New York Folklore Society Graduate Student Conference
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Posted by: John Laudun
For over 65 years, the New
York Folklore Society (NYFS) has held an annual conference, typically with
guest speakers, such as master artists and academic scholars, who have
addressed a particular theme. This year, in collaboration with Binghamton
University’s English Department, we invite graduate
students to present their work on legends
and tales. In this way, students will be given a platform at a local
conference to share their work and connect with other young academics from
around the state. The NYFS seeks to encourage young scholars to continue their
studies and become active contributors to the fields of folklore,
ethnomusicology, anthropology and more.
This conference presents students with the opportunity for feedback on
works-in-progress and mentorship from the academy.
Theme: Legends and Tales
Legends and tales present characters under duress in extraordinary
circumstances. They preserve cultural patterns and facilitate social change.
Legends such as "The Vanishing Hitchhiker” and "The Killer in the Back Seat”
have a kernel of truth; tales such as "Little Red Riding Hood” and "The Armless
Maiden” are clearly fictional but have complex layers of meaning. When legends
and tales inspire literature and films, they bring richly resonant traditions
to the minds of readers and viewers.
This multidisciplinary conference welcomes papers about
legends and/or tales from graduate students in literature, folklore,
anthropology, American studies, cultural studies, film studies, ethnic studies,
gender studies, social and cultural history, and other fields. We especially
encourage papers related to the cultural traditions of New York State.
and Important Dates
Students are encouraged to submit proposals by August 15;
the final deadline for submission is September 15.
Notification of Acceptance
By September 30, 2011
NYFS members: $15
Mailing address: PO Box
764, Schenectady, NY 12301
October 01 – Nov 10, 2011
Conference date - on the
campus of Binghamton University
November 12, 2011
Questions? Please contact: Dr.
Ellen McHale, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-346-7008