CFP: American Studies Association: "Folklorization on the National Mall"
I am soliciting paper proposals for a panel I am organizing for the 2013 American Studies Association meeting in Washington, D.C. If you would like to participate, please submit 250-word abstracts and a C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 19, 2012. I will respond by January 20.
This panel examines how the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife has articulated ideological positions on American culture through the selection and presentation of a variety of cultural practices from its founding in 1967 to the present. How have the "authenticating and legitimizing networks” (Whisnant 1991: 173) and specific spatial constraints and programmatic requirements of the Festival shaped the practices of those who have appeared? How have these individuals interpreted their appearance? How have they interacted with audiences and festival promoters, both during the Festival of American Folklife itself and around and outside it?
Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg
Woodruff Fellow, Institute of Liberal Arts
Assistant Managing Editor, Southern Spaces