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New York Folklore Society Graduate Student Conference
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When: 11/12/2011
Where: Binghamtom, New York
United States
Contact: Ellen McHale
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NY Folklore Society Graduate Student Conference

Legends and Tales

November 12, 2011

Binghamton University

Binghamton, NY

Call for Proposals

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.

Deadlines and Important Dates

Proposals Due

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

Non-members: $20

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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,, 518-346-7008

Proposal Submission Guide and form

Please fill out this proposal form and submit it electronically to

Dr. Ellen McHale no later than September 15, 2011 at

Presentation Time: 20 minutes per proposal

Presentation format: upon acceptance, four proposals will be grouped into a session. A moderator will facilitate the session.

Title (15 word limit. Do not use all capitals.)

Abstract (300 words. Please provide a brief description of what is going to be presented. Students are welcome to present condensed version of their research paper/project, case study, fieldwork, or literature review related to all aspects of the conference theme.)

Primary Presenter (This person will serve as contact for this paper; all communication will be sent to this individual throughout the proposal and submission process.)

Name (first then last name):




Phone Number:

Co-Presenter(s) (Please limit the number of co-presenters to two.)

Name (first then last name):




Phone Number:

Name (first then last name):




Phone Number:

Equipment needed

___ Computer/Laptop

___ Projector & Screen

___ Audio equipment List: ___________________________________________________

___ Video equipment List: ___________________________________________________

Questions? Please contact: Ellen McHale,, 518-346-7008

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