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Internationalizing AFS: A Conversation

Friday, September 27, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The International Committee of the American Folklore Society will be hosting a "World Café" about international dimensions of folklore scholarship on Wednesday, October 16, 4:15-6. Please join us for a series of structured, small-group conversations designed to bring to the surface our collective wisdom concerning the promises and challenges of working internationally. We especially encourage members who are traveling to AFS from outside the United States to attend, as well as U.S. members interested in connecting with folks and the folklore enterprise of other places. Come mingle, meet new colleagues and share in the excitement of broadening our reach and our minds. We promise conviviality—everything else emerges from that.

The World Café is an intentionally inclusive method of inquiry that draws on the power of small, face-to-face conversations to address the questions that really matter. Participants consider a series of questions in small groups, speaking with mind and heart, and listening to understand. After each round, we gather into new groups, so that potentially everyone works with everyone. After several rounds, the ideas, questions and themes that surface begin to link and connect.

For more about the World Café, see the official site: You can also watch an explanation on YouTube:

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