Folklore | Public Practice in Folklore/Ethnomusicology
F532 | 28554 | J. Jackson


Fulfills Form or Theory

Above class meets 1st 8-weeks only.

The disciplines of folklore and ethnomusicology each possess long
and substantive histories of engagement with, and contribution to,
public policy and civic life. Public folklore and applied
ethnomusicology are vital concerns today and scholars in these
fields put their training and expertise to work in a wide and
growing range of professional settings in government, industry, and
civil society. This course provides background in the history of
public practice in folklore and ethnomusicology, examines the
methods, theories, and practical skill sets used by public or
applied scholars in both fields, and examines some of the most
prominent employment sectors in which folklorists and
ethnomusicologists work outside the academy. Special attention will
be given to work in arts agencies, K]12 education, festival and event
production, the recording industry, digital media, museums, and
social action. A key theme of the course are the ways that
folklorists and ethnomusicologists, whether employed in academia or
the public sector, can pursue work as public intellectuals concerned
with serving diverse constituencies and producing scholarship in
varied formats. Attention will also be given to ethical practice in
public sector work, including examination of key controversies that
have centered debate within both fields.