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New Book by Ron Johnson: "North Florida Folk Music: History & Tradition" 0 A. Intern The History Press has published Ron Johnson’s new book, "North Florida Folk Music: History & Tradition." Author and musician, Johnson shares stories and insights into the folk music of North Florida and those who define the tradition. To read the full description and reviews of the book, visit: The History Press.
by A. Intern
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Harvard Business Review Blog Article on Marketing and Folklorists 0 A. Intern A blog post by Patti Sanchez on Harvard Business Review makes the case for hiring folklorists in the corporate setting. Titled "Why Marketing Needs to Hire a Corporate Folklorist,” Sanchez discusses the role of corporate historians and the skills folklorists can bring to marketing. Sanchez writes, "a corporate folklorist’s work goes beyond documenting innovations, entertaining visitors, or even building a culture. It’s also about promoting a common understanding of the organization’s values and purpose.” For the full article, visit:
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Celebrating 40 Years: Audio from the 1974 North Carolina Folklife Festival 0 A. Intern The North Carolina Folklife Institute kicked of the 40th anniversary of the first NC statewide folklife festival on July 4-5th by sponsoring traditional arts at the Festival for the Eno River in Durham, North Carolina. As part of the festivities celebrating the 40th anniversary, the North Carolina Folklife Institute also shared audio from the very first North Carolina Folklife Festival in 1974. Aaron Smithers of the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC helped track down the audio. Clips may be found here: For more details regarding the Festival for the Eno River, visit the Facebook page for event: For early festival photographs from previous years, also visit the North Carolina Folklife Institute’s Facebook page:
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Monday, July 14, 2014
New Publication on Asian American Folklore Edited by Lee and Nadeau 0 A. Intern Edited by Jonathan H. X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life probes the intersection, interplay, and interconnection of Asian and Asian American folklore and folklife in globally fluid and culturally creative landscapes among Asian American communities and subjects. Jonathan H. X. Lee is associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. He is the editor of Cambodian American Experiences: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and Identities and co-editor with Kathleen M. Nadeau of the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife.Kathleen M. Nadeau is professor of anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino. She is the author of Liberation Theology in the Philippines: Faith in a Revolution, The History of the Philippines, and co-editor with Jonathan H. X. Lee of the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. To read the full description and reviews of the book, visit:
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Friday, July 11, 2014
New Mythology Textbook to be Edited by Tok Thompson and Greg Schrempp 0 A. Intern On May 7, 2014, Tok Thompson and Greg Schrempp met at the Folklore Institue with Charles Cavaliere of Oxford University Press to sign a contract for a new mythology textbook entitled The Truth of Myth:  World Mythologies in Theory and in Everyday Life.  This is planned as the anchor text for a series of case studies in world mythologies that will be co-edited by Thompson and Schrempp.  Visit:
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Friday, July 11, 2014
New Book by Jason Whitesel: Fat Gay Men 0 A. Intern NYU Press has published Jason Whitesel’s new book, Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma. Whitesel is Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University, and an Ohio State University alum. In Fat Gay Men, Jason Whitesel delves into the world of Girth & Mirth, a nationally known social club dedicated to big gay men, illuminating the ways in which these men form identities and community in the face of adversity. To read the full description and reviews of the book, visit: /* 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-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}
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Monday, June 30, 2014
UPC/USUP Fall and Winter 2014 Catalog Now Accessible Online 0 A. Intern The University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press have released their Fall and Winter 2014 digital catalog. The catalog provides details on upcoming titles in archaeology, anthropology, folklore, history, literature, natural history, poetry and writing studies.
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Monday, June 30, 2014
500 New Fairytales Discovered in Germany 0 A. Intern A collection of 500 fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth has been discovered in an archive in Regensburg, Germany. For more information on this discovery, visit
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Monday, June 30, 2014
Journal "Folklore" Offering Free Access to Virtual Special Issues in July 0 R. Vanscoyoc From Routledge Press—Enjoy free online access to all virtual special issues from Folklore until the end of July!From the Arthurian tradition, religion and the afterlife to the representation of women during the Second World War, these virtual special issues offer an introduction to the broad range of topics that the journal covers. To help you explore the journal we have made the entire collection of virtual special issues FREE to access online for a limited period until 31st July 2014. Just click on the link above. 
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge Winners Announced 0 A. Intern The winning entries of the Junior Folklorist Challenge—created by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and ePals, an educational media company—have now gone up on the ePals web site, along with an interactive map of the world showing all entries. This was the first year of this Challenge, and the hope is to discuss getting state/regional/international folklorists involved next year.Visit the site at, and vote for your favorite winner for the ePals Choice Award!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
NY Times Features Joseph Sciorra's Italian-American Planter Documentation 0 A. Intern On June 11, the NY Times featured an article on the Italian-American decorative technique that uses pebbles to cover planters and flowerpots, and Joseph Sciorra’s documentation of this technique in New York City. To read the full article, visit: For more information about this work, visit Sciorra’s blog:
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Tarpon Springs' Greektown Recognized as Florida's First TCP 0 A. Intern On June 2, the National Park Service added the Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District in Pinellas County to the National Register of Historic Places—the state’s first Traditional Cultural Property listing. The District had previously been deemed eligible for NR listing by Florida’s National Register Review Board onFebruary 21.Tarpon Springs’ Greektown District, which includes hundreds of buildings (residential, religious, maritime, and commercial), the sponge dock, and about a dozen sponge boats, preserves a strong ethnic and maritime character. It is also one of the nation’s few non-Native American districts nominated on the basis of its cultural integrity.The state is now planning to promote this new status to the cultural tourism industry, so not only are there good potential preservation but also economic outcomes.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Arkansas Made Living Treasure Film Series 0 A. Intern The Arkansas Arts Council has partnered with Historic Arkansas Museum and their Arkansas Made project, to produce documentary films of the Arkansas Living Treasure recipients. ALTA, awarded by the arts council, is an annual award to a traditional craft artist worthy of recognition for excellence in their art form and for efforts in continuing the craft through outreach and teaching. Eleven of the thirteen films have been produced and the public screening took place at the Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock. For more information, and the view the videos, visit:
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Living Tradition Magazine Features Article by Lisa Null 0 A. Intern The most recent issue of Living Tradition, a British magazine for those interested in the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, England and with less emphasis, North America, features an autobiographical article on the American folk revival by Elisabeth Null. Although this well-produced magazine generally limits the reading of articles to subscribers, they have generously posted Null’s on their website as a means of expanding interest in Living Tradition among Americans. Toward the end of the article, Null points out a few of the differing characteristics between British and American revival performers, as she knew them during her heavy touring days in the late seventies/early eighties. The article also demonstrates how some revivalists use traditional or traditionally-rooted folksong today. Observations were in response to questions Null was asked, and draw from her own experience rather than any sort of disciplined research.  To view the article, visit  Any feedback is welcome; contact Elisabeth Higgins Null at 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* 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-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
New Volume on Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts Edited by Luisa Del Giudice 0 R. Vanscoyoc The extraordinary Watts Towers were created over the course of three decades by a determined, single-minded artist, Sabato Rodia, a highly remarkable Italian immigrant laborer who wanted to do "something big.” Now a National Historic Landmark and internationally renowned destination, the Watts Towers in Los Angeles are both a personal artistic expression and a collective symbol of Nuestro Pueblo—Our Town/Our People. Featuring fresh and innovative examinations that mine deeper and broader than ever before, Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts is a much anticipated revisitation of the man and his towers.In 1919, Sabato Rodia purchased a triangular plot of land in a multiethnic, working-class, semi-rural district. He set to work on an unusual building project in his own yard. By night, Rodia dreamed and excogitated, and by day he built. He experimented with form, color, texture, cement mixtures, and construction techniques. He built, tore down, and re-built. As an artist completely possessed by his work, he was often derided as an incomprehensible crazy man.Providing a multifaceted, holistic understanding of Rodia, the towers, and the cultural/social/physical environment within which the towers and their maker can be understood, Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts compiles essays from twenty authors, offering perspectives from the arts, the communities involved in the preservation and interpretation of the towers, and the academy. Most of the contributions originated at two interdisciplinary conferences held in Los Angeles and in Italy: "Art & Migration: Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts, Los Angeles” and "The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development.”The Watts Towers are wondrous objects of art and architecture as well as the expression and embodiment of the resolve of a singular artistic genius to do something great. But they also recount the heroic civic efforts (art and social action) to save them, both of which continue to this day to evoke awe and inspiration. SabatoRodia’s Towers in Watts presents a well-rounded tribute to one man’s tenacious labor of love.A portion of royalties from this book will go to support the work of the Watts Towers Arts Center.Visit for more information. 
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Louisiana Folklife Day Proclaimed by Lt Governor 0 R. Vanscoyoc Lt Governor Jay Dardenne has proclaimed Wednesday, June 4 as Louisiana Folklife Day to recognize the importance of Louisiana’s living traditions. Louisiana is celebrated worldwide for its unique traditions as reflected in its food, music, dance, celebration and crafts.   "Every one and every group has folklife,” explained Teresa Parker Farris, chair of the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Learned informally over time, folklife exists within all of Louisiana’s ethnic, regional, occupational, and family groups.   The Louisiana Folklife program’s newly expanded website, Folklife in Louisiana, presents the state’s regional and ethnic folklife in virtual books, including the new Delta Pieces: Northeast Louisiana Folklife; virtual exhibitions, including A Better Life for All: Traditional Arts of Louisiana’s Immigrant Communities, and hundreds of research essays, photographs, video, and audio components. The related Louisiana Voices Educator’s Guide, draws upon this state folklife scholarship to provide rich teaching resources and methods for all educational levels on Louisiana folk arts and culture.   The Lt. Governor will read the proclamation in front of the Creole State Exhibit located in Ackal Hall of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge at 2 pm on June 4, 2014 with the Louisiana Folklife Commission in attendance. The exhibit features traditional crafts from throughout the state and was made possible by Lt Governor Jay Dardenne and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, June 02, 2014
Arizona Daily Star Praises Folklorist Big Jim Griffith's Blog 0 R. Vanscoyoc Click here to read the article.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, April 14, 2014
Graduate Journal of Food Studies Launched 0 L. Cashman Greetings Food Scholars,It is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the first edition of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies<>. Inside you will find some tremendous work from graduate students in the interdisciplinary field of food studies. This premier issue features four original, peer-reviewed research essays on diverse food-related subjects and the three engaging reviews of books challenging the way we think about food.The journal will be accepting submissions for the second edition for another couple months. If you have, or have students who have, a food-related research project in the works or have one recently completed I encourage you take a look at the guidelines<>. Moreover, we'll be looking for graduate student participants to peer-review as well, so if you would like to contribute your editing skills to journal we'd be thrilled to have you. Keep a look out in the coming months for more information and feel free to reach out to me directly.Many of the members of the journal's advisory board are also members of this list-serv and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them publically for their support. It has made this journal possible.Best,Brad JonesEditor-in-ChiefGraduate Journal of Food Studies<>
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
New Publication on Musical Participation 0 I. Russell Aberdeen University Press has been relaunched with a publication that contains several articles with folkloric focuses.Taking Part in Music: Case Studies in Ethnomusicology, Elphinstone Institute Occasional Publications 9, ed. by Ian Russell and Catherine Ingram (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, in association with the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, 2013), viii+352pp.  ISBN 978-1-85752-001-9. Further details, contact: .
by I. Russell
Thursday, March 27, 2014
International Committee of Museums of Ethnography Releases New Book 0 R. Vanscoyoc The International Committee for Museums of Ethnography (ICME), an international committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), is proud to announce a new book, Museums and Truth, edited by Annette B. Fromm, Viv Golding, and Per B. Rekdal. Museums are usually seen as arenas for the authorised presentations of reality, based on serious, professional knowledge. Yet, in spite of the impossibility of giving anything but a highly abstract and extremely selective impression in an exhibition, very few museums problematize this or discuss their priorities with their public. They don’t ask “what are the other truths of the matter?” Though the essays in this collection are not written with museums and truth as their explicit subject, they highlight contested truths, the absence of the truth of the underprivileged, whether one truth is more worthy than the other, and whether lesser truths can dilute the value of greater truths. One of the articles included here lets youngsters choose which truth is most probable or just, while another talks about an exhibition where the public must choose which truth to adhere to before entering. One shows how a political change gives a new opportunity to finally restore valuable truths of the past to the present, and another describes the highly dangerous task of making museums and memorials for the truths of the oppressed. Lastly, one explores whether we live in a period where the sources for authorized truths are fragmented and questioned, and asks, what should the consequences for museums be? To learn more, go to
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, March 03, 2014

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