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New Directions in Folklore at the 2018 AFS Annual Meeting

Monday, October 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

By Andrew Peck and John Price (conveners, New Directions in Folklore Section) ––

For the benefit of any interested attendees, New Directions in Folklore has compiled a list of sponsored events at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society. In addition, we've included some non-affiliated events that might be of interest to section members.

Sponsored and Recommended Sections and Events:

Thursday, October 18

12:45–1:45 pm

New Directions in Folklore Section Business Meeting

Room 101H

6:30–8:00 pm

New York’s Finest Hosts Public Programs Mixer, Reception and Live Music

Room 106A

All are welcome, but students are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to meet public folklorists in an informal, casual setting. Sponsored by the New York Folklore Society, the Graduate Student and Young Professional Section, and the Public Programs Section. Cash bar.

9:00–11:00 pm

Graduate Students and Young Professionals Mixer and Trivia Night

Room 101A

This mixer, sponsored by the AFS Graduate Student and Young Professional Section, provides time set aside specifically for mingling with other students, both undergraduate and graduate, and young professionals. This year, you can also put your knowledge of folklore trivia to the test (Which folklorist drowned after falling out of a boat? Which folklorist is in the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame?) Cash bar.

Friday, October 19

10:15 am–12:15 pm

05-04 Forum Strategies for the Future: Perspectives on Native American Cultural Productions

Room 101H

Sponsored by: Archives and Libraries Section; New Directions in Folklore Section; Politics, Folklore, and Social Justice Section; New York Folklore Society; New York State Council on the Arts

This forum presentation brings together Native American scholars and folklorists with cultural workers from public institutions to discuss emergent research and collaborative projects focusing on Native American cultural, social, and political life. Topics to be discussed include:

cultural representation and artistic expression in museum exhibitions (Maryland), oral histories of the experiences of Native activists (North Dakota), co-curation and digital repatriation of archival materials (Maine and Washington, DC), and indigenous epistemologies and tensions between orality and textuality in re-tellings of cosmological narratives (New York).

12:45–1:45 pm

Folklore and Science Section Business Meeting

Room 109

The Folklore and Science Section aims to provide a long-term forum for exploring the relationships among folklore and science, whether those domains are conceived as academic fields, worldviews, practices, or discursive framings. Though often approached as polar opposites, the two—like their sister notions tradition and modernity—are mutually constituting.


University-Sponsored Receptions

Several academic programs universities are hosting receptions for their past, current and prospective students, giving you a chance to talk with faculty and other students:

Folklore and American Studies Programs Reception: Penn State Harrisburg, Utah State, and UNC Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Penn State Harrisburg, Room 101A


Indiana University Reception. Sponsored by the Indiana University

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Ballroom


Memorial University of Newfoundland Reception. Sponsored by the Memorial

University of Newfoundland, Lobby


The Ohio State University Alumni Reception. Sponsored by the The Ohio State

University Center for Folklore Studies, Room 106A

Saturday, October 20

10:15 am–12:15 pm

08-06 Forum: New Directions Forum: Virtual Tradition-Bearers and Digitizing Traditions

Room 103

Sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section

The ever-evolving role of technology in cultural production creates many new avenues for folklore scholars to reimagine and recontextualize traditions and tradition bearers. By specifically focusing on the transmission of narratives, this New Directions in Folklore forum brings together folklorists with a wide range of research to discuss how technology helps save and recreate traditional knowledge, whether on a small or large scale. With insights gained from memes, oral epics, food practices, digital photos, material culture, and occupational folklore, participants consider the transformation of narratives—and folklore scholarship—through everyday technologies. Audience participation is encouraged to add depth to the conversation.

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