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Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics
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This conference seeks to create a productive conversation about the field of folklore and what we as folklorists can do to maintain the discipline both inside and outside of the academy. By assembling scholars from various places, across all career stages, and both inside and outside of the academy, we hope to create real-world solutions for the difficulties facing our field as well as theoretical advances that will help it to continue to grow.

 Export to Your Calendar 5/18/2017 to 5/20/2017
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Where: Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana 
United States
Contact: Jesse Fivecoate


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The Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics (FOAF) will take place May 18–20, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana. This conference seeks to create a productive conversation about the field of folklore and what we as folklorists can do to maintain the discipline both inside and outside of the academy. The field of folklore studies in North America comprises a small, but dedicated group of scholars who see a viable future for the academic study of folklore as well as applied and public engagement of that scholarship. In the early days of the field, the subject matter of folklore studies was thought to be disappearing. Today, scholars from both within and outside of the field have stated the discipline itself is in danger of disappearing from the contemporary academic landscape. This conference is predicated on the notion that there is a future of folklore studies in North America. To be sure this future may not always be clear, but folklorists today continue to do great work. By assembling scholars from various places, across all career stages, and both inside and outside of the academy, we hope to create real-world solutions for the difficulties facing our field as well as theoretical advances that will help it to continue to grow.

This meeting will feature three plenary lectures from Kay Turner, Diane Goldstein, and Debra Lattanzi Shutika and an exhibit on the history of folklore studies programs in the United States with discussant Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt. A preliminary schedule and registration information will be available the first week of February, 2017. For further information, please visit the conference website: https://foaf2017.wordpress.com/  Questions should be directed to the conference planning committee email: foaf2017@gmail.com.

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