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3/3/2016 at 8:10:37 PM GMT
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Call for Forum Participants: Pop Up Museum on "Fieldwork Stories"
A Pop Up Museum on the theme of "Fieldwork Stories” is proposed as a forum at the 2016 American Folklore Society Meeting in Miami. Chairs of the forum are Betty Belanus and Hanna Griff-Sleven.  The chairs are seeking four to six participants for the forum, interested in bringing an artifact from their fieldwork experience (or a photo or illustration of one if the actual artifact is too large or fragile to bring) to serve as models for the event.  There will also be a call for "audience participation” for those who wish to attend the forum and share an artifact and its story but who are committed to other AFS sessions and cannot be a formal part of this session.

The Pop Up Museum is a concept developed by museologist Michelle del Carlo in 2011, and refined by others in the past five years.  A Pop Up Museum is a temporary display of objects around a theme, designed to encourage conversations and informal storytelling.   Participants are invited to bring an object that relates to the theme, write a label for the object, and interact with anyone who shows up at the event.  The concept is described and outlined thoroughly in this guide:

The Pop Up Museum is a good model to share a common experience and stimulate meaningful conversations at the AFS meeting.  It will also encourage cross-disciplinary exchange between the AFS members and members of the co sponsoring organization, the International Society for Narrative Research.

If you are interested in being a participant in the forum, please contact Betty Belanus at

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