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2011 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting

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October 12 - 15, 2011

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The AFS Annual Meeting for 2011 will be held in Bloomington, Indiana on the campus of Indiana University. We are extremely excited about this opportunity and we extend a warm welcome to folklorists from around the country and around the world.

The theme for the conference will be Peace, War, Folklore...

Questions of peace and war, of concord and conflict, are pertinent to any time and any place. By choosing the broad theme of Peace, War, Folklore, we hope to elicit creative panels that explore the role of folklore and the responsibility of folklorists in striving to understand how human beings interact both in times of calm and in times of turmoil.

There will be an Indiana University Folklore and Ethnomusicology Alumni Gathering on Tuesday, October 11th in 501 N. Park Ave. from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

And there will be pre-conference research and tour opportunities, and pre-conference professional development workshops... Scroll down to see them all!

Because Indiana University has a long history of folklore and ethnomusicological studies, we invite you to come a little early and take advantage of some of the facilities available on the campus, including:

Branigin Lecture: Fekade Azeze

"From Blood Feuds to Peace: Traditional Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Ethiopia"

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Performance & Lecture Hall
(800 N. Indiana Ave.)

Fekade Azeze, Associate Professor of Ethiopian Literature and Folklore, and Coordinator of the Graduate Programme, Haile Selassie I University, in Addis Adeba, Ethiopia, is a major folklorist and also a practicing poet in Ethiopia.

Sponsored by IU Insitute of Advanced Study, American Folklore Society, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

Reception to follow.


Faces of Fieldwork Exhibit Reception

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
(416 N. Indiana Ave.)

Join us for the opening reception of the Faces of Fieldwork photo exhibit at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures!


AFS 2011 Pre-conference Tour Schedule

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: Free (except for lunch)

Pre-registration for these tours is required, and will be on a
first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited.


9:00 - 9:45 am

Mathers Museum: “Bloomington Time Capsule” exhibit, “From the Big Bang to the Present” exhibit
Location: Mathers Museum
Contact: Sarah Hatcher

10:15 – 10:30 am

IU Libraries Folklore Collection: brief presentation, showcase of select materials
Location: Wells Library
Contact: Moira Marsh

10:30 – 11:00 am

IU Folklore Archives: presentation, showcase of Folklore Archive materials
Location: IU Archives, Wells Library
Contact: Phil Bantin

11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Archives of Traditional Music & EVIA: noon concert, presentation and tour
Location: Morrison Hall
Contact: Alan Burdette

Lunch Lunch will not be provided - bring a brown bag along, buy lunch at the Wells Library, or you may purchase a boxed lunch at the Archives of Traditional Music. More details to follow.
2:30 – 3:30 pm

Lilly Library: presentation, Richard M. Dorson exhibit, additional folkloric collections
Location: Lilly Library
Contacts: Elizabeth Johnson and Sue Presnell
Exhibit Details:

Tell Me a Story: Folklore and Folkloristics at the Lilly Library

The Lilly Library's collections include much to interest folklorists. The exhibition highlights selections from the manuscript collections of Stith Thompson and Richard Dorson, as well as materials from the library of British folklorists Peter and Iona Opie, books and manuscripts by Andrew Lang, early examples of printed fables and fairy tales, and traditional puzzles.

Hoosier Limestone Tour

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: $45 (does not include lunch, but does include gratuity for drivers)
Note: Portions of this tour will require extensive walking.

Pre-registration/pre-payment for this tour is required, and will be on a
first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited.


Indiana is the source for the best limestone in the country.  Limestone from Bloomington and the surrounding area has been used in such famous buildings as the Empire State Building, the Pentagon, and the Washington National Cathedral.  This tour will take you on a fun-filled ride to explore the production and use of limestone around Bloomington.

In the morning we will leave from the doors of the Indiana Memorial Union (built with Indiana limestone) and the Marriot Hotel to see local quarries, buildings, sculptures, and possibly a limestone carver’s studio.

After a break for lunch at a local eatery we will tour various cemeteries around Bloomington to look at tombstones made from limestone.  This portion of the tour will include extensive walking so please wear comfortable shoes and come dressed for the weather!


Folklore in Jerusalem Between War and (no) Peace:
The Jerusalem Project 1991 - 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
(416 N. Indiana Ave.)

Israeli, Palestinian, and U.S. scholars will address the terms of engagement that emerge and diverge in the occupied/disputed/contested city of Jerusalem. In light of the recent human rights violations against Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem neighborhoods, they will discuss boundaries and border crossings between political activism and academic research as well as the prospects and pitfalls of scholarly "dialogue" projects that engage across Israeli and Palestinian lines in the city.

Drawing upon their twenty-year engagement in developing the Jerusalem Project’s ethnographic and pedagogic programs as well as their ongoing involvement in grassroots political movements that are confronting recent events in the city, participants will assess their involvement in designing symmetrical frameworks that work against the asymmetrical power dynamics in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Project’s processes and products illustrate the limits of this kind of cultural dialogue, especially when it involves not only Israeli and Palestinian partners enmeshed an ongoing relationship as occupier and occupied, but a US partner as well, whose role is fraught with asymmetry and ambiguity.

Participants: Galit Hasan-Rokem, Salim Tamari, Amy Horowitz

Sponsored by: Indiana University Borns Jewish Studies Program, the Lou and Sybil Mervis Chair, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, the Center for the Study of the Middle East, and the Themester at the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University.


Folklore and IU: A Library Exhibit

October 2011

Curated by Moira Marsh, Denise Stuempfle and Shannon Larson.

Locations: The main lobby of the Herman B. Wells Library and on the 7th floor of the Herman B. Wells Library near the Folklore Collection.

Viewing Hours: The lobby is open 24/7; the Folklore Collection is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 am - midnight, Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am - midnight. The exhibit requires no admission fee and may be viewed by the general public.

The exhibit will consist of posters, artifacts, and a digital supplement that highlight the history of the Folklore Collection at IU, as well as seminal works in the folklore discipline that are housed in the collection and which center around the theme of this year's American Folklore Society meeting: "Peace, War, Folklore."

Pre-Meeting Professional Development Workshops

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cost: Varies

Pre-registration/pre-payment for these workshops is required,
and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited.


Workshops include:


Carrie Newcomer and Amjad, Ayaan & Amaan Ali Khan:
Concert & CD Release to Benefit the Interfaith Hunger Initiative

Friday, October 14, 2011
8:00 p.m.
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
(114 E. Kirkwood Ave.)

Carrie Newcomer is proud to announce the Midwestern release of her much anticipated CD, Everything is Everywhere and she will perform live at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Don't miss this celebration of the CD release of Carrie's collaboration featuring Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, whom will all be joining Carrie on stage for the show. Profits from the concert and CD sales will benefit The Interfaith Hunger Initiative, a multi-faith organization working to end suffering and hunger internationally. Also joining Carrie for the show will be Gary Walters and Jim Brock.

Promo Video

Advanced tickets for the Carrie Newcomer show are $18.00, and $20.00 at the door. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online, charge-by-phone at (812) 323-3020, or at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office located at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.


We're looking forward to seeing you in Bloomington in October!