CFP: 2015 Journal of Folklore and Education
Friday, February 6, 2015
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Journal of Folklore and Education is a peer-reviewed, multimedia,
open-access K-16 journal published annually by Local Learning: The National
Network for Folk Arts in Education. Local Learning links folk culture
specialists and educators nationwide, advocating for inclusion of folk and traditional
arts and culture in our nation’s education. "Local
learning"--the traditional knowledge and processes of learning that are
grounded in community life--is of critical importance to the effective
education of students and to the vigor of our communities and society.
Journal publishes work representing ethnographic approaches that tap the
knowledge and life experience of students, their families, community members,
and educators in K-12, college, museum, and community education. The Journal's
audience is educators and students at all levels and in all settings, folk
culture specialists, and other interested readers. As a digital publication,
this journal provides a forum for interdisciplinary, multimedia approaches to
community-based teaching, learning, and cultural stewardship. It is found at www.locallearningnetwork.org.
The 2015 theme for the
Journal of Folklore and Education is
Youth in Community. Local Learning
has partners in schools, museums, universities, and community
organizations.This theme creates an opportunity to investigate the
pedagogical significance of engaging young people in communities, and
specifically to examine the ways that folklore provides tools for researching
and for creating critical understanding of this kind of work. We will also
accept submissions documenting the cultural expressions of youth in diverse
communities. We welcome submissions of articles, model projects, multimedia
products, classroom applications, and student work accompanied by critical
writing that connects to the larger frameworks of this theme.
in Community encompasses topics such as service learning, community activism,
youth-driven community research, the influence of traditional culture on ways
of knowing and learning, media and its impact on youth identity and culture,
and youth voices and visions as catalysts in diverse settings. This theme
considers "student-driven” pedagogy to be not only an adjective, but also an
action verb that encompasses research methods, critical thinking, cultural
expression, and production.
questions that resonate in educational contexts and classrooms that
contributors may use to inspire curricular connections and their writing
include the following:
- What does
folklore bring to an examination of youth and community, including the cultural
expressions of youth in community?How does a folkloristic, ethnographic
approach enter into ways that we work with youth or the ways that youth think
- How are young
people using technology to document and to engage in community? Similarly, how
does technology provide tools for significant personal and cultural expression?
- What does
"Youth in Community” suggest about young people in the public sphere and the
ways in which culture influences identity, roles, and personal expression?
- How can
student-driven projects, which by definition include "student choice and voice”
in a meaningful way (students have the opportunity to choose the focus and
subject of their work on some level), effectively connect with education
editors Paddy Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Rathje
at email@example.com with ideas for
stories, features, lessons, and media and to suggest possible contributors
before March 16, 2015. Initial drafts of submissions are due May 1, 2015. Publication
will be in September 2015.
welcome work that engages thoughtfully or critically with this theme from
educators, folklorists, graduate students, and community scholars, among
others. Short features should be 500 to 1,000 words. Articles should be 1,000
to 4,000 words. Images should have a dpi of at least 300. Media submissions are
welcomed, including short film and audio clips. See Volume 1 of the Journal of Folklore and Education, Dress
to Express: Exploring Culture and Identity, at www.locallearningnetwork.org. Be in touch
with the editors to discuss media ideas and to learn formatting and technical
specifications for text, images, and media.
share this announcement with colleagues. The Journal is supported by the
National Endowment for the Arts.