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New Forum on Advances in Folklore Scholarship Highlights Festival

Friday, September 14, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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This year, in honor of our host city of New Orleans, the inaugural Advances in Folklore Scholarship Forum will engage three recent studies of festival that attend to the interplay of power, politics, and performance. The featured authors have shared portions of their recently published books that the forum organizers hope you will read in advance of the meeting. You may access these materials at: by scrolling down to the Conferences & Discussions section.

Authors will provide ten-minute presentations of their work; discussants will provide 15-minute responses and the forum will be open to attendees for general discussion, dialogue and commentary. Help us take stock of where festival scholarship is headed.


  • Lisa Gabbert, Winter Carnival in a Western Town (Utah State Univ. Press, 2011)
  • Lisa Gilman, The Dance of Politics: Gender, Performance, and Democratization in Malawi (Temple Univ. Press, 2009)
  • Riki Saltzman, A Lark for the Sake of their Country: The 1926 General Strike Volunteers in Folklore and Memory (Manchester Univ. Press, 2012)


  • Dorothy Noyes, Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2003)
  • Patricia Sawin, Transparent Masks: The Ideology and Practice of Disguise in Contemporary Cajun Mardi Gras, JAF 114.452, 2001


  • Katherine Borland, Unmasking Class, Gender and Sexuality in Nicaraguan Festival (Univ. of Arizona Press, 2006)

Sponsored by the Women’s and Public Programs Sections, the Advances in Folklore Scholarship Forum is designed to foreground new work by women and under-represented groups in order to actively promote equity in the reception of and engagement with recently published scholarship of significance to large sectors of the American Folklore Society.

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