POJO 2012 at AFS Annual Meeting in New Orleans
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Qualia is pleased to announce the second
annual Goodwin-Stewart Competition for presentations on LGBTQ folklore, to be
held during the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, October 24-27
at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans (specific date, time, and location TBA).
The event is named after Polly Stewart and Joseph Goodwin, two scholars that
have supported the LGBTQ community and Qualia Folk, as well as having worked
tirelessly on the Qualia Encyclopedia of Gay Folklife.
For seven years, Qualia has sponsored
presentations that integrate performance with research. Now we are focusing our
energy on one competitive event. This competition is designed to encourage
students and the recently graduated to try an integrated approach that captures
the interest of the audience rather than simply reading a paper in defense of a
particular stance. The performance-presentation approach is not wholly an
academic paper, nor is it a show intended for entertainment purposes. It is a
combination of the two that seeks to communicate a thoughtful argument through
the strategic use of performance, broadly conceived, which may include Powerpoint,
song, dance, costume, material culture, props, short poetry, jokes, chant,
prayer, chorus lines, kings and queens, runway, etc.
One need not be a performer to give a
performance-presentation, nor is a professional or seasoned stage presence
required. This experimental format seeks to narrow the gap between researcher
and performer by recognizing that there is a little of both in everyone. The
performance-presentation format is meant to give scholars a different way of
interacting with their own work and presenting it to an audience of peers.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $200
Third Prize: $100
Want to compete?
A description of the presentation (no more
than 350 words) should be submitted to Kevin Mason and Mickey Weems (email@example.com)
by May 5.
Presentations should be between 15 and 20
minutes. The highest and lowest scores of the judges will be dropped.
Information concerning exact time and place will
be announced in the 2012 AFS Annual Meeting Program (the preliminary schedule
will be posted by July 1).
2012 POJO Judges so far:
Anyone who wants to help us with POJO this
year, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.