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CFP: Panels on History of Public/Applied Folklore, Environmental Cultures
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3/8/2016 at 7:35:52 PM GMT
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CFP: Panels on History of Public/Applied Folklore, Environmental Cultures

The following is a call for participants for a sort of keynote forum session on the history of public/applied folklore work in and on environmental cultures that will look back across the field's environmental involvement from its early days to its futures. There are still a few spots available on that forum session, so if you've played a role in the history of this work and would like to join the conversation on public folklore's environmental past and futures, please contact the organizers (details below)! AND, the organizers also want to invite paper submissions for a panel (or two?!) highlighting recent and emerging folklore work in environmental humanities, broadly construed.

The organizers particularly welcome submissions about projects and collaborations in public, applied, independent and community-based folklore practice; but would also welcome academic studies pertaining to environmental cultures, cultures of response to environmental crisis or climate change, or papers and projects thematizing the legacies of cultural conservation and public/applied folklore for environmental humanities work, or the implications of environmental humanities theory and methods for folk studies! The organizers welcome work in any geographic tradition and on or with any kind of group and are particularly interested in papers/projects that take up questions of method and collaboration across groups -- whether between folklorists and EPA/park/waste/environmental officials, communities affected by environmental injustice/preservation efforts, distant disciplines in the academy, multiple non-profits, etc. Also of interest are field papers or projects that take up the legacy of folklore's activist role and the ethical and political possibilities and pitfalls of environmental humanities and public/applied environmental cultures work as tools for advocacy, education, empowerment, and social change (and policy change), especially re: environmental justice.

The organizers would be happy to provide more details or further suggestions. If you're interested, please contact them with your ideas by Thursday, March 10th, so as to allow plenty of time to meet the AFS submission deadline.

Depending on response and folks' interest, the organizers would also be very willing to consider lightning round, open discussion/roundtable and other alternative AFS formats.

Email or feel free to reach out to the organizers individually at the addresses below, with any ideas or thoughts.

Jess Lamar Reece Holler
University of Pennsylvania
Western Kentucky University

Bethani Turley
The Ohio State University      

Last edited Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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