|China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project|
Since 2007 the AFS, the China Folklore Society, and folklore studies institutions in both countries have worked cooperatively to build relationships between folklorists and folklore studies institutions in China and the US.
Then in 2013 the Luce Foundation awarded AFS a further three-year grant to take up a new phase of this work. Between 2013 and 2016, AFS--again working in partnership with the China Folklore Society and in collaboration with a number of institutions in both countries--managed a program of conferences (in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Guiyang, China) and professional development exchanges to increase mutual understanding between staff at China and US ethnographic museums, and the development of a number of new online resources to support, and share information and best practices about, folklore studies scholarship in both countries.
In 2017-2019, with the support of a third grant from the Luce Foundation, AFS and CFS, with the participation of the Folklore Society of Japan, is producing a series of three annual folklore summer institutes for advanced graduate students and new PhDs from all three countries. The second part of our 2017-2019 work is a further collaboration of our China and US ethnographic museum partners on a series of field research trips investigating textile traditions in southwestern China, and on a trio of research and training workshops.
All of these activities have created strong professional networks among Chinese and US folklorists and their home institutions by using the lenses of the field of folklore studies and intangible cultural heritage (ICH) to undertake, compare, and analyze a wide range of best-practice activities in China and the US intended to sustain tradition-based culture through research, documentation, education, presentation, and conservation.
Follow these links to download the bilingual program books from our 2011-2015 China-US folklore and ICH conferences:
For more information on the museum-related activities of the current project, please consult its more detailed project page.
5/10/2017 » 5/13/2017
51st Annual ARSC Conference
5/18/2017 » 5/20/2017
Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics
6/15/2017 » 6/18/2017
Connecting (to) Heritage Studies in the U.S: A Consortium