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roommate needed 6 J. Bealle Did you receive my email sent this morning? I have a confirmed reservation at the Sheraton, currently to be shared with two otherfemale colleagues, for which the Sheraton charges $180/night.  I have made other arrangements, but don't want to leave thesegood folks high&dry, so am willing to turn over my reservation to you (whom I think Andy Kolovos has given his enthusiasticrecommendation to?).  Please let me know soonest, especially if you have committed to other accomodations!  Thanks -- Aloha, LaniLani Herrmann<>510-237-7360 <home phone>
by L. Herrmann
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Cultural and Heritage Tours of New Orleans 0 L. Cashman I'm attaching information I have just received about tours of New Orleans that conference-goers may book for themselves. A brochure is attached. To book a tour, contact:Sandra Pierre-KaziChief Experience DesignerCultural & Heritage Tourism New OrleansA Division ofWorldwide Concepts Inc2372 St Claude Ave, Suite 224New Orleans, LA 70117Direct PH: (504) 613-6655 ext 1Cell PH: (504) 289 3507FX: (800) 579 6486
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Anyone driving to/from Northeast for meeting? 0 S. Broudy I've decided to take an Amtrak train to the New Orleans meeting and for the return trip to Philadelphia.  I have already made my train reservations, though they can easiliy be changed or cancelled, so just wondering if anyone is driving from New Orleans to Philadelphia or even a good portion of thet trip, after the meeting ends on Sunday.   It would save me from finding a place to crash on the Sunday night after the meeting and getting to the NO train station for the 7am departure.   Of course, I'd be willing to split gas, driving, lodging enroute, etc.  Thanks,Saul BroudyCell:  215-356-2136
by S. Broudy
Friday, September 28, 2012
Louisiana Folklore Society to sell documentaries, books at Annual Meeting 0 L. Cashman The "Louisiana Folklore Society” would like everyone to know that on sale, at its exhibit table during the AFS meeting in New Orleans, will be several documentaries (as well as books) on a range of folkloric topics.   Here are some highlights....   T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (2012; French Subtitles) TRAILER: Description: Creole cowboys and Cajun jockeys, Cotton Knights and Mardi Gras revelers reveal the long history and blend between Creoles and Cajuns and the horses they love. This equine love affair began more than 250 years ago on the first ranches of South Louisiana. Creoles and Cajuns are some of America’s first cowboys. Not only essential to hard ranch work, horses were often the focus of French Louisiana’s renowned joie de vivre. T-GALOP romps playfully across South Louisiana through professional sports to community rituals bearing witness to a modern horse culture that was born many centuries ago. "The bush tracks, it made me.”          -Calvin Borel, Three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Catahoula, Louisiana   "You know, they say `Cowboys and Indians’. Well, we the first cowboy, and the Indian too.”  -Andrew Cezar, Triple C Ranch, Sulky Races, Soileau, Louisiana  "From someone outside looking in at the Mardi Gras, it looks like a mindless drunk. Well, it is a drunk, but it’s not mindless. It’s a celebration.” -Pat Patterson, Elton, Louisiana  "The purpose of the trail ride is to preserve the black cowboy culture." -Randolph Joseph, Big 8 Trail Ride Association   "This is the document that started the cattle industry of this nation. As you can see, eight of the families are Broussards.” -Charles Broussard, Flying J Ranch, Forked Island, Louisiana  "T-GALOP takes us deep into the horseplay and work of French Louisiana. Cajun and Creole cowboy and cattle traditions are revealed from colonial times to present day swimming herds, bush tracks, zydeco cowboys, mounted Mardi Gras revelers, Cotton Knights, workaday ranchers and famed jockeys. It's a pleasurable and edifying ride along the largely unknown trail of Gulf Coast cowboy culture." -Nick Spitzer, American Routes   King Crawfish (2010; 48 minutes) TRAILER: Description: In King Crawfish we watch the Cajun spirit being poured out on a communal table, even as the wild harvest is diminishing. At the 50-year old Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival we see everything Cajuns value take to the stage: their language, music, food, dance, and  crawfish. Thousands of pounds of crawfish get served up at the festival, most coming from their natural habitat, the Atchafalaya Basin. But in one small fishing community in the Basin, crawfishermen fight to retain their way of life. It is an old story in Louisiana: the people and land suffer from the exploitation of the oil companies.  If the crawfishermen fail to preserve their right to fish and to bring back the free-flowing water that the Basin’s wildlife needs to survive, we could be witnessing the last generation of wild harvest crawfishermen, and the loss of the largest swamp in the United States.   I Always Do My Collars First: a film about ironing (2007; 24 minutes) TRAILER at: Description: A documentary that delivers an artful and unexpectedly entertaining look at what is often ignored as a mundane chore. It’s a film about ironing, but it’s also a meaningful meditation on so much more. The story follows four dynamic Cajun women in French Louisiana as they go about their daily lives demonstrating how the simple ritual of ironing weaves its way throughout the fabric of family life and their sense of identity. Ironing, we learn from them, is a nurturing, emotional, and learned process, transmitted from mothers to daughters; it is performed with complex aesthetic sensibilities that connect these women to other women in their community. Through first-person narration, the women share with us a rare look at the rich interior life lived by wives and mothers in a traditional culture.   Raised on Rice and Gravy (2009; 24 minutes) TRAILER: Description: Gone are the days when farmers cam in from the fields at noon, and working class families gathered at home for lunch before returning to their labors. But more than anywhere else in the South, folks in the food-conscious town of Lafayette stubbornly cling to their traditions of home-cooking and a shared midday meal. There, in the heart of French Louisiana, age-old customs of the family kitchen over-flow into local restaurants, making public and communal what was once private and domestic.  Raised on Rice and Gravy serves up an authentic experience of these neighborhood "plate-lunch houses,” little known to any but the locals, where the genuine traditions of Cajun and Creole cooking can still be found. But more than just mouthwatering food, the film captures the friendly, face-to-face exchange between cook and customer. Unlike fast food drive-thrus, plate lunch restaurants create a setting for nourishing the body as well as the soul of a culture, where black and white, blue collar and white collar, come together for plain talk and to share their common culinary heritage: rice and gravy. Eating at a neighborhood plate lunch house is truly like going home for lunch.
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
Diamond Sessions for 2012? 3 B. Belanus Hi, I am sorry I completely forgot that I had posted this on AFS web site and have organized a session via Publore.  I hope you found another session to join.  Many apologies!
by B. Belanus
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Call for Public Programs-centric Sessions 0 N. Ault *PLEASE NOTE: deadline for contacting PPS program committee is March 19 (if you need help organizing panels, sessions, etc.) and March 26 (if you are seeking PPS sponsorship for your organized session).1. Do you have ideas for sessions or forums related to public programs that you would like to propose for the 2012 AFS meeting in New Orleans? If so, the program committee of the Public Programs Section would like to hear from you.  We can help to recruit presenters around your proposed ideas, or we can facilitate sessions/forums in need of additional presenters.  The PPS committee is especially interested in connecting with individuals or groups who are discussing what a public folklorist is/does/dreams of being in these uncertain times and in the future.  We'd also like to hear from individuals or groups who are interested in documentation training and how public folklore workers organize/run such trainings.2. Do you have an organized panel in need of sponsorship?  The PPS does that too!If you have ideas or you are planning a session or forum, please contact Nelda (  We need to hear from you by *March 19* if you are looking for help organizing a session, or *March 26* if you are looking for sponsorship.Sincerely,Nelda Ault, Selina Morales, Rebecca Snetselaar, Jason Morris, and Rachel Reynolds-Luster(Program Committee 2012, Public Programs Section)P.S. For those of you new to this process, or who need a bit of a memory jog, over the last couple of years the PPS has brought you sessions about traditional arts apprenticeships, cultural sustainability, community-based folklore practice, ethnographic photography, dialogue facilitation among organizations, and documentation of performance traditions.  Let those wheels turn and send Nelda an email.
by N. Ault
Thursday, March 15, 2012
AFS session celebrating Michael Taft 0 C. Kerst The AFS Archives and Libraries Section is proposing an AFS tribute panel for Michael Taft, who recently retired as Head of the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center. I am serving as chair of the session and am seeking submissions for a proposed Diamond session. The session will celebrate Michael by focusing on his multi-faceted archival and research interests and contributions. Here are a few of the numerous areas Michael has worked in that I would enjoy having included in the session: Mock weddings and the folklore of cross dressing Folklore of draft resisters Blues scholarship Canadian folklore, identity, celebrations, and revelry Sasquatch and sasquatch-like creatures Word play, narrative, and thesaurus construction And on and on . . . . Please contact me off-list or call me, if you are interested in participating! Cathy Catherine Hiebert Kerst Folklife Specialist/Archivist American Folklife Center Library of Congress Washington, DC 20540 202-707-1730 Session
by C. Kerst
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
AFS Occupy panels 1 J. Bealle There will be an Occupy panel at FSAC this year (Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Waterloo, Ontario, May 26-28) - abstracts below. I'll pass on your message to the participants to see if any are interested in joining a panel at AFS.Occupy Newfoundland, Occupy the World: Folklore and Activism in Global/Local Politics Cory W. Thorne - Discussant Presented with the question of the suitability of activism among folklorists and the desire among academics to contribute to the ongoing Occupy debate, each presenter in this panel has constructed a unique response based on the shared study of global/local theories and group ethnography with the Occupy Newfoundland and Labrador (OccupyNL) camp. All five presenters have examined the relations between folklore and globalization, using readings on globalization (A. Appadurai), regionalism (S. Jones), sense of place (K. Ryden), critical regionalism (C. Herr), postmodern geography (E. Soja), marxism (J. Limon), and folklore activism (H. Reid & B. Taylor) in order to form a response to the space for folkloristcs within the Occupy movement. Occupy Theory: A Space for Folkloristics in the Occupy Movement?  Jennifer Tarof Occupy Newfoundland and Labrador (OccupyNL) is locally publicized as the last stand of Occupy movements in Canada. As a part of a larger collection of Occupy movements and revolts situated across North America and Europe, it serves as a unique example for the study of local/global interactions, i.e., the place of folklore within globalization. Through the lens of globalization theory and the history of global discord, political movements and protests, I will explore: What is the bigger picture of the Occupy movement and protests of its kind? What role does globalization play in sparking such movements that are seemingly localized?  Occupy Place: Harbourside Park and Protest on the St. John’s Waterfront Sharon Halfyard Harbourside Park, the location of OccupyNL’s makeshift camp, is nestled between the Harvey’s Offshore Oil Pier and a growing number of upscale waterfront condominiums and restaurants. It symbolizes the growing inequalities in society today. The park forms an important commons for downtown St. John’s, a space for community outside of work and home that marks both historic and contemporary events for the city, and the province as a whole. Looking into the history of the park, its role in sense of place and conflict of space, reveals the power of this location as a part of the Occupy movement. Occupy Identity: Personal Voice in OccupyNL  Caitlin Bethune In light of the perceived multiplicity of "messages” put across by the Occupy movement worldwide, I seek to distill "the message” of Occupy. This research presumes the importance of the individual voice to Occupy, and seeks to determine the importance of personal expression to an understanding and implementation of "the message.” Through interviews with Occupiers and their supporters in St. John’s, Newfoundland, I ask: what is the role of personal voices, or personal experience narratives, in the Occupy movement?  Can – or should – these stories be woven into one master narrative, or "message”? Occupy Foodways: Breaking Bread with OccupyNL  Joseph Donnelly Global food security begins with access to local food sources and producers at an affordable price. The preparation and serving of food at OccupyNL has become a critical way to build community while creating a sense of well-being and place. This autoethnographic study of Occupy foodways focuses on questions of food security, the realities of food preparation at the OccupyNL camp, and the goal of occupiers to bring theory into practice, i.e., developing and supporting local projects in reaction to the corporate food monopoly (eg. university, and school board contracts with non-local suppliers). Occupy Online: Global Spaces, Local Places and Virtual Commons Alison McEvoy According to globalization scholars such as Appadurai and Soja, globalization is frequently as much about virtual space as it is about physical place.  Folklore literature by Reid and Taylor also illuminates the potential for commons in non-traditional spaces.  Occupy Wall Street and its local counterpart OccupyNL maintain websites which create online space that allows for the intersection of global and local politics.  These websites have a significant role to play as online arenas for discussion surrounding the Occupy movement.  Through close reading of the websites for Occupy NL, Occupy Wall Street and related social media and blog websites, I examine the use of online space as a form of commons.  
by C. Thorne
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Craft and Social Networking 1 E. Levy Elinor and I have already talked about this off-list, but hope others can contribute.  We are both interested in the ways that new (and older) generations of sewists, knitters, and quilters (the "DIY movement") use forms of social networking and other (relatively new) communicative technologies.  My focus will be the emergence of flickr as the virtual hub of social and creative communication among modern quilters.If you have an interest in some dimension of contemporary craft or in folkloristic applications of social networking, please let us know.
by J. Schacker
Saturday, March 3, 2012
AFS panel on Indigenous music 0 A. Ridington I plan to submit a proposal for a paper on continuity and innovation in an Athapaskan (Dane-zaa) dreamers song tradition, and compare 4 performances of the same song over a 45 year period.  I'm wondering if anyone else wants to join me and form an panel? My topic could also easily fall into a broader category of indigenous arts, or indigenous use of digital technology.Amber
by A. Ridington
Friday, March 2, 2012
AFS panel on tourism narratives 3 A. Ferrell I am also interested.I am working on a project using the Golem legend as the basis for a tour through Prague, specifically aimed at student travelers.
by K. Kaleba
Thursday, March 1, 2012
AFS Folk Narrative Section | Grimm Bicentennial | Call for Panels 0 A. Zolkover Hello everybody!As you are all probably aware, 2012 marks the bicentennial anniversary ofthe first publication of the Grimms's Kinder- und Hausmarchen. In honor ofthis fact, the AFS Folk Narrative Section is looking to sponsor a series ofpre-organized paper sessions, Diamond sessions(, forums, and / or media sessionsat this year's American Folklore Society Meeting devoted to the history, theimpact, and the future of the Grimms's collection. We are interested in anyGrimms-related topic that you might propose, including those related to thisyear's meeting theme, "The Continuity and Creativity of Culture"( Additional possible ideas include:* The sources, analogues, and informants of the Grimms* The impact of the collection on scholarly and popular audiences* The impact of the collection in different nations* The publication history, and / or reception, of the collection in itsdifferent editions* The collection as literature for children, adults* The legacy of the collection, and the revision of Grimm tales, in literature* The legacy of the Grimms, and / or the collection in popular culture(including films, television, graphic novels, advertising, on the web)* The Grimms and the digital humanitiesIf you have a paper topic in mind, but need to find a panel, please feelfree to use the Folk Narrative Section's social media tools: we recommendour Facebook group ( andGoogle+ page ( as greatways to coordinate with like-minded potential AFS-goers.If you have an organized session that you would like the Folk Narrativesection to sponsor, please let us know. We are, as always, reachable viaemail at or Folk Narrative section will also be sponsoring our second biennial StithThompson Lecture. We are pleased to announce that our speaker this year willbe Kay Stone. Look for more information about that event soon.And remember, the deadline for proposals for the AFS 2012 Meetings in NewOrleans, LA is coming up March 31st, so organizing your panel and getting intouch with us sooner than later is a very good idea.Best,Adam D. Zolkover & Linda J. LeeConveners
by A. Zolkover
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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