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POJO 2012 at AFS Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Wednesday, March 7, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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Qualia is pleased to announce the second annual Goodwin-Stewart Competition for presentations on LGBTQ folklore, to be held during the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, October 24-27 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans (specific date, time, and location TBA). The event is named after Polly Stewart and Joseph Goodwin, two scholars that have supported the LGBTQ community and Qualia Folk, as well as having worked tirelessly on the Qualia Encyclopedia of Gay Folklife.

For seven years, Qualia has sponsored presentations that integrate performance with research. Now we are focusing our energy on one competitive event. This competition is designed to encourage students and the recently graduated to try an integrated approach that captures the interest of the audience rather than simply reading a paper in defense of a particular stance. The performance-presentation approach is not wholly an academic paper, nor is it a show intended for entertainment purposes. It is a combination of the two that seeks to communicate a thoughtful argument through the strategic use of performance, broadly conceived, which may include Powerpoint, song, dance, costume, material culture, props, short poetry, jokes, chant, prayer, chorus lines, kings and queens, runway, etc.

One need not be a performer to give a performance-presentation, nor is a professional or seasoned stage presence required. This experimental format seeks to narrow the gap between researcher and performer by recognizing that there is a little of both in everyone. The performance-presentation format is meant to give scholars a different way of interacting with their own work and presenting it to an audience of peers.

First Prize: $500

Second Prize: $200

Third Prize: $100

Want to compete?

A description of the presentation (no more than 350 words) should be submitted to Kevin Mason and Mickey Weems ( by May 5.

Presentations should be between 15 and 20 minutes. The highest and lowest scores of the judges will be dropped.

Information concerning exact time and place will be announced in the 2012 AFS Annual Meeting Program (the preliminary schedule will be posted by July 1).

2012 POJO Judges so far:

Joe Goodwin

Polly Stewart

Jan Rosenberg

Pat Mullen

Anyone who wants to help us with POJO this year, feel free to contact us at or

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