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2020 PCA conference: CFP deadline 1 Nov 2019 0 S. Lochetto Hi, I was wondering if anyone plans to present at the PCA conference (April 15-18, 2020 )In Philadelphia.  The deadline is 1 November 2019. Their suggested topics for presentations overlap with many folklore areas of interest.     
by S. Lochetto
Monday, October 21, 2019
AFS Gray Literature Collection Now Available on Open Folklore 0 J. Fivecoate The AFS-Indiana University Library Open Folklore team is happy to announce that a valuable collection of materials on current practice in, and the history of, folklore studies in the US is now available via Open Folklore: the American Folklore Society gray literature collection (“gray literature” refers to media not formally published or distributed, such as reports, works-in-progress, and conference materials). You can find this collection at This collection includes: Reports (1889-1948) on, or programs (1949-2015) of, every AFS annual meeting except one (1951)— one of the major annual professional conferences of folklorists in the world  More than 50 videos of major AFS annual meeting presentations since 2004 Indexes to the main AFS journal, the Journal of American Folklore, published since 1888 The full texts of nine other folklore journals or newsletters published by AFS interest-group sections A collection of syllabi for undergraduate and graduate folklore courses Several publications on the history of the US field of folklore studies  AFS annual reports and reports from AFS member surveys A variety of cultural policy, professional development, and consultancy reports from the field of folklore studies  The Open Folklore team will continue to update this collection as new material becomes available. The AFS collection is just one example of how Open Folklore can make important materials from our field openly available. We want to hear from other organizations who’d like to work with us to make their own grey literature collections open to all. Contact us via  
by J. Fivecoate
Friday, September 30, 2016
Vernacular Architecture Forum Seeks to Develop Student Chapter 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The Vernacular Architecture Forum is developing a student chapter. Interested students, please take a short survey ( and add your thoughts on Google Doc ( You don't need to be current VAF members. There will also be a student roundtable at VAF 2016 in Durham ( You can find the original call below: Call for Participation: Student Roundtable--What do current students of vernacular architecture have in mind? Vernacular architecture scholars are trained in a range of departments and programs, including architecture, architectural history, art history, area studies, history, geography. Thus, the annual meeting of VAF is an important opportunity for such dispersed students to meet up, exchange ideas, and forge professional networks. More than 35 years after the forum's establishment, what can current students do for VAF as future scholars/professionals in this field? In turn, how can the VAF assist in shaping students' careers and their ability to contribute to the field? This student roundtable aims at collective brainstorming about student involvement in VAF. If interested (even if you cannot physically come), please complete a short survey ( and add your thoughts on Google Doc ( If you have any questions, please contact Yuko Nakamura (PhD candidate in architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) at 
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
CFP: Encountering Race and Ethnicity in Folk, Self-Taught and Outsider Art 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The following is a call for papers for a session at this year's Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Roanoke, VA, October 20-22, 2016:Encountering Race and Ethnicity in Folk, Self-Taught and Outsider Art.Race and ethnicity have become major components in discussions around folk, self-taught, and outsider art. While these qualities often suggest ideas of community and shared identity and help us to understand the background of the artists, race and ethnicity have also been constructed around biographies of artists in ways that conflate and reduce the work of highly varied artists into large sweeping categories that are marginalizing. Eugene W. Metcalf noted, "Many of the concepts and approaches that have been used to define black art and folk art closely resemble one another,” which he argued "relegates black art to categories in which it is undervalued and misunderstood, and it perpetuates the social stereotypes that afflict black artists in particular and black people in general.” What does talking about race and ethnicity add or take away from engagement with artists in these broad categories? How might dialogue about race and ethnicity related to these categories of art move them into larger conversations about race and art in general? With this in mind, this session seeks papers that address any issue related to race and ethnicity in the work of folk, self-taught, and outsider artists from all geographical locations and time periods.Session chairs: Trista Reis Porter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Edward Puchner, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, contact: Conference InformationInformation about SECAC, abstract guidelines, and submission procedures available at: use SECAC's online form and submit your abstract and CV. The form can be found here: 2016 Call for Papers.Due no later than midnight on April 20, 2016.
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Thursday, March 3, 2016
CFP: Session on "The Social Web": World Library and Information Congress 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The Genealogy and Local History Section with the Asia & Oceania Section invites proposals for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ 82nd World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, August 13-19. Session theme: "The Social Web: its relevance for family, oral and local history" The accepted papers will, as usual be published on the IFLA document library. To encourage interaction and debate at the conference session, the session will be using a lightning talk model - there will be (a maximum of) ten presentations, each allowed no more than 7 or 8 minutes. Individual presentations should focus on a few central ideas or theses related to the theme of the session. This style of talk is also known as PechaKucha. Proposals should be submitted using the following web address: by March 18, 2016. Please direct questions to the session convener:  Sonia Pacheco (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth) at
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Journal of Jesuit Studies Is Organizing Panels for 16th Century Conference 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation proposals and complete panels for its 2016 annual conference, to be held 18-20 August 2016 in Bruges, Belgium. The Journal of Jesuit Studies regularly sponsors panels at this conference and are looking to organize panels on any aspect of Jesuit studies in any region, up to the year 1700. Please submit abstracts on topics related to Jesuit history, literary studies, art history, music history, or related topics, of no more than 250 words, along with brief biographical information (no more than 3 to 4 sentences, including affiliation, rank and one or two important publications or other evidence of scholarship) to Kathleen Comerford,, no later than January 16, 2016.
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Call for Papers: Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic 0 F. Society    Call for Papers; Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic. A joint conference of The Folklore Society and Kingston University, 15-17 April 2016, at Kingston University, Surrey, KT1 2EE, UK. If you would like to present a paper, please send your abstract (max 150 words) and brief biography to by 31 December 2015. More information at
by F. Society
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) meeting; Abstracts due Oct 15 0 A. Ridington I am putting together a session for the upcoming Society for Applied Anthropology meetings to be held this March 29-April 2nd, 2016, in Vancouver, Canada.  The working title of the session is: Curating Indigenous Knowledge: Examining the Efficacy of Oral History Methodology and Emerging Digital Technologies  If you are interested in participating let me know.  Amber 
by A. Ridington
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
2016 Textile Society of America Symposium 0 A. Intern The 2016 Textile Society of America Symposium will take place in Savannah, Georgia on the campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from October 19 to October 23, 2016. To maximize scholarly interchange, the Symposium will consist of multiple, concurrent sessions, plenary and keynote speakers, a poster session and curated exhibitions that will intersect with the scholarly program (see call for exhibits below). In addition to the symposium sessions and exhibitions, there will be a series of dynamic pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours to local and regional art institutions and collections, receptions, special programs, and an awards ceremony.The theme of TSA’s 15th Biennial Symposium is Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port. We invite participants to explore the ways in which textiles shape, and are shaped by historical, geographical, technological and economic aspects of colonialization and/or globalization. How and why have textile practices moved around? As they travel, how have they been translated, modified, or used within acts of compliance or resistance? What impact have different regimes of labor, consumption, aesthetic valuation, or political/social economy had on textile production, use, and circulation? These questions may apply to contemporary or historical fine art, utilitarian, or ethnographic textiles, which may be addressed through scholarship or creative practice.Abstract Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2015Notification of Acceptance to Presenters (via email): December 15, 2015Read here for more information.
by A. Intern
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Law and Crime in Legend and Tradition 0 A. Intern A two-day conference on Law and Crime in Legend and Tradition to be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015 at the Town Hall and Court Room in Huntingdon. Topics covered will include the folk culture of lawyers and judicial characters; fraudulent mediums and the rituals of the oath; celebrities including Jack Sheppard and Robert Kett; medieval outlaws, pirates, poachers and werewolves; and the Witches of Warboys. Among those speaking will be Alan Murdie, Joel Conn, Gail-Nina Anderson, Caroline Oates, Rosalind Kerven, Paul Jackson, Maureen James and Ernie Warner. The conference will be the tenth Legendary Weekend of the Folklore Society. The cost is £50 (£30 for a single day rate). Cheques, payable to the Folklore Society, can be sent to me at Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF. Read more here.
by A. Intern
Friday, July 17, 2015
Transitions and Transactions III 0 A. Intern We are pleased to inform you that the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s English Department is hosting its third conference – Transitions and Transactions III: Literature and Journalism Pedagogies in Community Colleges April 22-23, 2016. We will host the conference at our campus located in the beautiful Tribeca area of New York City. At the conference, you can expect a forum for practitioners to learn from each other by engaging in discussions that yield practical and useful ideas and methods in order to improve teaching and learning. We invite all those who have taught literature and journalism in the community college to send us an abstract. We like to create panels (3 persons per panel), so if you plan on creating one of your own, please be sure to have at least three faculty as each will be given 15 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A. Please forward the attached CFP to your department. For faculty not interested in presenting but would like to attend, please send an email to the coordinators listed below.At our last two conferences held in 2012 and 2014, approximately 200 plus faculty attended each one. The national conferences caught the attention of community college faculty from across the U.S. and around the globe. They have been a great success as participants found practical suggestions for teaching and improving learning. We will continue the conversations we’ve started and begin new ones as we address the most recent and pressing concerns teaching literature and journalism in the community college. The coordinators have also created an anthology with articles chosen from conference presenters. We plan on creating a second book and invite all participants to send us their papers for consideration.Conference registration information: $125 for full-time faculty; $65 for part-time faculty and $25 for graduate students. Non-participants pay the same cost according to teaching status. Checks should be made out to BMCC Fund and sent to: Dr. Margaret Barrow, English Department, 199 Chambers Street, Room: N751F, New York, NY 10007.If you have any questions, please contact conference coordinator: Dr. Margaret Barrow at
by A. Intern
Monday, June 1, 2015
Conference on Comparative Mythology in Toruń, Poland 0 A. Intern The 9th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology, "Power and Speech: Mythology of the Social and the Sacred,” will be held June 10-12, 2015, at Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Poland.For the conference details, please see:
by A. Intern
Friday, May 29, 2015
INTERNATIONAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS 0 C. Norton Welcome to the INTERNATIONAL THEATRE WORKSHOP SERIES 2013 ‘Players by the Sea’! WORKSHOP #1: September 2nd - 8th, 2013; Sozopol, Bulgaria WORKSHOP #2: September 9th - 15th, 2013; Sozopol, Bulgaria ORGANIZED BY the International Theatre Lab (Norway) in collaboration with the Theatre Pedagogues Guild at the Union of Bulgarian Actors (Bulgaria) TARGET PARTICIPANTS: actors, students and teachers of acting, performers of any background Acceptance is contingent upon approval of application, space availability, and completed registration. THE WORKSHOPS offer rigorous and playful hands-on training, combining exercises, improvisation, work with text and props, stage fencing and more. Each day ends with a facilitated group discussion where ideas are synthesized, and directions are found for further exploration. ITL’s great team of instructors draws on a variety of techniques, utilizing their rich pedagogical experience to structure the training sessions with careful consideration to each individual’s needs, as well as the group’s needs as a whole. The working language is English. AN EXCITING NEW FOCUS in this year’s workshops will be the utilizing of the natural coastal environment into the training and creative process. We will use the environment not only as a source of inspiration, but as a challenge to ‘translate’ this space into a theatrical narrative. MORE INFORMATION and ONLINE APPLICATION on
by C. Norton
Friday, July 26, 2013
CFP: SIEF: "Laography and Lexicography, or Finding Folklore in Dictionaries 0 L. Cashman The 11th international SIEF congress will take place in Tartu, Estonia, 30th June to 4th July 2013. We aim to gather 500 ethnologists, folklorists, anthropologists and others interested in European culture for four exciting days of keynotes, parallel panels, ethnographic films, book fair and a congress banquet. The Call for papers is open and will *close on 18th January 2013. We would like to bring your attention the following SIEF 2013 panel and invite submissions for papers. P07: Laography and Lexicography, or Finding Folklore in Dictionaries One of the many consequences of the interaction of philology and the study of folklore especially in the long nineteenth century is that dictionaries are often are repositories of folkloric data. Examples range from Feilberg in Jutland and Dahl in Russia, to Wright in England and Halbertsma in Friesland, not forgetting the Brothers Grimm themselves. And the data they contain ranges from minor verbal genres, such as phrases, riddles and charms, to descriptions of ritual, folk life and ethnographic objects. But the overlap between laography and lexicography, between folklore and dictionaries, is not exclusively located in such 'classical' dictionaries, many humble regional glossaries also are freighted with local knowledge, at the same time as they walk the interesting ideological line between region and nation in this age of nationalism. Similarly, judicious use of historical dictionaries, such as the Middle English Dictionary or the Grimms' own Deutsches Wörterbuch, can also add to our understanding, or provide antedatings. This panel is meant for the discussion of the phenomenon of dictionaries as a source of folkloric data as a whole in a comparative light and to assess the usefulness of the data to be found in dictionaries. It will include discussion of how the composite, cannibalized nature of many such dictionaries affects the data they contain, and how we might identify the individuals (or types of individuals) the data was known to, and to suggest routes for future research. All proposals must be made via the bespoke on-line facility that SIEF is using to handle all proposals. Proposals should not be sent by email. Please follow the link on the panel website: Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of less than 300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. The proposal may also state the audio-visual requirements you have for your presentation. Convenors: Jonathan Roper (University of Tartu) William Pooley (University of Oxford)
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
CFP: SIEF: "Body Techniques: The Arts of Using the Human Body" 0 L. Cashman *The 11th international SIEF congress *will take place in *Tartu, Estonia, 30th June to 4th July 2013. *We aim to gather 500 ethnologists, folklorists, anthropologists and others interested in European culture for four exciting days of keynotes, parallel panels, ethnographic films, book fair and a congress banquet. The Call for papers is open and will *close on 18th January 2013.* We would like to bring your attention the following SIEF 2013 panel and invite submissions for papers. *P35: Body Techniques: The Arts of Using the Human Body* Taking inspiration from Mauss' notion of the techniques of the body, this panel proposes to explore the current state of the ethnology of the body through various case studies. Paper proposals are invited on any of the various "ways in which people know how to use their bodies", from walking to dancing, from sports to hygiene, from sex to heritage, and beyond. Questions to address might include: How are human bodies constituted, theorized, disciplined, carried, experienced, and placed in relation to other bodies, objects, places, ideas and social codes? How are bodies apprehended in relation to society and to time, how are their presence and movement written or transcribed, and how are social and temporal relationships inscribed on bodies? Emphasizing the body as an instrument of articulation, as a medium of performance, as a site of experience, as well as a tool of investigation, the panel will explore the contributions of body-centered perspectives to current scholarship in ethnology and folklore, and, conversely, how folklore and ethnology may contribute to interdisciplinary scholarship on the body. All proposals must be made via the bespoke on-line facility that SIEF is using to handle all proposals. Proposals should not be sent by email. Please follow the link on the panel website: Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of less than 300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. The proposal may also state the audio-visual requirements you have for your presentation.* Convenors: Valdimar Hafstein (University of Iceland) Ellen Hertz (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
by L. Cashman
Monday, January 14, 2013
CFP: American Studies Association: "Folklorization on the National Mall" 0 L. Cashman I am soliciting paper proposals for a panel I am organizing for the 2013 American Studies Association meeting in Washington, D.C. If you would like to participate, please submit 250-word abstracts and a C.V. to by January 19, 2012. I will respond by January 20. This panel examines how the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife has articulated ideological positions on American culture through the selection and presentation of a variety of cultural practices from its founding in 1967 to the present. How have the "authenticating and legitimizing networks” (Whisnant 1991: 173) and specific spatial constraints and programmatic requirements of the Festival shaped the practices of those who have appeared? How have these individuals interpreted their appearance? How have they interacted with audiences and festival promoters, both during the Festival of American Folklife itself and around and outside it?  --  Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg Woodruff Fellow, Institute of Liberal Arts Assistant Managing Editor, Southern Spaces Emory University Atlanta, Georgia
by L. Cashman
Monday, January 14, 2013

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