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2016 AFS/ISFNR Joint Meeting Guide: New Directions in Folklore

Friday, October 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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By John Price (Section Convener, New Directions in Folklore) --

The New Directions in Folklore section has a lot going on this year, with both an officially sponsored panel and unofficially affiliated panels. Our section meeting is Thursday, Oct. 20, at 12:45 in the Tuttle Center. The agenda will include review of membership and finances, a preview of the upcoming journal volume, and awarding the Bill Ellis Prize. If there is any additional specific topic that you'd like to discuss, let me know and I'll be sure to include it in the rundown.The meeting is open to both current and prospective members - the more, the merrier!  

NDiF is co-sponsoring the forum The Folk Awakens: Star Wars, Folkloristics, and the Intersection of Hollywood, Narrative, and Memory -- Friday8am (Brickell South).  This is going to be a fascinating discussion about the place of Star Wars within both popular and traditional contexts, and I highly encourage anyone interested to join us Friday morning.

We are looking for section members to be each other's eyes and ears at the conference. Since most of us are unable to be 16 places at once, we'll be collecting conference notes, recaps, and reviews of panels and sessions to be published in the next edition of NDiF. While summaries and recaps are requested, short reaction essays or reviews will be accepted as well. Remember to keep your focus on how the session affects the future of the discipline.

I also want you to consider this an open invitation to those who may be interested in the section, but haven't joined yet. If you know anyone who fits that category please feel free to bring them along. Finally, be sure to follow us on twitter @AFSNewFolklore and the official hashtag for this year's conference is #afsam16.  

Official Section Events:
Section Business Meeting -- Thursday, 12:45-1:45pm (Tuttle Center)
06-05: The Folk Awakens: Star Wars, Folkloristics, and the Intersection of Hollywood, Narrative, and Memory -- Friday, 8am (Brickell South)

Sessions of Interest

Thursday, October 20

03-13 Mannerpunk, Myth-Ritual, and the Faerie Court: The Uses of Folk Narrative in the Works of Ellen Kushner (8am, Riverfront South)
04-07 Folklore and “Environmental Humanities”: Rich Pasts, Future Engagements (10:15am, Hibiscus A)
04-11 #BlackLivesMatter and Folkloristics: Three Years, Five Months, Two Days of the “Changing Same” (10:15am, Orchid C)
04-14 Theory (10:15am, Tuttle Center)
Lunch Session Folklore and Environmental Humanities: Open Discussion Workshop on Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations (12:15pm, Hibiscus A)
**Note: this is scheduled opposite the NDiF business meeting
05-04 Future-Proofing Folklorists (2pm, Brickell Prefunction)
05-06 Folklife and Digital Media (2pm, Gardenia)
Evening Session AFS and ISFNR Conversation on the Future of International Folk Narrative Studies (7:15pm, Hibiscus B)
Friday, Oct. 21

06-04 Folklore Meets Popular Culture (8am, Brickell Prefunction)
06-08 The New Public Folklore: Southern Cultural Work in the Digital Age (8am, Merrick)
06-13 Mediatization and/as Folklore’s Futures (8am, Riverfront South)
**Note: The 06 sessions are scheduled opposite the NDiF sponsored panel The Folk Awakens
07-07 Folklore and Environments, Part II: New Directions Hibiscus A in Place-Based Public Folklore Programming, Partnerships and Pedagogy (10:15am, Hibiscus A)
07-13 Talking Folklore: A Conversation with Leading Scholars of Folklore Theory and Practice (10:15am, Riverfront South)
07-16 The New Man in Black: Slender Man and the Development of a Digital Legend (10:15am, Tuttle Prefunction)

Saturday, Oct. 22

09-13 Network Everyday: Impacts of the Digital Revolution (8am, Riverfront South)
10-04 Folklore in Social Media: Perspectives on Continuity in Narration and Communication (10:!5am, Brickell Prefunction)
10-16 New Digital Tools and Resources for Folklore Scholarship (10:15am, Tuttle Prefunction)
10-17 Social Problematics (10:15am, Tuttle South)
11-08 Pasts and Futures of (Folk) Narratives (2pm, Merrick)
11-16 Unfinished Folkloristics (2pm, Tuttle Prefunction)

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