AFS Receives Support to Continue China-US Project
Monday, July 1, 2013
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
The Asia Program of the Henry Luce
Foundation has awarded AFS a three-year grant to continue its work to
build relationships between folklorists and folklore studies
institutions in China and the US.
2013 and 2016, AFS--working in partnership with the China Folklore
Society and in collaboration with a number of institutions in both
countries--will manage a program of conferences and professional
exchanges for staff at China and US ethnographic museums, and the
development of a number of new resources to support, and share
information about, folklore studies scholarship in both countries.
new work builds upon six years of previous efforts, and on 2011-2013
funding from the Luce Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Lingnan
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Asian
Cultural Council, and the China Ministry of Education.
This longer-term initiative is using the lenses of the field of
folklore studies and intangible cultural heritage (ICH) to compare and
analyze a wide
range of activities in China and the US—supported by government, the
sector, and community-based organizations—intended to
sustain tradition-based culture through research, documentation,
education, presentation, and conservation.
In the first phase of this project, we
produced a series of four bilingual conferences (in Guangzhou,
Nashville, Wuhan, and Washington, DC) comparing folklore and ICH policy,
case studies, field methods, and archiving practices in both countries.
We also managed two years of an international exchange program for
younger folklorists from both countries.
Follow these links to download the programs from our 2011-2013 China-US ICH conferences:
Conference 1, Guangzhou, November 2011
Conference 2, Nashville, April-May 2012
Conference 3, Wuhan, November 2012Conference 4, Washington, DC, May 2013