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AFS Women's Section award-winning book: Folklore, Gender, & AIDS in Malawi 0 L. Cashman By Anika WilsonI am happy to announce the publication of my book Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi: No Secret Under the Sun (Palgrave Macmillan, Nov. 2013). This book explores rumors, gossip, and urban legends related to AIDS and gender conflict in Malawi with a particular emphasis on women’s perspectives and experiences. This is the first book on AIDS and gender in Africa to draw primarily on such narratives. In fall 2014 it was awarded the Elli Kongas-Maranda Prize from the American Folklore Society’s Women’s Section for pioneering and superior work in "women’s traditional, vernacular, or local culture and/or feminist theory and folklore.”Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/folkloregenderAIDSPlease contact me at awilson@uwm.edu for potential speaking engagements.Table of ContentsChapter 1 IntroductionWomen’s stories express both the strengths and limitations they experience in seeking to collectively mitigate risk of HIV infection and reimagine intimate relationships.Chapter 2 Advice is Good Medicine: Marriage, Advice, and the Comforts of HomeDrawing on a combination of interviews and ethnographic reports from local informants, this chapter explores women’s efforts to secure fidelity with actions directed toward altering their husbands’ extramarital sexual relationships.Chapter 3 Funny, Yet Sorrowful: Narratives of Empowerment and Empathy in Woman and Against Woman StrugglesCommunities harbor the sense that stories of woman against woman confrontations are at once a kind of collective or vicarious catharsis and a shameful, morally questionable opposition of vulnerable woman against vulnerable woman.Chapter 4 "Nobody Fears AIDS, Mphutsi is More Fire”: Disease Rumors in the Age of Aids TreatmentRumors of a new sexually transmitted disease called mphutsi shed light on evolving attitudes about AIDS in a time when drug treatment is more widely available than ever.Chapter 5 Mgoneko: Magical Rape, Media Panic, and Gender-Based ViolencePopular urban legends about night sorcerers who use charms to seduce women speak to a gendered experience of helplessness and vulnerability and dramatize the media-fed notion of a gender battle sparked by international human rights organizations.PRAISE:"No Secret seeks to shift attention … to the actual stories told by real people (in this case by Malawians) in the course of their often difficult lives.  The narratives focused on are those turning on love, sexuality, marriage and gender relations in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and generally economically stressed circumstances  … Rather than portraying Malawians as ‘victims’ in the face of penury and disease, [Wilson] seeks to decipher the ways people ‘actively craft responses’ to those conditions.”--Pauline Peters, JFK School of Government Harvard University
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February 2015 Issue of Museum Magazine "ExpoTime!" Available Online 0 R. Vanscoyoc   View the latest issue at http://www.museum-aktuell.de/expoTime/eTime/ExpoTime!-2015-02/index.html.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Cultural Analysis Volume 12 Now Available 0 R. Vanscoyoc   The latest issue of Cultural Analysis, a free online journal by the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), is now available at http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~caforum/about.html.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Issue 3 (February 2015) of Déjà Lu Available Online 0 R. Vanscoyoc   The latest issue of Déjà Lu, a publication of the World Council of Anthropological Associations, is now available online at http://www.wcaanet.org/dejalu/index.html.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Kristin Catherwood, "Untangling tangible and intangible cultural heritage" 0 L. Cashman Kristin Catherwood, "Untangling tangible and intangible cultural heritage," The StarPhoenix (February 14, 2015), http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Untangling+tangible+intangible+cultural+heritage/10814433/story.html
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies 16:2 available 0 L. Cashman Issue 16:2 of The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies has now been published online, with print copies coming soon: http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/POM/issue/current The publisher does charge for articles (but try to see if your library can get them), although book reviews are free downloads. Contents "Deepening Conversations between Ritual Studies and Pagan Studies;” 
Michelle Mueller"Becoming a Virtual Pagan: ‘Conversion’ or Identity Construction?”
 James R. Lewis"Prevalence and Importance of Contemporary Pagan Practices,”
 Gwendolyn Reece"The Search for ‘Meaning': Occult Redefinitions and the Internet," Morandir Armson"Healing Community: Pagan Cultural Models and Experiences in Seeking Well-Being," 
Kimberly D. KirnerBook reviews by Melissa Harrington, Jason Mankey, Daniel Foor, Christopher Chase, Ronald Hutton, and Sarah Veale. Chas S. Clifton, editor The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/POM/index
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Free Trial of Yale's Human Relations Area Files Database 0 R. Vanscoyoc   The eHRAF databases, produced by the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University, are unique in that they facilitate comparisons of cultures by subsistence, including:  Hunter-gatherers Pastoralists Horticulturalists Intensive agriculturalists Ideas for teaching and researching subsistence types using the eHRAF databases can be found on HRAF's home page (Resources tab> Faculty / Researchers). For example, the Explaining Human Culture module on hunter-gatherers highlights the findings of cross-cultural research and is accompanied by classroom exercises. Thanks to many contributions by professors, Teaching eHRAF has a wide variety of online assignments for undergraduate and graduate-level courses. HRAF's home page also provides useful research tools for using the eHRAF databases: sortable and downloadable lists of all the cultures and archaeological traditions; descriptions of subsistence classifications; and methods for refining eHRAF culture results by subsistence type. The image above shows just how uniquely eHRAF processes a search: results appear by region (e.g., Africa), subregion (e.g.,Southern Africa), culture name (e.g., San), and subsistence type (e.g., hunter-gatherers). Uses of eHRAF World Cultures & eHRAF Archaeology for research and teaching include: In-depth study of mostly non-western cultures, ethnic groups, indigenous people, and prehistoric traditions Comparing cultures (past & present) within regions and subregions Worldwide comparisons of societies by subsistence type  Explore the eHRAF databases: http://ehrafworldcultures.yale.edu http://ehrafarchaeology.yale.edu UserN:  hraf83 PassW:  Lozi22 (case sensitive and valid through March 31, 2015)
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Alan Govenar's "Texas in Paris" Opens Off-Broadway 0 L. Cashman Alan Govenar's new musical play "Texas in Paris" opened in its off-Broadway premiere last week, and is running thru March 1.  See www.texasinparis.comSee http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/texas-in-paris_71622.htm for a review
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
"Storytelling for Teaching Languages" videoconference recording available 0 L. Cashman Sent from Eric Miller re: Chennai Storytelling Festival 2015The recording of the Feb. 11, 2015  videoconference conversation about "Storytelling for Teaching Languages" is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9P9DEn5Xms .The videoconference is led by Richard Martin and Eric Miller, co-hosts of the 3rd annual Chennai Storytelling Festival --Chennai Storytelling Festival 2015 (4-15 Feb),"Storytelling for Teaching and Training."The above-described videoconference-webcast was an event in the Festival.The schedule of the remaining seven days of Festival is atwww.storytellinginstitute.org/332.html .Links to descriptions of Festival events are atwww.storytellinginstitute.org/337.html .The Festival Poster is at www.storytellinginstitute.org/35.html .***For online recordings of past similar videoconference-webcasts, please seeVideoconference Discussion about "Storytelling and Healing" (Jan 2014).  Info about, and a link to a recording of, this videoconference is atwww.storytellinginstitute.org/88.htm .Videoconference Discussion about "Dragons and other Monsters," on World Storytelling Day (March 2014).  Info about, and a link to a recording of, this videoconference is at www.storytellinginstitute.org/77.htm .
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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


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