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Savannah Rivka Powell Receives 2019 Joseph Goodwin Student Paper Prize

Tuesday, February 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Meredith McGriff

The members of the 2019 Joseph Goodwin Queer Folkloristics Student Paper Prize committee were pleased to receive several strong submissions for the second annual prize to be awarded by the LGBTQIA+ section of the Society in honor of the founding convener and folk hero, Joe Goodwin. The submissions were diverse in their subject matter and varied in their theoretical approaches.

The winning paper, “Songs for the End of the Kyriarchy: Care and Repair through Critical Emancipatory Historiography in Folk Ensembles” by Savannah Rivka Powell. This paper was chosen for its solid discussion and application of existing theory and methodology, and the  intertwining of discussion of dance, music, performance, and dress. The committee particularly appreciated the discussion of Planina, the negotiation of non-binary identity, and the way that that identity gets both erased and allowed to shine through in a context that is artificially authentic. The section commends the author on their valuable contribution to the ongoing conversation of queer folkloristics.

Committee members want to thank all of those who gave us the opportunity to read their intriguing and thought-provoking work. The Goodwin Prize was created to encourage more and better student engagement with queer topics and theory in folklore studies. The section hopes that this prize – today, and in future years – can help to bring attention to the work of folklorists early in their careers, and can inspire others to join them in exploring the intersection of queer theory and folkloristics. Congratulations, once again, to the winner, Savannah Rivka Powell.

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