages, evidence of migration muddies the waters. Family metaphor, finally, serves, in one of the case studies, as a vocabulary to materialize imaginary kinship ties among nuns. The five case studies are complemented by four commentaries, exploring paths along which these themes can be developed further.Table of contentsKaren Körber and Ina Merkel:Imagined Families in Mobile Worlds. An IntroductionKaren Körber:So Far and yet so Near. Present-Day Transnational FamiliesGertrud Hüwelmeier:"The Daughters have Grown Up". Transnational Motherhood, Migration and Gender among Catholic Nuns"Elisabeth Timm:Grounding the Family. Locality and its Discontents in Popular GenealogySabine Hess:How Gendered is the European Migration Regime? A Feminist Analysis of the Anti-Trafficking ApparatusMagdalena Radkowska-Walkowicz:Who is Afraid of Frankenstein? Polish Debate on In-Vitro FertilizationCommentsMarie Sandberg:Karol's KingdomBeatriz Lindqvist:From Accompanying Family Member to Active Subject. Critical Perspectives on Transnational MigrationKarin Lützen:Immigration - and SecretsLaura Stark:The Materiality of the Imagined Family
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants 0 R. Vanscoyoc Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First ImmigrantsBy Joanna BrooksUniversity of Minnesota Press | 224 pages | 2013ISBN 978-0-8166-8125-9 | jacketed cloth | $22.95Joanna Brooks reveals the harsh realities behind seventeenth- and eighteenth-century working-class English emigration—and dismantles the idea that these immigrants were drawn to America as a land of opportunity. Brooks follows American folk ballads back across the Atlantic, uncovering an archaeology of the worldviews of America’s earliest immigrants and a haunting historical perspective on the ancestors we thought we knew.PRAISE FOR WHY WE LEFT:"Why We Left draws creatively on early folk ballads of England and America to make a surprising, bold, and altogether brilliant contribution to our understanding of why people crossed the Atlantic to live in a strange new world. Haunting voices sing to us across the centuries a rich and disturbing ‘history from below.’" —Marcus Rediker, author of The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom"Joanna Brooks compellingly recreates the lives of British peasants who came to the New World.  She traces their collective memories through the folk ballads sung by their descendants and collected diligently by scholars and revivalists. Riveting, harrowing, Why We Left will forever change the way we listen to ‘folk music.’" —Charles McGovern, William and MaryABOUT THE AUTHOR:Joanna Brooks is professor and chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. She has authored or edited five books on early American literature, history, and culture, including American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures and Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions. She is also the author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith.For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book's webpage:
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, June 28, 2013
People of African descent in Europe 0 r. lotz  There does not seem to be a forum on Black Studies or Black Americana? 'Black Europe' – a 44-CD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with two 300-page hardcover books, a total of 1,244 tracks. Total playing time approx. 56 hrs and 30 mns. Now, after several years in the making, the set will finally be available to the public in October.   The edition will be strictly limited to 500 copies, worldwide. All orders received prior to August 1, 2013 will get an individually numbered copy.   Please, note: Subscription price, valid until December 31, 2013: € 499.00 incl. free shipping worldwide Regular price: € 750.00    You may view sample pages on this website:   Tel. +49 (0) 4748 8216 0 Fax.: +49 (0) 4748 8216 20   email:   What is it about? Black men and women – long present in Europe – have been overlooked as pioneering personalities in modern mass media. From the early years of the recording industry, people of African descent were featured on European phonograph cylinders, gramophone discs and in movies and still images. Their music, speech and dance, in all styles, categories, and languages provide a rich resource.   In more than 100 chapters Black Europe will be documenting and chronicling evidence of some 2,000 recordings and 200 films.  This scattered and almost forgotten treasury runs from the 1880s to the late 1920s and the invention of the microphone. Rare originals have been lovingly restored using modern technology. Black Europe includes biographies of hundreds of individuals – politicians, performers, actors and entertainers - from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe who were active in Europe. Their biographies are illustrated with a treasure trove of documents, official photos and family pictures, as well as contemporary sheet music, concert posters and promotional flyers and postcards.  The majority of the rare sound recordings included with the book are made available for the first time in a modern format, and will provide fresh insights into black entertainment, the prehistory of jazz, the colonial era, and African languages and cultures. Original recording sheets and hundreds of pictures showing cylinders and gramophone record labels illustrate the beginnings of the 20th century record business. The vast majority of the sound recordings in this set is made available for the first time. From African-Americans comes an aural kaleidoscope of entertainers and music from the last days of minstrelsy through ragtime and music hall artists to string bands, spirituals, and the early days of jazz in Europe, including the earliest examples of stride piano and rhythm scat singing, and some of the first records made anywhere of African-American folk music practices. Historians of jazz and blues have for the first time the opportunity to hear the complete output of the African-American string bands which recorded in London in the teens, the pioneering multi-racial recordings of Vorzanger’s Band and the Queens’ Dance Orchestra, and the complete Paris recordings of Mitchell’s Jazz Kings. From Africans come ethnological and commercial recordings of African languages and folk tales, religious music on both African and European models, and recordings of the popular music of the 1920s. Also documented is the involvement of those born in Europe of African descent in the wider culture of the African diaspora. Each track is profusely documented in the discographical data that comes with each chapter.    Dr Rainer E. LotzRotdornweg 8153177 BonnGermany Email: rainer-lotz (at)
by r. lotz
Monday, June 17, 2013
New release: Tradition in the 21st Century: Locating the Role of the Past.. 0 L. Cashman Tradition in the 21st CenturyLocating the Role of the Past in the Present by Trevor J. Blank & Robert Glenn Howard, eds   In Tradition in the Twenty-First Century, eight diverse' contributors explore the role of tradition in contemporary folkloristics. For more than a century, folklorists have been interested in locating sources of tradition and accounting for the conceptual boundaries of tradition, but in the modern era, expanded means of communication, research, and travel, along with globalized cultural and economic interdependence, have complicated these pursuits. Tradition is thoroughly embedded in both modern life and at the center of folklore studies, and a modern understanding of tradition cannot be fully realized without a thoughtful consideration of the pastýs role in shaping the present. Emphasizing how tradition adapts, survives, thrives, and either mutates or remains stable in today's modern world, the contributors pay specific attention to how traditions now resist or expedite dissemination and adoption by individuals and communities. This complex and intimate portrayal of tradition in the twenty-first century offers a comprehensive overview of the folkloristic and popular conceptualizations of tradition from the past to present and presents a thoughtful assessment and projection of how "tradition" will fare in years to come. The book will be useful to advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in folklore and will contribute significantly to the scholarly literature on tradition within the folklore discipline. ISBN: 978-0-87421-899-2Pages: 256Illustrations: 3 b&w photos, 1 figurePaper, $27.95 Adobe Digital Edition Ebook, $22.00  Order now at, iBook, Nook and other ebook editions are also available. Please purchase directly from your preferred ebook outlet.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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