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New York Folklore Society Graduate Student Conference

Thursday, July 28, 2011   (0 Comments)
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For over 65 years, the New York Folklore Society (NYFS) has held an annual conference, typically with guest speakers, such as master artists and academic scholars, who have addressed a particular theme. This year, in collaboration with Binghamton University’s English Department, we invite graduate students to present their work on legends and tales. In this way, students will be given a platform at a local conference to share their work and connect with other young academics from around the state. The NYFS seeks to encourage young scholars to continue their studies and become active contributors to the fields of folklore, ethnomusicology, anthropology and more. This conference presents students with the opportunity for feedback on works-in-progress and mentorship from the academy.

Theme: Legends and Tales

Legends and tales present characters under duress in extraordinary circumstances. They preserve cultural patterns and facilitate social change. Legends such as "The Vanishing Hitchhiker” and "The Killer in the Back Seat” have a kernel of truth; tales such as "Little Red Riding Hood” and "The Armless Maiden” are clearly fictional but have complex layers of meaning. When legends and tales inspire literature and films, they bring richly resonant traditions to the minds of readers and viewers.

This multidisciplinary conference welcomes papers about legends and/or tales from graduate students in literature, folklore, anthropology, American studies, cultural studies, film studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, social and cultural history, and other fields. We especially encourage papers related to the cultural traditions of New York State.

Deadlines and Important Dates

Proposals Due

Students are encouraged to submit proposals by August 15; the final deadline for submission is September 15.

Notification of Acceptance

By September 30, 2011


NYFS members: $15

Non-members: $20

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Mailing address: PO Box 764, Schenectady, NY 12301

October 01 – Nov 10, 2011

Conference date - on the campus of Binghamton University

November 12, 2011

Questions? Please contact: Dr. Ellen McHale,, 518-346-7008

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