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IUGTE Hosts "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" Conference 0 R. Rini Larson The International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) is hosting an international conference on the topic "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" from December 16-20, 2017 at Retzhof Castle in Lienting, Austria.  The conference meeting is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists. The conference offers the unique opportunity: to exchange experience and share ideas in contemporary performing arts education and training, rehearsal process and performance practice; to become familiar with diverse methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts inspired and formed in the connection with the world traditional heritage; to meet colleagues from all over the world, establish new contacts and lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment. The program includes practical workshops and seminars, performances and works-in-progress, photo and video presentations, interactive lectures, research papers, discussions and other events with the presenters and speakers from all around the world. The conference creates the unique encounter of different arts in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment and offers a great platform for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to find new collaboration partners from all continents! The working language of the conference is English. To read the full conference program or register to attend, visit: http://www.iugte.com/projects/theatretradition.
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, November 27, 2017
"Contact Zones and Border Regions" Conference in Dresden This November 0 R. Rini Larson Since the 1990s, “contact zones” as a concept of cultural science have been widely received and debated. Constituted by mutual exchange and conveyed directly or through media, temporary as well as transformable, they may be situated in a border area defined by a national state, between heterogeneous groups or diverse milieus and disciplines. Which heuristic qualities does the concept offer to investigate the interactions of actors who perceive them-selves as different? The conference examines the analytical potential of the concept with a topical focus on Central European border regions. They will be explored from a historical as well as from a contemporary perspective. An instrument highly sensitive to power, the concept also sharpens the view on the practices of negotiations of representations in museum and film. In the context of the conference, these will be seen as contact zones as well. In a synopsis of the contributions, the inherent logic of the diverse contact zones will be investigated. On the other side, the analytical potential as well as the methodical implications of the concept will be consolidated.   Conference Program (November 23- 24, 2017): Thursday, November 23 10:00am: Welcome Address Peter Wiegand (Provisional Director of the Saxon State Archive – Central State Archive Dresden) Winfried Müller (Managing Director of the Institute of Saxon History and Cultural Anthropology) Section 1 Moderation: Sarah Kleinmann · Dresden 10:30am: “Contact Zones: On Contouring a Concept” Ira Spieker · Dresden 11:15am: “Methodological Principles of Cultural Scientific Border Research or: the Double City as Contact Zone” Dominik Gerst & Hannes Krämer · Frankfurt/Oder 12:00pm: “Eurotown Gubin-Guben as a Laboratory of Contact with ‘Strangers’” Dorota Bazuń & Mariusz Kwiatkowski · Zielona Góra 12:45pm–2:00pm: Lunchtime Break Section 2 Moderation: Arnika Peselmann · Dresden 2:00pm: “Commemorative Cultures in the Resonance Space of Contemporary Music. The History of the European Center for Memory, Education and Culture / Meeting-point Music Messiaen in Zgorzelec” Norbert Haase · Dresden 2:45pm: “Euroregion Glacensis: Cross-border Cooperation and Anxiety in the Czech-Polish Contact Zone” Michal Tošner · Hradec Králové 3:30pm–4:00pm: Coffee Break Section 3 Moderation: Dorota Bazún · Zielona Góra 4:00pm: “Hotel Sudety: Between Commodification and Reconciliation” Hana Daňková · Prag 4:45pm: “Walking in the Czech-German Boderland: Educational Trails as a Materialized Contact Zone” Karolína Pauknerová & Jiří Woitsch · Prag 5:30pm: “Contact Zones in the German-Czech-Polish Border Area – Comparative Perspectives” Sarah Kleinmann & Arnika Peselmann · Dresden   Friday, November 24, 2017 Section 4 Moderation: Hana Daňková · Prag 9:00am: “‘Der Tintenterror der Bürokratie’: Joseph Roth’s Autoethnographic Engagement with Bureaucratic Contact Zones” Kaleigh Bangor · Nashville 9:45am: “Negotation Strategies of Ethnographic Encounters by Camera” Torsten Näser · Göttingen 10:30am–11:00am: Coffee Break Section 5 Moderation: Uta Bretschneider · Kloster Veßra 11:00am: “From War Zone to Contact Zone? Museums, Memories and Objects of Migration” Susannah Eckersley · Newcastle 11:45am: “The Museum as a ‚Contact Zone‘? Critical Reflections from Practice” Elisabeth Tietmeyer · Berlin 12:30pm–1:30pm: Lunchtime Break Section 6 Moderation: Ira Spieker · Dresden 1:30pm: “Through Time and Space: Contact and Social Demarcation in the Russian Exclave of Kaliningrad” Rita Sanders · Köln 2:15pm: “Rural Peripheries as Multiple Cultural Contact Zones. Identities, Power and Agency in Western Bohemia” Anja Decker · München 3:00pm–3:30pm: Concluding Discussion   The conference will be held in English and German. A conference fee will not be charged. Please register for the conference no later than November 15: www.isgv.de/kontaktzonen Contact: Institut für Sächsische Geschichte und Volkskunde e. V. kontaktzonen@isgv.de 0049 351 / 436 16 45 Venue: Sächsisches Staatsarchiv – Hauptstaatsarchiv Dresden Archivstraße 14 01097 Dresden Conference chairs: Ira Spieker / Sarah Kleinmann / Arnika Peselmann For more information, visit www.isgv.de/kontaktzonen.
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, October 6, 2017
Folklore and Old Norse Mythology Conference 0 R. Rini Larson The twelfth annual Folklore and Norse Mythology Conference, commonly known as the ‘Aarhus Mythology Conference’, will take place this November in Helsinki, Finland. Across especially the past decade, research on Old Norse mythology has exhibited a boom of interest in both folklore collected in recent centuries and in perspectives and insights offered by today’s folklore research. Folklore and Old Norse Mythology has been organized to meet this growing interest by gathering specialists from a wide range of disciplines to share and discuss their views and approaches.  Earlier scholarship had seen the value of more recent folklore in terms of continuities from an earlier time.  This remains a topic of interest, approached through the frameworks of today’s methodologies, yet a look at the presentations of the event reveal that there has been shift in attention and concern.  Traditions in the background of Old Norse sources are becoming viewed in terms of folklore, looking at Norse mythology through that lens while capitalizing on the analogical value of more richly-documented traditions for approaching mythology in the Old Norse world.  The diverse perspectives and approached brought together in this event reflect new directions in thinking with the potential for a critical mass of discussion that could have a resounding impact on the field. Papers: “Myth and Character-Building in the Icelandic Family Sagas” Joonas Ahola (University of Helsinki) “Exclusivity in Old Norse Ritual and the Christianization of Ritual Space” Maths Bertell (Mid-Sweden University) “Medieval Irish Folklore and the Construction of Place in Eyrbyggja saga” Matthias Egeler (Ludwig-Maxmillians University, Munich) “‘My God Can Beat up Your God!’ – Asserting Specialists’ Power and Authority through Mythic Discourse” Frog (University of Helsinki) “Women and Axes in the North: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Viking Archaeology, Old Norse Literature and Folklore” Leszek Gardela (University of Rzeszow) “Mythology of the Prose Edda Interacting with the Sky” Gísli Sigurðsson (Árni Magnússon Institute, Reykjavík) “George Marwick’s Account of ‘The Muckle Tree or Igasill’: Folklore or Literature?” Terry Gunnell (University Iceland) “Magical Fishing in Historia Norwegie – Incomprehensible without Late Folklore” Eldar Heide (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) “Brynhildr, the Suicidal Valkyrie: Views of Suicide in Medieval Iceland” Kirsi Kanerva (University of Turku) “In Search of the tietäjä with a Little Help from Old Norse Material” Karolina Kouvola (University of Helsinki) “Size Matters – Dwarfs in Old Norse Myths and Folklore” Henning Kure (Mythologist, independent scholar, Copenhagen) “A Brief History of Giants” Tommy Kuusela (Stockholm University) “Old Norse Mythology and Legend Tradition” John Lindow (University of California, Berkeley) “Traces of Pre-Christian Religion in British Ballads and Popular Poetry” John McKinnell (University of Durham) “Myths, Historiolas, and Magic” Stephen Mitchell (Harvard University) “Old Norse Mythology, Heroic Legends, Religion and Folklore” Else Mundal (University of Oslo) “The Configurations of Old Norse Religion and its Relevance for the Study of late Scandinavian Folklore” Andreas Nordberg (University of Stockholm) “Skalds as Ritual Specialists? Looking for Religious Ritual Frameworks in the Oral Performance of Haraldskvæði, Eiríksmál and Hákonarmál” Simon Nygaard (Aarhus University) “Fifth-Column Mother: Týr’s Negotiation of Kinship (and jötunheimar) According to Hymiskviða” Judy Quinn (University of Cambridge) “Transforming, Transgressing, and Terrorizing: Shape-Shifters in Swedish Medieval Ballads” Catharina Raudvere (University of Copenhagen) “Pre-Cristian Religion of the North as Folklore: The Example of Freyr” Jens Peter Schjødt (Aarhus University) “Basic Instincts?” Rudolf Simek (University of Bonn) "Approaching seiðr from Later Traditions – Possibilities and Pitfalls" Kendra Willson (University of Turku) “Gotland Picture Stones and Narration” Laila Kitzler Åhfeldt (Swedish National Heritage Board) Abstracts of papers and additional information are available on the conference website: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/folklore-and-old-norse-mythology. Folklore and Old Norse Mythology Conference is organized by Folklore Studies of the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki, the Academy of Finland Project “Mythology, Verbal Art and Authority in Social Impact”, the Finnish Literature Society (SKS), the Society for Medieval Studies in Finland Glossary, and the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugric and Nordic Languages and Literatures, University of Helsinki, with support from the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, September 25, 2017
Winter Artist and Writer's Residency in Central Mexico 0 J. Fivecoate 360 XOCHI QUETZAL is an artist and writer's residency located on enchanting and inspiring Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a free one month residency from Dec 14, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018.   Applications are due July 30, 2017 thru CAFÉ at http://www.callforentry.org. 
by J. Fivecoate
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Cultural Heritage Materials—University, Research and Folklore Archives 0 J. Fivecoate This conference will take place August 21-27, 2017 in Riga, Latvia. This will be SUV’s first to explore opportunities for collaboration between general university/research archivists and folklore archivists as well as the capabilities of using the new RiC standard in describing folklore, university and research archives. For more information, registration and full conference program please see the conference website at http://icasuv-2017-conference.mozello.com/. 
by J. Fivecoate
Friday, April 21, 2017
North Atlantic Fiddle Convention Online Workshop on Memory 0 S. Larson On Thursday, 9 June, the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen will host a free online North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) event for artists, scholars, researchers, teachers, and practitioners with an interest in fiddle and dance studies. The event will take place from 2pm-5:15pm (British Summer Time - i.e. 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time). To stream the event, go to http://www.abdn.ac.uk/nafco/live-stream/. Schedule: Session 1 - Keynote Address: David C. Rubin, Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, 'The Role of Memory in Oral Traditions' Session 2 - In the Hot Seat: Presentations on 'Memory' by Byron Dueck, Jo Miller, and Colin Quigley, with responses by David Rubin. Workshop Participants: David Rubin - Duke University, NC (Keynote) Heather Sparling - Cape Breton University & Co-Investigator Byron Dueck - Open University Colin Quigley - Limerick University Jo Miller - Sheffield University & Riverside Project Simon McKerrell - Newcastle University & practitioner Catriona Macdonald - Newcastle University & practitioner Josh Dickson - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & practitioner Will Lamb - Edinburgh University & practitioner Mats Melin - Limerick University & practitioner Troy MacGillivray - Limerick University & practitioner Anne Lederman - York University, Toronto & practitioner Mats Nilsson - Gothenburg University & practitioner Kenny Hadden - Scottish Culture & Traditions Association (SC&T) & practitioner Sandy Tweddle - SC&T & practitioner Senga MacDonald - SC&T & practitioner Gaila Kirdiene - Lithuanian Academy of Music & practitioner David Francis - Aberdeen University & Traditional Music Forum & practitioner Hallie Blejewski - Wesleyan University Evelyn Osborne - Hong Kong Suzuki Institute & practitioner Naomi Rowland - Sheffield University & practitioner Pat Ballantyne - Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen & practitioner Ronnie Gibson - Elphinstone Institute, Aberdeen University & practitioner Tom McKean - Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen Ian Russell - Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen & Principal Investigator The next NAFCo will be in Aberdeen 11-15 July 2018.  
by S. Larson
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Lecture on the Watts Towers 0 S. Larson The Department of Humanities at the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia in Venice, Italy, will host a lecture by Luisa Del Giudice on May 2, 2016, from 2:30 to 4:30PM. The lecture, entitled "Le Torri di Sabato Rodia a Watts: Arte Migrazioni Sviluppo, will take place at the Palazzo Marcorà Malcanton, II piano, Sala grande. AbstractSabato (Sam, Simon) Rodia, dal 1921-54 costruisce a Watts (quartiere di Los Angeles), come lui stesso dice: "qualcosa di grande," "qualcosa di mai visto al mondo." Al complesso monumentale a cui diede titolo "Nuestro Pueblo”, che verrà conosciuto poi come le "Watts Towers,” lavora da solo con materiali trovati per strada. Poi Rodia scompare. Quando si "scoprono” le Torri—ma anche l’ordine per la loro demolizione come pericolo pubblico—si mette in moto una campagna internazionale per la loro salvaguardia. Cosa sono, perchè le costruì, come e perchè salvaguardarle oggi? Vengono esplorate le risonanze multiple di questa costruzione visionaria, tra cartografie locali e migrazioni globali, tra socialità e spazi urbani, tra arte e sviluppo economico, nel contesto della storia culturale italo-americana. Infine si presenterà la candidatura delle Watts Towers all’UNESCO come Patrimonio dell’umanità.Nota biograficaLuisa Del Giudice, è un ricercatore indipendente, in passato ha fatto parte dell’Università della California a Los Angeles UCLA ed è stata fondatore e direttore dell’Italian oral History Institute. Pubblicazioni principali: Studies in Italian American Folklore, ed. Cecilia: Testi e contesti di un canto narrativo tradizionale;  Imagined  States:  Nationalism,  Utopia,  and  Longing  in  Oral Cultures, ed. con Gerald Porter; Performing Ecstasies: Music, Dance, and Ritual in the Mediterranean, ed. con Nancy van Deusen; Oral History, Oral Culture and Italian Americans, ed.; Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development, ed.; On Second Thought: Scholarly Women Reflect on Profession, Community, Purpose, ed.
by S. Larson
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The Inaugural David Buchan Lecture Is Now Available Online 0 S. Larson The Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen has established a distinguished lecture series - The David Buchan Lecture - named in honor of the influential Aberdeen-born ballad and contemporary legend scholar. The Inaugural David Buchan Lecture took place on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and was given by distinguished folklorist, Professor Diane Goldstein of Indiana University. Her talk, "Recycled Stories: Health Legends, Epidemics and the Politics of Risk,” can now be accessed online at http://abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/public-engagement/david-buchan-lecture-2015.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Inaugural David Buchan Lecture 0 S. Larson The Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen has established a distinguished lecture series - The David Buchan Lecture - named in honor of the influential Aberdeen-born ballad and contemporary legend scholar. This annual event places Ethnology and Folklore firmly in the university calendar and will appeal to a wide audience. It will be held Thursday, 19 November, 2015, 6:30pm, at King's College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen (Scotland). The inaugural David Buchan Lecture will be given by distinguished folklorist, Professor Diane Goldstein, director of the Folklore Institute and chair of the department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, the leading institution in the field. Goldstein, who specializes in medical folklore and belief, will offer a talk on medical epidemic legends and their significance to modern healthcare practice. It is entitled "Recycled Stories: Health Legends, Epidemics and the Politics of Risk.” Goldstein has served as president of the American Folklore Society and the Society for Contemporary Legend Research.   Abstract: As part of community discourse about the nature of disease, legends provide powerful information about cultural understandings of disease and illness. Though fascinating, intriguing, and often frightening, health legends do more than merely entertain. They warn and inform, articulate notions of risk, provide political commentary on public health actions, and offer insight into the relationship between cultural and health truths. When taken seriously, with respect for the narratives and their tellers, health legends enable understandings of perceptions of risk, reveal local views of public health efforts, and highlight areas of health care and education that need to be improved. Health narratives, however, do not simply articulate perceptions of disease realities; they also create those realities. Told within scientific and official sectors as well as lay communities, legends play a significant role in medical, legal, and educational responses to disease and its management. This talk will explore legends concerning several epidemics and will demonstrate the importance of that information for public health.   For more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/471899999657918/ https://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/public-engagement/david-buchan-lecture.php  
by S. Larson
Monday, November 2, 2015
Turkey: International Antalya Children and Youth Festivals 0 L. Cashman Dear Friends, FOMGED Youth Club has been organizing international festivals for twenty four years in Turkey with the participation of children and youth coming from all over the world. This year; v April 18 - 24, 2013 "THE 24th INTERNATIONAL ANTALYA CHILDREN FESTIVAL”, v May 14 - 20, 2013 "THE INTERNATIONAL ANTALYA YOUTH FESTIVAL” are going to be held in Antalya with the participation of the groups in the branches such as folk dance, modern dance, music, ballet, chorus, circus, band and harmonica, traditional street games, dance theatre and rhythmic gymnastics. General information and details about our festivals are in the attachment. We would be so pleased to see your group among us. If you don’t have a youth or children group, we are expecting your contribution to the meeting of the children and youth from all over the world in our festivals by informing the other groups from your country. Thanks, FOMGED YOUTH CLUB www.fomgedclub.com fomged@fomgedclub.com Address: Akkurt Sokak Pınar Apartmanı 4/A Suadiye - ISTANBUL / TURKEY Tel: +90 216 410 24 47 +90 216 410 24 48 Fax: +90 216 362 72 25
by L. Cashman
Monday, February 25, 2013

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