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Carolyn Ware

CAROLYN WARE, Associate Professor, Folklore and Women’s and Gender Studies, English Department, Louisiana State University

PhD in Folklore and Folklife, Penn, 1994. Research interests: women’s folklore, festival, belief, medical folklore, public folklore. Publications: Cajun Mardi Gras Masks (co-author) and Cajun Women and Mardi Gras, journal articles and chapters on Mardi Gras tourism, Louisiana- Croatian folklife, and veterinary legends. AFS Service: former convener of AFS Women’s Section and EKM prize committee member, JAF book review editor (2008-2010), AFS meeting program co-chair (Atlanta 2005, New Orleans 2012). Other service: Louisiana Folklore Society president, board member, and Louisiana Folklore Miscellany editor.

Public folklore experience: AFS public folklore internship with 1988 Smithsonian Folklife Festival; Louisiana Folklife Festival director; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Folk Narrative Stage coordinator; Pine Hills Culture Program director; numerous fieldwork and festival contracts. Academic experience: taught field school and folklore courses at USM; tenure-track position in folklore, Louisiana State University 2001-present. At LSU I’ve received grant funding for interdisciplinary research on coastal culture and land loss, and a civil rights oral history initiative in Plaquemines Parish, among other projects.

My folklore career has been devoted equally to public and academic folklore, and I am committed to building more effective partnerships between these areas—as well as greater inclusion of independent folklorists, community scholars, and international scholars in the discipline. I am concerned about the future of smaller folklore programs or concentrations at universities such as LSU; if elected to the executive board, I would work towards strategies to protect folklore positions in departments with only one or two folklorists. Above all, I believe that our priority as folklorists is building ongoing, truly collaborative partnerships with our cultural consultants, and that this should include taking public, activist stands on social issues such as anti-immigration laws and environmental justice.

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