CFS Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 5 - 4/8/2016
Sara Cleto
Sara Cleto presented a paper entitled "“She Had a Wolf in Her Mind”: Disability, Madness and Epistemology in George MacDonald’s Fairy Tales” at the 37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts on March 18th, 2016. 

Brittany Warman
Brittany Warman presented a paper entitled “Shattered Glass Slippers and Blood-Red Hoods: Fairy Tale Fashion and Gothic Aesthetics in/as Narrative” at the 37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts on March 17th, 2016. 
Dorothy Noyes
  • "The Phantom Polish Plumber: Personification and the Conundrum of Worker Agency." 57th Convention,  International Studies Association, Atlanta, 18 March, 2016.
  • Roundtable presenter, "Humanism and the Renaissance Beyond Christian Florence." Ohio State, March 30th, 2015.
  • "Roger Runs Amok: The Mule and the Folk." Western States Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Berkeley, 8 April 2016.
Caroline Toy
  • Making (Fictional) Sacred Space: Fan Pilgrimage and Embodied Narratives" - March 19, 2016, Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association @ Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • "Journeys Into the Fictional: Sherlock Fan Pilgrimage and Embodied Narratives" - March 25, 2016, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference.
Katherine Borland, Cassie Patterson, Christofer Johnson, and Stephanie Aubry presented The Columbus-Copapayo Sister-City Project: Documenting 1980s Solidarity Activism as Local History and Political Folklore at the Society at the annual meeting of the Society of Applied Anthropology in Vancouver, BC. They discussed the various and emerging benefits of team-based ethnography from instructor, archivist, student, and community perspectives.
Awards and Honors
Amanda Randhawa was selected as a 2016-2017 William J. Fulbright scholar to India. Amanda's work as a Fulbright-Nehru research scholar will draw heavily on her background as a South Asianist trained in Tamil, Punjabi, and Hindi languages. She will conduct one year of intensive ethnographic fieldwork on Punjabi-Sikhs, generally from the north Indian State of Punjab, who have settled in the south Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Specifically, her work explores the shared ritual practices, narratives, and conventions that are enacted by Punjabi Sikh women and others, especially Hindus, living in Chennai.
Bethani Turley

Bethani Turley received a $3500 Summer Research Fellowship from the Office of Undergraduate Research to conduct fieldwork on local responses to the 2014 water contamination crisis in Chemical Valley, West Virginia. The reviewers judged that Bethani had written a compelling proposal and was well supported by her Comparative Studies faculty.

Brittany Warman received a travel award of $625 from Project Narrative to support attendance at the “Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic” conference at Kingston University in the UK. She will present a paper entitled “The Redemption of Rumpelstiltskin: Fairy Tale, Gothic, and Queer Possibilities in George Eliot’s Silas Marner.”
Kati Fitzgerald received a Mershon Center research grant for her forthcoming fieldwork on Tibetan cultural preservation projects.

Ana Sucaldito, undergraduate minoring in Folklore, was elected to Sphinx Senior Honorary, the oldest honorary society at Ohio State.
Dorothy Noyes organized "A Conversation on Academic Freedom in Turkey" with OSU folklore alumnus Yücel Demirer. Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 25 March, 2016.
Congratulations to Tessa Jacobs for completing the MA in English with her essay, Twelfth Night on Mountain Drive: tradition in performance.  Dorry Noyes chaired and Amy Shuman and Katey Borland served on her portfolio committee.  
Sadly, we have to announce that emeritus professor Dan Barnes passed away on April 3rd. Dan taught folklore and literature classes in the English department from 1967-1995 and was one of the founding faculty members of our folklore program. He also taught a very popular class on jokes—and was himself a very funny man.

In August 2013, Dan was a panelist with Pat Mullen and Amy Shuman for an oral history of the formation of the Center for Folklore Studies and the inauguration of the CFS Collection in our Folklore Archives. This panel was video recorded and is available in our archives. After participating in the session, Dan donated numerous boxes of folklore books to the Folklore Archives, and, a few months earlier, had invited his previous students to pick through his library and integrate his books into theirs, enriching scholars in the field.

In 2014, the Center for Folklore Studies created the Daniel R. Barnes Prize, which is given annually to the year’s best folklore paper by an OSU undergraduate. Dan was also a terrific pianist. He is survived by his wife, Holly Barnes.

With much sadness and sincere condolences to those who loved Dan and had the pleasure of working with him. He will be greatly missed. There is no one like Dan (though some folklorists famously confused him with Pat). He of all people would like to be remembered with humor.  

We will pass along the obituary and any funeral arrangements once we receive word.
Upcoming Events
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Ninth Annual Francis Lee Utley Lecture 
Allen Grieco, "The Taste of Color: Dietary Choices and Medical Knowledge"
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 4:00pm
Room 070/090 18th Avenue Library
Talk: Afsane Rezaei, "Beyond Religious Devotion: The Complexities of Women's Rituals in Iran."
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Comparative Studies Seminar Room, 451 Hagerty Hall
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Accessioning the Student Ethnographic Projects: A Discussion with Annie Craycraft
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:00 to 1:00pm
Folklore Archives, 218 Ohio Stadium, 1961 Tuttle Park Pl.
Columbus Folklorists' Circle (CFC) Meeting
Saturday, April 16, 2016- 6:30 PM, Amy Shuman's House
Join us to celebration Amy's recent teaching award and discuss the future direction of the CFC. Amy is going order in food, so please RSVP to Rachel ( by 4/10 at the latest if you are planning to attend.
Professionalization Workshop: The Field and Profession of Folklore
April 18, 2016 - 12:00 to 2:00pm
Folklore Archives, 218 Ohio Stadium, 1961 Tuttle Park Pl
Join us as Dr. Dorothy Noyes discusses the field and profession of folklore studies. Lunch will be served.
The 9th Annual OSU/IU Folklore and Ethnomusicology Student Conference
April 22nd to April 23rd, 2016, The Ohio Union
The conference theme is “Embodied Expression: The Body in Academia, in the Field, and In-Between” and the keynote address will be presented by Dr. Jeana Jorgensen. Register for free on Eventbrite.
Flowering Cherry Tree
CFS Spring Picnic
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Katey Borland's House. Details TBA
RSVP to Afsane at

*The recipients of the Barnes and Mullen Student Paper Awards will be announced at 4:00 p.m.
2016 Midwest Folklorists Retreat
Thursday, May 19, 2016 to Sunday, May 22, 2016, Columbus, OH.
Note on registration: Those who are in town or will not need housing can register up until the day of the event, May 19th. Though, we appreciate notice earlier than later. Email your registration form to Cassie patterson (at even if you want to submit the payment later.
Note for students: Course registration information is now available for the 1 credit maymester course with Jo Radner and the MFR. Information is located at the bottom of the MFR webpage.
Opportunities for Folklorists
Journal of Folklore and Education is accepting submissions on the 2016 theme, "Intersections: Folklore and Museum Education."
Submissions may include best practices for museum strategies for learning and engagement that connect meaningfully with communities, preparing students to visit museums, critical reflections on visual literacy and object-centered lessons, submissions that explore curating exhibits in the classroom, and other applications of the theme in light of critical Folklore in Education practice.
The Journal welcomes submissions of articles, model projects, multimedia products, teaching applications, and student work accompanied by critical writing that connects to the larger frameworks of this theme. Initial drafts of submissions are due April 30, 2016.
 Contact: editors Paddy Bowman ( and Lisa Rathje (
The Southern Foodways Alliance 2016 Graduate Student Conference
DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 15, 2016
The Southern Foodways Alliance, along with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, announce a call for papers, multi-media projects, or short documentaries for a symposium in the fall of 2016. The symposium will be held at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, September 19-20. Original research or projects on any topic related to southern foodways or agriculture are welcome.

Submit a two-paragraph (no more than 200 words) description of the paper or project and a short biographical statement to Afton Thomas at  
Please send your submissions for the next CFS Newsletter to Afsane Rezaei at, with "CFS Newsletter Submission" as the subject of the email.


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