Folklore | Ethnomusicology & Public Sector II
F740 | 2438 | Maultsby


This course surveys the mission, history, ideology, and practices of
museums and archives, folklife or cultural heritage
centers/organizations, and state arts agencies; and explores ways for
students to use ethnographic methods and translate their research and
academic scholarship into public formats. Using research and
production materials from actual projects, we will examine the work
of ethnomusicologists, folklorists, anthropologists, and humanists as
researchers, consultants, curators, authors, and contributors to
public and out-reach programs and the development educational
materials for K-12 instruction.

This course also includes a practical component, allowing students
the opportunity to work on projects in conjunction with one of the
above institutions/organizations.  Students are encouraged to
continue working on projects (or participate in others) after the
semester ends, which can be arranged through practicum study or, if
available, internships.

Readings include the mission, history, ideology, and practices of the
above institutions as well as theories related to concepts of
presentation and representation.  Guest speakers will discuss their
work on public sector projects. Depending on the activities of
institutions and the schedule of class members, field trips may be
arranged.

Required Texts:
Bauman, Richard, Patricia Sawin, and Inta Gale Carpenter, eds. 1992.
Reflections on the Folklife Festival: An Ethnography of Participant
Experience.  Folklore Institute, Indiana University Bloomington,
Special Publications, No. 2. Distributed by Bloomington: Indiana
University Press.
Karp, Ivan, Christine Mullen Kreamer, and Steven D. Lavine, eds.
1992.  The Politics of Public Culture:  Museums and Communities.
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.
Compiled Reading Packet (University Bookstore)

Recommended Text:
Kurin, Richard.  1998.  Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Culture Of,
By, and For the People.  Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution
Press.  (FKL:  GR105.K87 1998)

Assignments/Grading:
Includes participation in class discussions; journal entries based on
notes and observations about the research and production materials
from  actual projects (25%); participation in a project (35%); and
two exams (40%).