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Annual Meeting Programming Begins Wednesday Afternoon

Friday, October 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The 2014 AFS Annual Meeting opens the door to all attendees Wednesday, Nov. 5, with two AFS section-sponsored lectures, 3:00-4:30 pm:

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    David Shuldiner Lecture

    Sponsored by the Politics, Folklore, and Social Justice Section
    Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Coronado

    William Westerman (New Jersey City University), chair

    Dharamsing Teron (independent scholar, Karbi, Assam, India), Exploring Karbi Folkore: Imagining the Other Worldview

    Colonial administrators and American missionaries labeled the Karbis "cowards,” "essentially unwarlike,” and "devil worshippers,” while others called them "rude,” "bloodthirsty,” "raw flesh eating savages.” Overall, the mainstream idea of a Karbi has been an array of confusing, contradictory, and contemptuous labels. Karbi ancestors abundantly made use of their expressive culture to communicate with unseen spirits and interact with them to establish a spiritual bond through sacred chants, prayers, healing ceremonies, divinations, and rituals for a balanced, interdependent, and mutually respecting relationship. This paper explores elements of Karbi worldview embedded in surviving folklore such as creation stories, origin myths, and ritual performances.

  • Lecture Sponsored by the Space, Place, and Landscapes Section

    Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Kearney

    Meg Glaser (Western Folklife Center), chair

    Jack Loeffler (independent and The Lore of the Land, Inc.), Perceiving Patterns through Aural History

    This lecture will address the relationships between cultures and habitats in the North American Southwest. Using a map of the watersheds of the arid West rendered by John Wesley Powell in the late 1880s, we will explore indigenous cultures and homelands in the Río Grande and Río Colorado watersheds, and the Sonoran Desert/Sea of Cortez bioregion of northwestern mainland Mexico. We will listen to excerpts of interviews, songs, and sounds of habitats recorded over a period of 30 or more years that illustrate how home environments shape indigenous cultural perspectives, thus contributing to a now endangered commons of indigenous human consciousness.

Immediately afterwards, 4:30—6:00 PM, all are invited to meet new colleagues and exchange ideas and experiences:

  • World Café
    Sponsored by the International Issues Committee
    Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Lamy

    Katherine Borland (The Ohio State University) and Michael Dylan Foster (Indiana University), facilitators

    The World Café is an intentionally inclusive method of inquiry that draws on the power of small, face-to-face conversations to address questions that matter. We invite international and North American scholars to gather to discuss the promises and challenges of working internationally. This event provides an opportunity to meet new people and work together on building stronger ties across borders. We will share the results of the inaugural 2013 world café and use these as a jumping-off point for our ongoing conversation.

The Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:00 pm.

Registration will be open Wednesday, 2:00—7:00 pm. Feel free to pick up your registration materials after the lectures, if necessary.


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