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The 2016 New York Folklore Society Conference
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When: 4/2/2016
Where: Cooper Union
New York City, New York 
United States
Contact: New York Folklore Society
(518) 346-7008

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The 2016 Conference of the New York Folklore Society will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Cooper Union in New York City. The conference theme will be Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk and Vernacular Architecture in New York.

What is the folk and vernacular architecture of New York State?
What makes it "folk" or "vernacular"?
How are the conditions of urban and rural life in 2016 challenging traditional architectural practices among various ethnic and regional communities?
Who is sustaining vernacular design and construction in the face of globalization and gentrification, and why?

In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students come together to address these and other questions concerning a significant crisis in the understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment: where and what is the folk and vernacular architecture of 21st century America?

The conference organizers hope to have an invigorating discussion in plenary and panel presentations featuring Michael Ann Williams (President, American Folklore Society and Professor of Folklore, Western Kentucky University); Annie Polland (Senior Vice President, Education & Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum); Cynthia Falk (Associate Professor of Material Culture, The Cooperstown Graduate Program); Molly Garfinkel (Director, Place Matters/City Lore); Nancy Solomon (Director, Long Island Traditions); graduate students specializing in folk and vernacular architecture, and many more!!

For further information, contact the New York Folklore Society at or call (518) 346-7008. 

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