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2011 Annual Meeting

The Society's 2011 annual meeting was held on October 12-15 at the Biddle Hotel and Conference Center in the Indiana Memorial Union complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The theme for the meeting was "Peace, War, Folklore." The local host was Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. The meeting was well attended, by visitors from the Indiana University community, as well as the 750 who registered for the meeting.

Revised Program
The revised program and program addendum are available in .pdf format.

2011 Prize Winners
AFS and AFS Section Prize Winners were announced at the annual meeting.

Web Streaming of 2011 Sessions

Through the generous services of Indiana University’s Collaborative Technologies office, a number of sessions, including all the plenary addresses, were streamed live, and now may be viewed online.

To view these sessions, Flash must be installed in your web browser.

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Plenary Address; beginning at 1:12:00

Henry Glassie (Indiana University, retired), "War, Peace, and the Folklorist’s Mission"

AFS Poster Exhibitions, beginning at 02:00

Session details

Indiana University Folklore: Cores, Cohorts, Canons, and Crossings
Sponsored by the Fellows of the American Folklore Society, beginning at 2:30:00

John H. McDowell (Indiana University), chair

Barry Jean Ancelet (University of Louisiana, Lafayette), Regina Bendix (University of Göttingen), William Hansen (Indiana University, retired), Elissa R. Henken (University of Georgia), Elliot Oring (California State University, retired), Sharon R. Sherman (University of Oregon)

The Lives, Work, and Legacy of Three African American Folklorists: Kathryn L. Morgan (1919-2010), Beverly J. Robinson (1945-2002), and Gerald L. Davis (1941-1997)
Sponsored by the Association of African and African American Folklorists, beginning at 20:00

Marilyn M. White (Kean University), chair

Debora Kodish (Philadelphia Folklore Project), Diana Baird N’Diaye (Smithsonian Institution), R. Jeannine Osayande (Dunya Performing Arts Company), Adrienne Seward (Colorado College), Patricia A. Turner (University of California, Davis)

The Francis Lee Utley Memorial Lecture of the AFS Fellows
Sponsored by the Fellows of the American Folklore Society, beginning at 2:30:00

Patricia A. Turner (University of California, Davis; 2011 AFS Fellows President), chair

Margaret Mills (The Ohio State University), "Achieving the Human: Strategic Essentialism and the Problematics of Communicating across Cultures in Traumatic Times"

The Peace Corps and Folklore, beginning at 58:00

Mary Magoulick (Georgia College), chair

John Johnson (Indiana University), David Stanley (Westminster College), Elizabeth Tucker (Binghamton University), Sabra Webber (The Ohio State University)

Folklore, Fieldwork, and the Study of History: A Discussion, beginning at 2:31:00

Thomas Carter (University of Utah), chair

Meghann Jack (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Gerald Pocius (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Robert St. George (University of Pennsylvania), Michael Ann Williams (Western Kentucky University)

AFS Presidential Address, beginning at 13:00

C. Kurt Dewhurst (Michigan State University), Museums and Folkloristics: Folklorists’ Legacy and Future in Museum Theory and Practice

International Videoconference: An Anti-War Sentiment in the Performance of Mahābhārata, an Epic about War
Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section, with the support of the Indiana University School of Journalism

The recording of the webcast is at 
Updated background info about the event is at

At the Chennai, South India site:
Eric Miller (World Storytelling Institute), chair
M.D. Muthukumaraswamy (National Folklore Support Centre, India), "Paṭukaḷam: Performing the Banality of War and Evil"
A.K. Selvadurai (professional Mahābhārata storyteller), discussant
Jayachandran (community organizer), discussant

At the Bloomington, IN site
Catherine Kerst (American Folklife Center), chair
Brenda Beck (University of Toronto), discussant

Bloomington Local Guide
The local planning committee assembled a guide to eating, drinking, shopping, museums, and social life in Bloomington. 

Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology also put together information about area events of interest -- lectures and exhibits, as well as music, theater, and dance events -- that were scheduled Monday, October 10, through Sunday, October 16.

The Twitter hashtag for the meeting was #AFS11. 

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