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2012 Annual Meeting: Call for Research Poster Exhibitions

The 2012 Annual Meeting Program Committee and the Society are making a special effort to capitalize on the research poster’s special virtues for folklorists. AFS Executive Board member and Indiana University Associate Professor of Folklore Jason Jackson will curate the 2012 Research Poster Exhibitions.

Posters, a vital means of scholarly communication in many fields, allow for the integration of graphic and textual information. They share the strengths characteristic of the informal settings in which folklorists often learn, teach, and study. Many folklorists are deeply involved in studying topics that lend themselves to the poster exhibition framework.

The current digital moment has created new opportunities to extend the power of this genre. Posters can stand alone as documents of scholarly research in folklore studies, and can also be augmented through informal oral presentation or the use of multimedia enhancements. They can also be repurposed after a conference into gallery and web-based exhibitions. Like conference papers, posters can also serve as a foundation for other genres of scholarly communication, including articles and book chapters. Posters themselves have begun to be peer-reviewed, revised, and published in scholarly journals.

This year, in lieu of poster panels organized by the membership, we are soliciting individual proposals for poster presentations on one of three broad topics:

  • The Continuity and Creativity of Culture (the 2012 annual meeting theme)
  • Folklore Studies and the Digital Humanities
  • Historical and Comparative Studies in Folklore

Poster presentations selected for each grouping will be brought together to comprise one of three formal exhibitions, which will be initially presented at an opening reception on Thursday morning.

Three distinguished folklorists have agreed to serve as co-hosts for the exhibition opening reception, and to serve as discussants for the posters presented in each exhibition.  Debra Lattanzi Shutika of George Mason University will discuss the exhibition organized around the conference theme of The Continuity and Creativity of Culture. Folklore Studies and the Digital Humanities will be discussed by Jon Kay of Traditional Arts Indiana, while Dorothy Noyes of The Ohio State University will discuss Historical and Comparative Studies in Folklore.

The reception will also provide time for presenters to dialogue informally with each other, with interested conference attendees, with the hosts, and with other special guests. The posters will remain on exhibition through Friday evening, affording many opportunities for conference participants to engage with the work of the exhibition participants.

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