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CFP: Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics

Tuesday, October 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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The field of folklore studies in North America comprises a small, but dedicated group of scholars who see a viable future for the academic study of folklore as well as applied and public engagement of that scholarship. The Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics (FOAF), planned by a group of Indiana University graduate students with the sponsorship of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and the American Folklore Society, will take place May 18–20, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana. This conference seeks to create a productive conversation about the field of folklore and what we as folklorists can do to maintain the discipline both inside and outside of the academy.

This meeting is intended to bring together folklorists from all career stages to think about and discuss the discipline as a whole. It is also our goal to draw scholars from a variety of programs and public sector agencies. This is not a forum to present individual current research, but to explore the direction of our discipline in its entirety.

This meeting will feature three plenary lectures from Kay Turner, Diane Goldstein, and Debra Lattanzi Shutika and an exhibit on the history of folklore studies programs in the United States with discussant Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt. We are currently seeking proposals for individual presentations and group sessions. In order to facilitate important conversations, we strongly encourage proposals for workshops and roundtables, but submissions for traditional paper presentations will also be considered.

Proposal submission ends December 15, 2016.

An email notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent the first week of February 2017. A preliminary schedule will also be available at that time. There will be a small registration fee to help cover the costs of the conference. Fees will not be due until after notifications have been sent. In an attempt to keep costs low for participants, we have arranged for affordable housing options with Indiana University Housing.

We are accepting submissions on any topic related to the future of folkloristics. Potential topics include:

  • Sustaining academic folklore programs
  • Folklore pedagogy within and outside of folklore departments
  • New directions in public practice
  • Theoretical foundations of applied folklore
  • Professional development and career directions
  • Application of folklore theory to the contemporary world
  • Diversity in the field related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality

For more information about the conference, please visit our website at  

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact the Planning Committee at

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