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Friday, October 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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Migration across national borders reflects the conditions of an ever-changing world.  The impacts of migration include the communication and sharing of cultural knowledge across geography and across ethnic and community boundaries. Migration also engenders accommodation, both from the hosting communities and the new arrivals. This shifting landscape may spark both positive and negative emotions, as hosting communities and migrants experience tensions arising from cultural intersections and differences.

The New York Folklore Society invites participants and presenters to explore the topic of migration and its impacts upon cultural information and cultural arts from a New York State lens.  Topics could include the impacts of migration on healing and health; entrepreneurship in the arts; new ways of producing and re-producing cultural capital (mobilizing, enacting, validating); cultural migrations and gender; cultural migrations and a “culture” of migration; cultural migrations and intangible cultural heritage; cultural identities; xenophobia and cultural migrations; etc.

The New York Folklore Society views this annual conference as an opportunity to encourage graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers.  Proposals for papers and panel presentations are being specifically solicited from emerging scholars as well as from those working in the public sector. We also encourage presentation proposals from practitioners working in the areas of public health, education, and community activism as well as artists representing newcomer communities.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply; interested presenters and participants should complete the following form. 

Deadlines and Important Dates

Proposals Due                                                                                    December 15, 2016

Notification of Acceptance                                                                  By January 15, 2017

Symposium date – at the Castellani                                                   April 8, 2017
Art Museum of Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY


Please contact Ellen McHale (, 518-346-7008) for more information.

This conference is made possible thanks to operational support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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