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Mediterranean Folklorists Roster

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Eric Arthur Aasland, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, CA, USA;

Research interests: Turkic proverbs, especially Kazakh

Maria Teresa Agozzino, PhD, Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd. 61029, Bowling Green KY 42101-1029, USA

Research interests: Wales and the Welsh diaspora, Arthuriana, history of folklore study, folk belief, the ritual year

Cristina Bacchilega, PhD, Department of English, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, 1733 Donaghho Road, Honolulu HI 96822 USA;

Research interests: folktales and fairy tales; gender and fairy tales; folklore and literature; folkloristics and colonialism; Hawaiian mo‘olelo in translation

Katia Ballacchino, PhD candidate, Studi glottoantropologici e discipline musicali, Università La Sapienza, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5 Rome, Italy;

Research interests: the Migrant Feast; the Giglio Feast in Nola (Naples) and in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, New York); Living Tradition and intangible cultural heritage, rituals and local traditional systems in an Italian area, Nola, and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; a morphologic, symbolic, socio-political and cultural analysis of the processes of organization and realization of this public ceremony and of his migrations

Hande Birkalan-Gedik, Professor of Folklore, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Yeditepe University, 26 Agustos Kampusu, Kayisdagi-Istanbul, Turkey;

Research interests: folklore theory and methods, feminist ethnography, gender and genre, public festivals, material culture, memory, migration

Chiara Bortolotto, PhD, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France/Laboratoire d’anthropologie et d’histoire de l’institution de la culture (LAHIC);

Research interests: anthropology of cultural heritage

Tina Bucuvalas, PhD, City of Tarpon Springs, Florida;

Research interests: folklife of Florida, Greece, and Latin America; material culture

Isabel Cardigos, FCHS, Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005 - 039 FARO, Portugal;;

Research interests: oral literature, folktales, legends (Director of Centro de Estudos Ataíde Oliveira and editor of the journal Estudos de Literatura Oral)

Stephanie Hom Cary, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Italian Studies, University of California, 6303 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley CA 94720 USA;;;

Research interests: 19th- and 20th-century Italian literature and culture; tourism and travel theory; Italian colonialism; Mediterranean identities

Joann Cavallo, PhD, Department of Italian, Columbia University, 514 Hamilton Hall; MC 2835, New York NY 10027 USA;

Research interests: Tuscan-Emilian epic maggio, Sicilian puppet theater

Daniela Cesiri, PhD student, University of Salento; Via Taranto 35, 73100 Lecce, Italy;

Research interests: English historical linguistics and dialectology, lexicology, lexicography

Judith Cohen, York University/Alan Lomax Archive, Independent Scholar, Contract Faculty;;

Research interests: Sephardic music, Sephardic diaspora music, Spain, Portugal, Balkans, pan-European balladry; performance

Luisa Del Giudice, PhD, Independent Scholar, PO Box 241553, Los Angeles CA 90024-1553 USA;;;;

Research interests: Italian, Italian American and Canadian folklife, ethnology, and oral history: foodways (e.g., gastronomic utopias, wine culture and the cantina, history of pasta, food altars), material culture (Toronto’s archvillas) and belief (St. Joseph’s Day Tables, faith healers, ethnography as spiritual practice), oral expressions (ballads, neo-tarantismo, folk revival movements), children's literature (Tomie de Paola), oral history (Archaeology and Horace’s Villa in Licenza, Italian Los Angeles). LDG has produced many public programs on Italian and Mediterranean regional and folk culture in Los Angeles, California, founded and directed the Italian Oral History Institute from 1994 to 2007.

Celest DiPietropaolo, Independent scholar, musician;;

Research interests: Italian traditional music

Narjys El Alaoui, Musée des Civilizations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, 6, ave du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France; also Association Techniques rurales de Méditerranée;

Research interests: anthropology, Morocco, anthropology of technics, visual anthropology, ethnobotany

Ángel Hernández Fernández, Independent Scholar;

Research interests: edition and study of Spanish folktales

Augusto Ferraiuolo, PhD, Boston University;

Research interests: religion and magic in the region of Campania, Italy

Charles Ferris, Graduate student, ethnomusicology, University of California, Berkeley;

Research interests: socio-musical dynamics in the production of Neapolitan musical traditions

Valérie Feschet, Institut d’Ethnologie Méditerranéenne et Comparative, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, 5, Rue du Chateau de l’Horloge, BP647, 13094 Aix-en-Provence cedex 2, France;;;

Research interests: Provence/France/Europe: kinship, family memory, domestic archives, domestic writings (correspondence, autobiography, scrapbook class), migration (Vallée de l’Ubaye [alpine Provence]), condominiums (common spaces), material culture (stairwell, doormat, botanical gardens condominium)

Larisa Fialkova, PhD, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, The University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel;

Research interests: folklore and immigration

Jurij Fikfak, PhD, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology, Scientific Research Center-Slovenian Academy of Sciences, Novi trg 5/11, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia;

Research interests: rituals, public festivals, and performers; memory and identity; issues of qualitative methodology; history of European anthropology and folklore; heritage making processes; semiotics of culture; life of elites

Manuel da Costa Fontes, Emeritus, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent State University, Kent OH 44240 USA;;

Research interests: Medieval and Renaissance Portuguese and Spanish literature, Hispanic balladry, crypto-Judaism in Portugal and Spain

Laurent Sébastien Fournier, University of Nantes, 25bis Boulevard Guy-Mollet, BP 72206, 44322 Nantes cedex 3, France;

Research interests: history of European anthropology and folklore; heritage making processes; festivals, games, and sports; French anthropology and folklore

Edvige Giunta, New Jersey City University, 2029 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City NJ 07305 USA;;

Research interests: Italian American studies, the memoir, pedagogy

Alessandra Guigoni, PhD, University of Cagliari and Genoa;

Research interests: ethnography and history of food, foodscapes, ruralism, media anthropology, identity and community

Evy Johanne Håland, Researcher, affiliated with Unifob Global, University of Bergen, Norway;;

Research interests: Greek history and culture (ancient and modern)

Lee Haring, PhD, Brooklyn College (emeritus), 6 Cantine’s Island Lane, Saugerties, NY 12477 USA;

Research interests: island studies

Maria Hnaraki, PhD, Director of Greek Studies, Drexel University, MacAlister Hall 2023-1, Philadelphia PA 19104 USA;

Research interests: Mediterranean anthropology, folklore and performance; Greek music and dance as world music; Cretan folk poetry & ecology; Nikos Kazantzakis and music; creative, folklore approaches in music and language education; Greek food and bread

Maria Kaliambou, PhD, Independent Scholar and Lector in Modern Greek, Hellenic Studies Program, Yale University, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 301b, PO Box 208206, New Haven CT 06520-8206 USA;;

Research interests: folktales, oral literature, popular literature, history of books, history and theory of folklore

Songül Karahasanoglu, PhD, Istanbul Technical University. Türk Musikisi Devlet Konservatuarý, Muzikoloji Bolumu, Macka Kampüsü 34 367;

Research interests: Turkish folk music, Turkish popular music, Islamic music

Israel J. Katz, Independent Scholar;

Research interests: Spain, Western and Eastern Mediterranean

Marcello Sorce Keller, Chair, Study Group on Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures, and Honorary Research Associate, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia;

Research interests: music in Mediterranean cultures

Sabina Magliocco, PhD, Department of Anthropology, California State University, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA 91330-8244 USA;;

Research interests: Italy, US, Britain; Ritual, festival, religion, foodways, narrative; critical theory, ethnicity, and identity issues

Elizabeth Mathias, Professor Emerita, Anthropology, St. John's University, Jamaica, New York, USA;

Research interests: Italy; European history; the regions of Sardinia, Sicily, Campagnia, and Basilicata; shepherds and family life in central Sardinia; oral poetry; travel accounts; D.H. Lawrence's Italian works

Maria Santa Montez, Independent Scholar, SIEF member;

Research interests: folk religion, ethnology, folklife and oral literature studies

Carlos Nogueira, CTPP, Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda Da Universidade, Lisboa, Portugal;

Research interests: Portuguese and Brazilian literature and culture

Dorothy Noyes, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Folklore Studies, The Ohio State University, 308 Dulles Hall, 230 West 17th Avenue, Columbus OH 43210-1361 USA;

Research interests: Catalonia, Spain, Southern France, festival and political ritual, folklore theory

Sylvia Onder, PhD, Georgetown University;

Research interests: Turkish Black Sea village life, medical folkways, contemporary Turkish pop music and culture

Carme Oriol, PhD, Departament de Filologia Catalana, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avda. Catalunya 35, 43002 Tarragona, Catalunya, Espanya;

Research interests: oral literature, folktales, theory and history of folklore, folklore and literature, folklore and gender. Co-Director of Arxiu de Folklore del Departament de Filologia Catalana de la Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Arzu Ozturkmen, PhD, Bogazici Universitesi Tarih Bolumu, Bebek 34342, Istanbul, Turkey;

Research interests: history of folklore, folk dance and festivals (Ottoman festivities, Turkish national holidays), oral history

Fèlix Retamero, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Dep. de Ciències de l’Antiguitat i l’Edat Mitjana, Facultat de Lletres, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) Spain;;

Research interests: history of al-Andalus; medieval history; agrarian history; medieval coinage and fiscality

Sabina Rossignoli, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, 197, Rue du faubourg Saint Antoine, Paris 11, France;

Research interests: Mediterranean Jewish and Muslim folklore and popular religion in cross-cultural contexts, gender studies

Goran Pavel Santek, University of Zadar, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Franje Tudmana 24 1, Zadar 23000, Croatia;;

Research interests: southeastern Europe: culture, religion, economy

Suheyla Saritas, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Necatibey Education, Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Balikesir University, Balikesir, Merkez 10100 Turkey; or

Research interests: material culture, folk art, folk museums, Turkish folk literature

Joan Saverino, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA; preferred mailing address: 6912 Boyer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (preferred) or

Research interests: ethnicity and identity, gender and culture, material culture and dress, Italian and Italian American culture, place and space, and heritage tourism

Joseph Sciorra, PhD, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, City University of New York, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036 USA;

Research interests: religious folk art, festivals, cultural landscapes, and the vernacular modification and use of urban spaces, youth culture and music

Carol Silverman, Dept of Anthroplogy, University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1218 USA;

Research interests: Music, Roma (Gypsies), politics of culture, gender, state policy/minorities

Steve Siporin, PhD, English Department, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-3200 USA;

Research interests: Jewish Italian folklore and culture

Inja Smerdel, Curator, Rural Economy Department, Slovenski etnografski muzej/Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Metelkova 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia;;

Research interests: ethnology, ethnography, pre-industrial agriculture (hay harvest, grain millstones), animal husbandry (sheep transhumance, draught oxen), man-animal relationship

Tad Tuleja, PhD, Princeton University;

Research interests: US popular culture, tourism, memory and identity, representation of ethnicity

Meltem Turkoz, PhD, Isik University, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sile, Istanbul, Turkey;;;

Research interests: ethnographic methods, oral history, narrative, nationalism, history of modern Turkey

Larry Vellani, Elon University, Independent Scholar, Musician, performer;;;

Research interests: Italian traditional song and melody (musica popolare); Irish and North American traditional song and melody

Maria Yelenevskaya, PhD, Department of Humanities and Arts, Technion-IIT, Technion City, Haifa, 32000, Israel;

Research interests: immigration studies, bilingualism, biculturalism

Dorothy Louise Zinn, Universitá degli Studi delle Basilicata, Matera, Italy;

Research interests: southern Italy, immigration, patronage/clientelism, Ernesto de Martino

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