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3/28/15, Purdue: Fieldwork: Jayme Stone with The Lomax Project Residency 0 L. Cashman Fieldwork: Jayme Stone with The Lomax Project ResidencySaturday, March 28 / 8:00 PMPurdue University
by L. Cashman
Monday, January 12, 2015
Lecture: Heritage vs. Capabilities in Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Marrakech 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Ohio State University's Center for Folklore Studies presents a conversation with coffee and carbohydrates. Newly-minted OSU PhD in Music Thomas Beardslee will discuss his dissertation research on "Heritage vs. Capabilities in Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Marrakech." Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:00–11:30 AM Mershon Center 120 1501 Neil Ave. The Jemaa el Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where locals and tourists gather day and night to watch a wide variety of street performers, became ground zero for UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage agenda in 1997 when the novelist Juan Goytisolo became concerned about a proposed redevelopment and called up his old friend Federico Mayor Zaragoza to suggest that old buildings were not the only kind of culture UNESCO should protect. Since then, ICH has become a dominant global approach to the maintenance of cultural diversity. Tom Beardslee will talk about the emergent order of the square as performers negotiate the space with one another, how implementation of ICH has affected both the life of the square and performer livelihoods, and how the capability approach, enunciated by Amartya Sen as an alternative to economic development policy, suggests alternatives. With this informal event, we inaugurate a collaboration between the Center for Folklore Studies, the Department of Linguistics, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies: the Mershon Research Network in Cultural Resilience. We will meet again in late May and once more in August to discuss readings on resilience and on capabilities, looking for alternative conceptual framings that might allow us to think clearly about the conditions under which traditional culture and small languages  can thrive, and how--or whether--that thriving is correlated to human wellbeing. On September 5th and 6th we'll hold a conference, "Sustainable Pluralism: Linguistic and Cultural Resilience in Multiethnic Societies." Although we are not sure where this conversation will end up  (the resilience framework poses its own pitfalls) we are interested in breaking out of the identity jail set up by the heritage approach. Too often the global conversation can imagine no contemporary modes of difference beyond tourism and terrorism. The network builds on Ohio State's deep expertise in the cultural and political dynamics of plural societies, calling on ground-level perspectives to invigorate a tired policy debate. Researchers in any discipline and especially graduate students are especially invited to participate. For further information please contact coordinators Brian Joseph ( or Dorothy Noyes (
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, April 28, 2014
MSU Museum Exhibit Showcases National Heritage Fellows 0 R. Vanscoyoc Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts, an exhibit highlighting a number of National Heritage Fellows and their contributions to American culture, will be running at the Michigan State University Museum through December 20. For more on the exhibit, visit
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
9/18-21/13, Indiana: Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame/Uncle Pen Days 0 L. Cashman Bluegrass festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana. For more information, see the attached flyer.
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 12, 2013
Rural By Design Lecture Series at Kenyon College, April 1-6, 2013 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Rural Life Center at Kenyon College, directed by folklorist-sociologist Howard Sacks, is sponsoring Rural By Design, a series of lectures, discussions, performances, and other activities on the subject of rural sustainability. The series will take place on the Kenyon campus in Gambier, Ohio, about an hour's drive northeast of Columbus, on April 1-6. All events are free and open to the public. Event topics include An Amish Perspective on Rural Sustainability, Government Policy and Rural Sustainability, and Rural Sustainability Around the Globe, among others. For more information, visit
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
4/12-13/13 OH: Global Human Rights, Sexualities, Vulnerabilities Symposium 0 L. Cashman  Global Human Rights, Sexualities, Vulnerabilities Symposium  April 12-13, 2013The Ohio State UniversityOhio Union, Multicultural Center, Suite 1000Keynote Address, April 12, 2013 (4:30-6:00, reception following)Professor Jasbir Puar "Bodies with New Organs: Becoming Trans, Becoming Disabled”Full-Day Symposium, April 13, 2013 (9:00-6:00, reception following)The symposium brings into critical conversation the fields of queer studies, disability studies, and human rights, with particular attention to how the discourse of human rights maps vulnerability onto certain bodies—but not others--and how these bodies take on the burden of representation in domestic and international politics and law.  The symposium consists of four panels, each consisting of three speakers, and a featured luncheon speaker.All events are open to the public. Early registration is encouraged. Registration is free. Registrants will receive on-line access to panelists’ papers one week prior to the event.Full conference program and registration information are available at: by the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies; College of Arts and Science; Department of English; Disability Studies; DISCO; Humanities Institute (Human Rights Working Group); Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Mershon International Center; Project Narrative; Sexuality Studies; and Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.For questions please contact event organizers Wendy S. Hesford ( or Amy Shuman (
by L. Cashman
Monday, February 11, 2013
12/1/12, Chicago: Sones de Mexico Ensemble concert and light show 0 L. Cashman 12/1/12, Chicago: Sones de Mexico Ensemble concert and light show
by L. Cashman
Monday, November 12, 2012
Lindow on the Old Norse Imaginary, 11/16 at Ohio State University 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and The Center for Folklore Studies will present The Sixth Annual Francis Lee Utley Lecture entitled Maimed Bodies and Broken Systems in the Old Norse Imaginary by Dr. John Lindow from the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, November 16th, 2012 from 3:00PM-4:30PM in the Science and Engineering Library 090.The lecture will be followed by light refreshments and extended discussion with our guest speaker and is part of the 2012-2012 CMRS Lecture Series: Disabilities and Abilities in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.More information coming soon, we hope many of you will be able to attend!
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, November 12, 2012
Two-Act Play about Civil Rights Movement Premiers in Evansville, IN 0 R. Vanscoyoc The premiere of a two-act play based on the civil rights movement in 1964 will be presented Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18 at the Evansville Civic Theater Annex in the Washington Square Mall. Saturday performances will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday shows will start at 2 p.m. "Jubilee in the Rear View Mirror” is written by Garret Mathews, retired metro columnist for the Evansville Courier & Press. Admission is $12. A free educational pre-show will be offered 45 minutes before each production that will feature varied exhibits to include videotaped interviews with four African-Americans from Evansville who talk about what it was like to grow up under segregation. For more information, go to The drama is set in the fictional town of Jubilee, Miss., during Freedom Summer when hundreds of activists headed South to register African-American voters and to desegregate schools, bus stations and businesses. Beatings and arrests were common. The Montgomery, AL-based Southern Poverty Law Center lists more than 40 murders during the 1950s and ‘60s, including several at the hands of local law enforcement. "In the play, a young black civil rights worker from the North finds himself in a cell with a white racist who is behind bars for beating his wife,” Mathews says. "The background comes from dozens of interviews I conducted with men and women of both races who risked their lives to challenge the deeply-rooted segregationist social and political structure in the South in the 1960s. "Before pressure was brought to bear, black children in department stores were not allowed to try on new shoes,” Mathews goes on. "Salesmen traced the edges of their old shoes onto butcher paper and fetched an approximate fit from inventory. Many African-Americans who attempted to vote were fired from their jobs by white employers. Some had their homes fire-bombed by the Ku Klux Klan.”
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Role of Women in Development, Featuring Nigerian Farmer Susan Godwin 0 R. Vanscoyoc Round Meeting Room, The Ohio Union Friday, October 12, 2012 at 3PM Come join Oxfam America for a talk and discussion on the power of women in development! Susan Godwin, a smallholder farmer from Nigeria who has also been recognized as the 2012 Female Food Hero in Nigeria, will be blessing us with a discussion of her experiences living and farming in Nigeria. The mother of five children, she lives and works in the village of Tunduadabu, where she grows groundnuts, cassava, millet, maize and yams. Along with other farmers in her community, Susan faces challenges such as changing market demand for products, low prices offered by middlemen buyers, and weak institutional support for smallholder farmers. Through participation in an Oxfam agricultural program, she learned new farming techniques, formed saving and lending groups, and became a leader in her community, increasing the value of her farm and leading to her starting a business which employed three other women. For more, check out her bio: There will be drinks and snacks! See the Facebook event page at
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, October 08, 2012
10/3/2012 OSU: Donald Haase Lecture 0 L. Cashman The OSU Center for Folklore Studies and the Department of English will proudly present a lecture on "The History and Future of Fairy-Tale Studies" by Professor Donald Haase on October 3rd, 2012 at 4:00PM in 311 Denney Hall.
by L. Cashman
Monday, October 01, 2012
9/21/12 IN: Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public Service 0 L. Cashman Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana UniversityResearch Colloquium Series Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public ServiceFriday, September 213:30 - 5:00 pm Performance and Lecture Hall800 N. Indiana Ave.Bloomington, IN A joint presentation by Brent Björkman, Director of the Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University, and Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University. Public folklorists often work to document, support and serve the needs of various cultural groups and "traditional” artists. Frequently connected to arts agencies, museums or other government sponsored organizations, these scholars employed in the public sphere regularly engage in preservation, conservation and presentation projects that share diverse cultural expressions with constituents. In recent years there has been a move of folklore programs once tied to state-sponsored institutions to new homes within universities. In this talk, Kay and Björkman will discuss this trend and share their experiences as folklorists who have worked in a variety of nonprofit, government and academic settings. Everyone Welcome! Questions:
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
5/3-4: Good Works in Central America... 0 L. Cashman  May 3-4, 2012 Good Works in Central America: Interrogating North American Voluntary Service Mershon Center for International Security Studies 1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201  Keynote presentation byFather Fernando Cardenal"Priest in the Revolution: A Lifetime of Service to Youth in Poverty"
Thursday, May 3, 
4:30 - 6 p.m. Please register for the keynote presentation by visiting Eventbrite. Open Forum on International Service 
Friday, May 4,
 2 - 5 p.m.

To RSVP for the conference, email Kyle McCray at
Website link: 
: Katherine Borland, Associate Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University 

: Short-term delegations to Central America for the purpose of providing material aid, assisting with grassroots development, or offering direct service have proliferated in the last four decades. This conference critically examines travel-for-service and the micro-politics of encounters between privileged visitors (professionals, politically motivated groups, service-learning programs) and impoverished third-world communities they visit, as well as the larger implications of poverty relief efforts organized outside of and sometimes in opposition to existing national and international institutions. Such projects promise solutions to seemingly entrenched problems in poorer nations through virtuous vigorous action. Yet in actuality, the dynamics of cosmopolitan interaction are complex. This conference will provide an opportunity for students and faculty interested or already engaged in international service to reflect upon their motives, practices, and experiences and to consider not only their immediate accomplishments but the longer-term implications of the kind of citizen-diplomacy they aspire to enact. The keynote speaker, Nicaragua's Father Fernando Cardenal, has committed his life to direct service to the poor within the framework of a religious vocation and training, more specifically, liberation theology. In 1980, he directed Nicaragua's National Literacy Crusade, an internationally acclaimed voluntary effort to teach reading and writing to rural and underserved populations, organized through the revolutionary state as a nationalist project. The academic speakers come from a variety of positions within the university but share a concern for reflection and the identification of "best practices." They have all either volunteered with or facilitated volunteer missions/delegations.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
5/18-19/12: Tales of Trickery, Tales of Endurance: Gender, Performance, & P 0 L. Cashman The Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH invites you to Tales of Trickery, Tales of Endurance: Gender, Performance, and Politics in the Islamic World and Beyond A Conference in Honor of Margaret Mills Friday-Saturday, May 18-19, 2012 The Mershon Center for International Security Studies 1501 Neil Avenue Organized by the Center for Folklore Studies and generously supported by the Divsion of Arts and Humanities;the Mershon Center for International Security Studies; the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Center for the Study of Religion; and the Middle East Studies Center. Professor Margaret Ann Mills, retiring in June 2012 from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, has made major contributions to the study of women’s oral narrative, traditional pedagogies, women in contemporary Afghanistan, and the folklore of the Persian-speaking world and South Asia. She has helped us to think about the rhetorical dimension of oral traditions; the gendering of religious experience; the traditional public sphere; how literacies and pedagogies are mobilized to form political identities; how individual and collective expressive repertoires respond to war and displacement. This conference assembles some of her former students and longterm colleagues to discuss new developments in these lines of research.For the schedule and further information see . To RSVP for the conference, please email Elo-Hanna Seljamaa at Please help us by specifying your attendance at Friday's lunch, Friday's reception-dinner, and/or Saturday's lunch. Thank you!
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
5/5/12: Gerard Baker, Launching the Ancient Ohio Trail 0 L. Cashman March 23, 2012- Newark, OH- Be among the first to explore the Ancient Ohio Trail, a dynamic, web-based guide to Ohio’s earthworks! Bring your smart phones and curiosity to the Great Circle at Newark Earthworks State Memorial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. The keynote speaker, Gerard Baker, Ph.D., is the first American Indian (Mandan-Hidatsa) to serve as superintendent of a National Park, and will help to launch the Ancient Ohio Trail. The day’s events are free and open to the public.The Ancient Ohio Trail focuses on the distinguished Native American heritage across Ohio and traces early settlement in the region. Travelers –whether virtual or on location- will gain rewarding insights from visits to the ancient earthworks, and will discover Ohio’s historic towns, scenic roads, and many distinctive cultural, artistic, and tourist amenities. It combines detailed site tours with vivid, computer-generated animations and downloadable media that allow viewers to experience the full scope, beauty, and precision of these monuments.The Ancient Ohio Trail is a project of the Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historic and Archaeological Sites (CERHAS), and was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Richard Shiels, Ph.D., director of the NEC and associate professor of history at The Ohio State University at Newark and John Hancock, Ph.D., director of CERHAS and professor of architectural history at University of Cincinnati led the project; Hancock will present an overview of the Ancient Ohio Trail.Staff from CERHAS and volunteers will be on hand to assist guests with the technology. In addition to learning about the Ancient Ohio Trail, attendees will enjoy atlatl, a polo demonstration, displays, and an open house in the Licking County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Visitor Center.This event launches an "Ancient Ohio Summer,” which will provide activities at the featured Ancient Ohio Trail sites. See the website for a complete list, which is also noted below.Newark Earthworks State Memorial is located on Rt. 79 in Heath, Ohio.For more information, visit the AOT website:, or contact the Newark Earthworks Center at 740.364.9584or Newark Earthworks Center is an official center of The Ohio State University.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
5/10/12: Jennifer Shacker, Cross-Dressed Tales: French Fairy Tales & Englis 0 L. Cashman At The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio:The Center for Folklore Studies presentsCross-Dressed Tales: French Fairy Tales and English Pantomimea lecture by Jennifer Schacker (University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada)Tuesday, May 104:00-6:00 pm 311 Denney HallJennifer Schacker is Associate Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Her recent research and writing has been focused on French fairy tales in England, particularly as they were transformed into the bawdy, rowdy, slapstick art of the Christmas pantomime. She is the author of National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), which won the 2006 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award.Her work in this area has appeared in the Journal of American Folklore, (forthcoming 2012), and in The Individual in Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives (eds. Ray Cashman, Tom Mould, and Pravina Shukla, Indiana University Press, 2011). Her book-length study, Cross-Dressed Tales: French Fairy Tales and the British Pantomime Tradition, brings late 19th-century theatrical uses of the fairy tale into dialogue with the textual history of the genre.With longstanding interest in the histories of handknitting, spinning, and needlecraft, and drawing on her training in ethnographic methods and material culture theory, Schacker is currently laying the groundwork for a study of contemporary craft/DIY movements—with a special emphasis on the role of digital technologies and social networking in modern quilting.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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