American Folklore Society Annual Meeting
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Folklore at the Crossroads
November 5th - November 8th, 2014
For well over a millennium human beings have traversed the high deserts of New Mexico, trading goods and ideas. The trail from the heart of Mexico northward that became the Camino Real de la Tierra Adentro (Royal Road to the Interior) existed long before the coming of the Spanish in 1540. Likewise did the trade routes from the Mississippi Delta to California and from the Rio Grande to the northern plains. Well before the French dubbed it a "rendezvous," the neutral Taos Valley was an annual gathering place where Native Americans swapped goods and knowledge. Myriad other routes have crisscrossed New Mexico, including the Butterfield Stage, the Santa Fe Trail, the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe Railroad, Goodnight-Loving and Chisum Trails, Route 66, and more recently, arts and heritage trails. Over centuries, these routes have transported people to the area, fostering ongoing cultural exchange of goods and ideas. Along with agricultural products came knowledge of their many uses, both as food and construction materials. Cosmological philosophies were discussed and religions blended.
Not much has changed. Sikh temples and Buddhist monasteries now share the Rio Grande Valley with Penitente moradas, Pueblo kivas, Jewish synagogues, and evangelical churches. Chinese environmental artists collaborate with traditional Navajo artists in revisioning the landscape. At its heart, Santa Fe, the state capital, continues to be a place of interchange. While traditionally home to unique and distinct communities, today Santa Fe is known for its vibrant and diverse population. It is in this spirit of the land as a cultural crossroads that we welcome members of the American Folklore Society to Santa Fe.
Just like the "City Different," as Santa Fe is known, folklore is by its very nature
a crossroads, encompassing varied approaches to understanding and sharing the artistic
expressions of diverse cultures. An interdisciplinary field with numerous applications,
folklore lends itself to consideration through the lens of the crossroads metaphor.
For the 2014 American Folklore Society meeting, we encourage our colleagues to explore,
interpret, and apply the idea of crossroads in multiple ways, including but not limited
Interdisciplinary approaches to folklore and folklife
Junctions of theory and practice
Stories of cultural collaboration and/or collision
Strategies for navigating changing demographics
Models for community engagement
Transnational migration and identity
Intersections of academic and public folklore
The convergence of continuity and change in folklore and folklife
The field of folklore in the 21st century
The theme of crossroads in folklore and folklife
So, come meet us at the crossroads, as we gather to exchange ideas and practices.
For more information, go to www.afsnet.org.
7th Annual Ohio State and Indiana University Folklore Conference
Decentering Power: The Art of (Everyday) Subversion
April 4th and 5th, 2014
We are happy to announce the 7th annual collaborative conference between The Ohio State University Folklore Student Association and the Folklore & Ethnomusicology Student Associations of Indiana University. This conference aims to create a space for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research in folklore, ethnomusicology, anthropology, cultural studies, material culture, literary studies, performance studies, and related disciplines connected to the study of academic and vernacular interpretations of everyday life.
This year's conference focuses on power and subversion – from grand gestures to everyday acts. In his book Stance: Ideas about Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture, Harris M. Berger wrote, "The irreducibility of power stems from the most fundamental nature of practice and agency, and examining this concept will put into perspective the relationships among expressive culture, stance, and power" (p.132). We offer the following questions as possible starting points for this examination; however, submissions on other topics are also welcome.
• In what ways is power constructed and what are possible methods for subverting power?
• What constitutes subversion and how is it enacted?
• How are agency, power, and performance connected?
• What links exist between everyday acts and grand gestures in building or subverting power?
• How are new and social medias (re)shaping the circulation of official and vernacular discourse?
• In what ways do audiences decenter or legitimize power?
• Where do we see people "resisting resistance," and to what ends?
• How are power and subversion enacted differently in the public or private spheres?
• In what ways are our research practices situated in fields of power, and how do we work with or against power?
The conference will have three opportunities for participation: 20-minute paper presentations, a poster session, and 10-minute presentations for works-in-progress. We will be accepting 250-word abstracts for all presentation formats. Submissions from diverse areas of study are welcome, but we ask that presenters articulate in their abstracts the ways that their topics connect to the study of folklore or ethnomusicology.
This year, we are also inviting upper-level graduate students to serve as panel discussants. To be considered, please send a short statement of intent (250 words) separate from any presentation proposal, explaining your interest and your area(s) of specialization.
All materials must be submitted by Sunday, January 12, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit materials in the form of a Word Document attached to your e-mail. Register for this event for free at http://www.osuiu2014.eventbrite.com/. For more information on the details of the conference, visit http://cfs.osu.edu/fsa/student-conference in the coming months.
PhD Student, Comparative Studies
GAA, Center for Folklore Studies
Graduate Co-Chair, Folklore Student Association
The Ohio State University