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AFS Sponsors Events at 2018 MLA Convention

Thursday, December 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The American Folklore Society is sponsoring three events at the Modern Language Association’s Annual Convention, taking place January 4–7, 2018, in New York City.

  • Three papers on “Destabilizing Folklore: Cultural Production in Moments of Insecurity”:
    • “‘The Rebellious Underground’: Lomax, Henderson, Lloyd, and the Conception of the Radical Folklorist in the Mid–Twentieth Century,” Corey Gibson (University of Groningen)
    • “Folk the Police: Blues Song Response to Law Enforcement in the Black Community during the Era of Jim Crow,” Mark Allan Jackson (Middle Tennessee State University)
    • “From Fox to Goldilocks: The Reformations of a Folktale,” Shuli Barzilai (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    Thursday, January 4, from 5:15–6:30pm in the Union Square Room of the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets).
  • A roundtable discussion of “Folklore Careers beyond and within Academia,” with:
    • Robert Baron (New York State Council on the Arts)
    • James Deutsch (Smithsonian Institution)
    • Mira Johnson (Pelham Arts Center)
    • Maria Kennedy (ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes)
    • Ellen McHale (New York Folklore Society)
    • Kay Turner (American Folklore Society)
    Friday, January 5, from 1:45–3pm in the Hudson Room of the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Sixth Avenue (between 53rd and 54th Streets).
  • A cash bar/reception open to all, from 7:15–8:30pm on Friday, January 5, in the New York Ballroom East of the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets).


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