AFS Women's Section's Elli Köngäs-Maranda Student Prize
Friday, September 2, 2016
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
The Women's Section of the American Folklore Society awards an annual student prize in honor of pioneering scholar Elli Köngäs-Maranda. The prize recognizes exemplary or innovative work on women's traditional, vernacular, or local culture and/or feminist theory and folklore.
Eligible works include undergraduate and graduate student papers up to thirty (30) pages in length. Entrants must be currently enrolled in a degree program as of the submission deadline or have been enrolled as of the previous academic year. The EKM Student Prize carries a cash award of $100.00. Please submit one digital copy formatted as a PDF via email or one hard copy postmarked by October 1, 2016.
The awards will be announced at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Miami, FL, October 19-22, 2016. Prize recipients need not be members of the Society.
Please direct all submissions and questions to:
9812 Falls Road #114-#146
Potomac, MD 20854
About Elli Köngäs-Maranda
Internationally renowned feminist folklorist Elli Kaija Köngäs-Maranda was born in Finland in 1932. She studied Finnish folklore at the University of Helsinki and did her doctoral dissertation at Indiana University (1963) on Finnish-American folklore. She held various research positions, and taught at the University of British Columbia (1970-1976) and at Laval University from 1976 until her premature death on November 1, 1982. She was elected a Fellow of the American Folklore Society in 1978. Academically, she was known for her structural analysis of traditional culture, demonstrating precision and mathematical intellect, but also for her eloquent writing. She published extensively and in English, French, Finnish, German, and Russian. Her feminism was particularly evident in her research and writing on the Lau people, based on fieldwork conducted between 1966 and 1976. In 1983, the American Folklore Society Women's section inaugurated two prizes in her memory, one for student work and one for professional work, funded by highly successful auctions, T-shirt sales, the making and raffling of a quilt, and, most recently, the sale of note cards commemorating that quilt.
For more information about Elli Köngäs-Maranda, see Felix J. Oinas, "Elli Kaija Köngäs Maranda: In Memoriam." Folklore Forum 15 #2 (1982): 115-123.