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Seeking Participants for the 3rd Annual AFS Pop Up Exhibition
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3/14/2018 at 7:37:58 PM GMT
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Seeking Participants for the 3rd Annual AFS Pop Up Exhibition

By Betty Belanus —

Hello, all,

Hanna Griff Sleven and I are once again proposing a Pop Up Exhibition during the 2018 AFS meetings. If you have not participated or visited one of our previous Pop Ups, the idea is simple: bring an object (or a few) which follows a theme (see below for this year's), be prepared to tell the story of that object to visitors, and start a conversation around the story.

This idea has created many interesting and meaningful interactions during the past two Pop Ups. Read more about Pop Ups here:

Please read on for this year's theme and the ways you can become involved as a formal or informal participant. The theme is "Opening Doors, Opening Dialogues: Sharing Cultural Knowledge and Memories from Homelands."

What happens when one must leave a "homeland" and establish a new one? Whether moving to a new town or a new country, or making a life move (such as changing career paths), how do the artifacts that we take with us, whether tangible or intangible, help us hold on to important cultural knowledge and memories, in order to share them with new friends and neighbors while creating a new identity in a new (literal or figurative) place? This Pop Up Exhibit invites participants and visitors to open doors (inviting visitors into the shared space of the small exhibit displays of objects, images and text) and *open dialogues* (using the displays as a means to explore together how cultural knowledge and memories can define and recreate homelands).

If you are interested in becoming a formal participant of this Pop Up, please send us a title for your presentation and a two-sentence explanation of what you plan to include in your display and how it will address the theme. You may also choose to join the exhibit as an informal participant if you are already committed to another panel or session at AFS.

Respond to Betty Belanus at and Hanna Griff Sleven at if you are interested in joining us. Thanks!

Last edited Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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