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2019 Annual Meeting Addendum

This addendum includes changes or announcements made after September 1, when the print and PDF versions of the program book were finalized. The online program reflects all known schedule adjustments, including withdrawals as we receive them.

Please notify us immediately of any further changes to the program at so they can be shared with conference attendees.


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Notable Folklorists of Color: Remembering Our Ancestral Legacies—An Exhibition Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Cultural Diversity Committee. Wed., 2:00 pm–Sat., 12:00 pm, Atrium, 2nd floor. On the 25th anniversary of the Cultural Diversity Committee, AFS highlights 25 scholars of color, "ancestors" whose significant contributions expanded research in folkloristics and laid a foundation for folkloristic work by people of color in communities of color.

Why are you a folklorist? Colleagues from across our discipline–grad students, newly minted and long-tenured professors, public folklorists, adjuncts and activists–have given their short answers to this question in short films that will be displayed in a loop in Constellation E/F on Thursday and Friday. The complete collection to date can be seen on the American Folklore Society Youtube channel.

The American Visionary Art Museum will take $2 off the price of admission ($10/adults; $8/seniors) for those who show an AFS meeting name tag.

Baltimore Comic-Con takes place at the convention center next door, October 18-20. Present your AFS name tag at Comic-Con for a 50% discount on Sunday admission. See for information about the event.

The Baltimore Running Festival (marathon/half-marathon/5K) will run through the Inner Harbor waterfront area, Federal Hill and Fells Point on Saturday, October 18. Plan for delays or alternative routes if you will be driving or walking in the area on Saturday. See for more information.

New Exhibitor: The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Constellation E/F


10/15/19 4:00 pm: See this UNITE HERE Local 7 Invites AFS Annual Meeting to Proceed

Additions, Withdrawals, and Changes to the Program

Wednesday, October 16, 9:30 am: Tour: A Walk through “the Reservation”—The Historic Lumbee Indian Community of East Baltimore
Correction: The tour begins offsite. Meet at South Broadway Baptist Church, 211 S. Broadway (between Pratt and Gough streets).

Wednesday, October 16, 4:00 pm: Get to Know AFS and the Annual Meeting
Change: This event will take place in Constellation D, 2nd floor.

01-04: Addressing Social Issues through Public Foodways
Withdrawal: Jillian Gould

01-05: Community-driven Cultural Documentation: Understanding Maryland through a Local Lens
Change: Shan Wallace can't attend, but Akea Brionne Brown (Maryland Institute College of Art) will join the forum.

01-09: Social Impacts of Health
Withdrawal: Akseli Virratvuori; Beth Nardella will serve as chair.

01-10: Boundaries and Belonging in Narrative
10/14/19 Withdrawal: Minh Vu; subsequent papers will not move forward

01-14: Perspectives through Partnerships: How We Embody Cultural Sustainability Practice in the Everyday
Withdrawal: Heather Gerhart

01-15: Diamond Session: Material Culture and Heritage Studies in Northern Guangxi, China: Ethnographic Reports from the China-U.S. Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project
Withdrawal: MiaoMiao Fan and Xiaoyan Liang. The adjusted schedule is 8:30 Dewhurst, 8:45 Jackson, 9:00 Kay, 9:15 discussion

02-04: Folklore in the Field: Defining Folklore in the Public Sector
Withdrawal: Jackson Hall

02-14: Grant Workshop for Folklorists and Public Folklore Programs
Addition: Sandra A. Toro (Institute of Museum and Library Services)

Thursday, October 17, 12:15 pm: Legacy Council
Location change: This event has been moved off site due to construction at the hotel. Contact the invitation emailed 10/8/19 or ask at the registration desk for an update.

Thursday, October 17, 12:45 pm: African American Folklore Section Business Meeting
Addition: This meeting has been called to discuss plans for a section serving African American folklore.

Thursday, October 17, 12:45 pm: Indiana University Graduate Program Information Session
Change: This event has moved from Friday to Thursday in Broadcast Lounge B, 2nd floor.

03-11: Madonnas and Other Enduring Goddesses
Withdrawal: Jessie Riddle. The adjusted schedule is 2:30 Mitra, 3:00 Bringerud, 3:30 discussion.

03-12: New Perspectives in Jewish and Israeli Folklore
Withdrawal: Haya Bar-Itzhak. The adjusted schedule is 3:00 Ben-Amos, 3:30 discussion.

Thursday, October 17, 6:00 pm: Festival of Ideas: Community-Driven Conversations
10/15/19 Update: Topics will include:

  • Challenging white supremacy and institutional racism
  • Artists’ concerns: livelihoods, partnerships, making the work work
  • Managing collaborations: beginnings, middles, and ends
  • Climate crisis
  • Visibility and viability of folklore as culture and as a field
  • Fieldwork, archival documentation, and accessibility
  • Innovation and creativity in projects and partnerships
  • The blessings and curses of social media

04-10: Practices and Functions of Ethnic Writings in Southwest China
Addition: Mark Bender, co-chair

04-14: Power and Community in Storytelling Performances
10/16/19 Withdrawal: Rohini Sharma. The subsequent papers will not move forward.

05-02: Connecting Collections and Communities, Part II: Engaging Social Justice Movements and Amplifying Public Memory
Addition: Joe Tropea (Maryland Historical Society)

05-03: Folklore's Animal, Vegetal, and Mineral Turns: Twenty Questions for Our Field, Part II
Withdrawal: Simon Lichman

05-06: Lift Your Voice in Protest
Change: Glenn Hinson will serve as chair.

06-05: Children's Folklore
Withdrawal: Nestan Ratiani. The adjusted schedule is 2:00 Barker, 2:30 Twining, 3:00 Rice, 3:30 discussion.

06-10: Case Studies on Chinese Poetry: Denotations and Connotations
Withdrawal: Jennifer Nunes. The adjusted schedule is 2:00 Shuyu Guo, 2:30 Jia Shi, 2:30 Sheng Long. Jia Shi will serve as chair, and Amy Shuman will act as discussant.

07-04: Cultural Diversity Committee: Retrospective at 25 Years
Addition: Rayna Green (National Museum of American History, emerita, and AFS Past President)

07-07: Claiming Culture and Building Community
Change: Imlikala Ao's paper will be read in absentia.

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 am: More than the Right Questions: A Workshop on Interviewing for Learning and Engagement
Withdrawal: Simon Lichman

08-06: Authority and Creativity at the Margins of Institutional Religions
Withdrawal: Alevtina Solovyova. The adjusted schedule is 10:45 Bhutia, 11:00 Saikia, 11:15 Valk, 11:30 Primiano.

08-08: Sounding Board: Negotiating and Resolving Tensions
Withdrawal: Ian Brodie. The adjusted schedule is 10:45 Fiadotava, 11:15 Shank, 11:30 discussion.

08-10: Women and Klezmer: The Soul Songs Project
Withdrawal: Lauren Brody

Saturday, October 19, 12:45 pm: Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) Meeting

09-07: The Driving Force within Local Community in Social Management
Change: Huijie Zhao can not attend but will send prepared remarks to be read in absentia by Fuyun Li.

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