The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

 

Community: Resistance, Reclamation, and Re-Creation

Whose traditions get to be expressed, sanctioned and studied and whose do not?  When the exclusionary dominant version is the worldview accepted as official, what costs do communities outside the dominant group pay in terms of sustaining their traditions? How do power, privilege, whiteness, and intersectionality shape the story? Where are those structures that reinforce or challenge systems of exclusion?

As folklorists, we are committed to exploring the absent, invisible, and counter expressions of communities in our midst. These creations can be sites of re-creating community in the face of disruption, reclaiming traditional knowledge, and resisting the power structures that silence or marginalize them.

This year’s organizing team invites participants to examine, interpret and explore the breadth of this topic. Relevant topics especially include cultural issues facing transnational communities, New Americans and communities of color as well as other communities (e.g., disabilities, LGBTQ) whose identities and cultures have been invisible. The work of public folklorists and folklorists in the schools may have much to offer on this topic as well.  Of course, in addition to this topic, we encourage participants to explore the full dimensions of their scholarship, regardless of topic.

The 128th Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of US and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen friendships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required.

You can find more information about the meeting, including instructions for submitting proposals, beginning February 1, 2016, at http://www.afsnet.org/page/2017AM.

 Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2017

Meeting Information:

October 18-21, 2017

Marriott City Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Contact info:

Lorraine Walsh Cashman

American Folklore Society

Classroom-Office Building, Indiana University

1800 East Third Street

Bloomington, IN 47405

812-856-2422; fax: 812-856-2483

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