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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 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 09, 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
by S. Larson
Wednesday, December 02, 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:  
by S. Larson
Monday, November 02, 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 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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