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AFS Supports Annual Meeting Special Events and Participants

Wednesday, October 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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 This year, AFS is sponsoring a number of special sessions and events at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis:
  • The Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, featuring the RedBone Singers, a Twin Cities’ group from the Ojibwe, Lakota and Ho-Chunk Nations, with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • A general Welcome Reception in the Atrium after the Opening Ceremony, and The Executive Board’s Welcome for First-Time Attendees, at the same time, in Ballroom Prefunction.
  • Kay Turner’s Why I’m a Folklorist project: completed videos will be on display near registration Wednesday and Thursday, and Kay and helpers will tape more interviews on Thursday; see the registration desk or information table for details about how to participate.
  • Two professional development workshops, 01-09 “How to Get Your Work Published” by Indiana University Press head Gary Dunham, and 07-10 “Communicating about the Field,” chaired by Lynn McNeill. Both workshops will be videotaped.
  • Conversations with Bill Ferris (04-02) and Tim Lloyd (02-05). These sessions are part of Collecting Memories: Oral Histories of American Folklorists, our joint project with Utah State University's Special Collections and Archives to preserve and disseminate the voices and images of American folklorists and the field of folklore studies through oral histories. Both conversations will be videotaped.
  • 02-09, a panel reporting on “The China-U.S. Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project: Retrospects and Prospects,” with project participants from the museums side of this AFS project: the Michigan State University Museum, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Yunnan Nationalities Museum, and the Anthropological Museum of Guangxi.
  • 04-02, “Fake News, Part III: Figures of Division in European Politics,” a joint panel with the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), organized by Dorothy Noyes, the panel features speakers who participate in both societies. The panel is part of a four-part series on “Fake News,” sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section (see 01-02, 02-02 and 05-02).
  • 05-08, “State of the Labor Force,” a public forum sponsored by the AFS Committee on Contingent Workforce Concerns. The goal of the session is to solicit input from attendees that will be used to generate contingent-worker specific professional development sessions for 2018 and incorporated into a report on contingent-worker needs to be presented to the AFS Board. 
  • 07-06, “Museums and Cultural Centers Community (Dis)Engagement and Essentially Becoming Essential,” thanks to the support of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, examines “community engagement” strategies, particularly from the perspective of local community anchors. The forum ends early, as the conversation will continue over coffee or tea and pastries at three locations that are directly engaged in these issues, on the "Community Cultural Anchors: A Neighborhood Foodways Tour," departing at 9:45 am; pre-registration required for the tour before noon October 20, though the panel is open to all.
  • 09-02, “Her-Story: A Feminism and Folklore Retrospective 2017,” the second part of a two-year series organized by Patricia Sawin and Kay Turner, this time focusing on our discipline’s study of gender and feminism from 1995 to the present.
  • “Resistance, Reclamation and Re-Creation in Minnesota Native American Women's Storytelling,” a special forum Thursday at 7:00 pm with five Minnesota Native women who are active in carrying forward traditional story content and modes of telling in novel formats, including film, play writing, poetry, mapping, and quilting. The program ends with a brief "meet and greet" and a book signing featuring works by some of our presenters. This event is made possible by support of the American Folklore Society; the Cultural Diversity Committee; the Creative Writing and Storytelling Section; the Folklore and Literature Section; the Folk Narrative Section; the Politics, Folklore and Social Justice Section; the Women's Section; Kay Turner; and a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • A Time of Remembrance, a reading of tributes to colleagues who have died since the last annual meeting, on Saturday at 4:15 pm. This communal observance is one of several ways we celebrate deceased colleagues: we also encourage you to contribute to the Memorial Board and Table to honor all of the beloved mentors, friends and ancestors in our profession who are no longer with us. The Memorial display will be set up near registration for the duration of the meeting.
  • The AFS Business Meeting, immediately following the Time of Remembrance.
  •  Kay Turner’s Presidential Address, “The Witch in Flight,” Saturday at about 6:00 pm.
  • A Closing Reception after the Presidential Address on Saturday, roughly 7:00-9:00 pm. The closing reception includes live music by Dan Newton’s Café Accordion Orchestra with light food and a cash bar, no tickets required. The performance by Café Accordion Orchestra is made possible by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition, the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee has planned two full days, Thursday and Friday, of CDC-organized panels and activities with funding provided by AFS. All sessions will be in Deer Lake, except for the Reimagination Lounge, which will run Friday, noon to 4:15 pm, in the Ballroom Prefunction space. See the Cultural Diversity Committee in the program book’s Index of Events, p. 177, for details.

Every year, AFS provides travel stipends to encourage the participation in the annual meeting of students, international participants and persons of color. AFS has also received funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies for an expanded program of student travel stipends and for selected annual meeting programming support. This year, 35 people will receive travel award and stipend support totaling just over $16,000.

The 2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee also secured financial support for bringing in presenters and participants from the state from the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Every year, AFS records plenary lectures, section-sponsored lectures, and oral histories; recordings are made accessible in the AFS Collection in IUScholarWorks and on our YouTube Channel in the weeks after the meeting. This year, we’ll also videotape and share the professional development workshops. In addition, the two plenary lectures—The Fellows’ Francis Lee Utley Lecture by Elliott Oring and the AFS Presidential Address by Kay Turner—will be available to watch live at See the AFS Review for the full details.

In addition to our customary print program book and program addendum, we will again be offering a conference app that can be used on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Information about how to access the app will be posted in the AFS Review and on the 2017 Meeting page when it is available.

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