CFS Newsletter, Spring 2020. February 18, 2020
CFS Archival Interns to Present at FSA Conference
Since autumn 2019, OSU undergraduate students Ben Beachy (right) and Lily Goettler (left) have been serving as Archival Interns at the Folklore Archives at the Center for Folklore studies. Ben and Lily, under the guidance of Cassie Patterson, Director of the Folklore Archives, are continuing the work of the Ohio Field School and former field schoolers. Their Tender Letters Project works with Scioto County community partner Barb Bradbury (pictured with the students below) to preserve decades of family history maintained by women in Pike County. While past work in the Ohio Field School project focused on early twentieth-century family farm books kept by Barb and her husband, Ben and Lily are currently digitizing and transcribing years of correspondence between Barb's grandparents, Lenora and Jacob Lapp: the Tender Letters. These letters record the touching secret courtship they conducted before their marriage in 1915—their writing full of poetry and sweet words. The correspondence also holds an invaluable details about rural life in the 1910s. They illuminate the structures of social life at the time, as well as providing useful historical information on southern Ohio.

"When we started the Tender Letters project in August, I think we both expected it to be primarily a chance to get acquainted with archiving and folk studies," says Ben. "And it has been invaluable experience in the field. But when I think of the Tender Letters now, what immediately comes to mind is our relationship with Barb and Kevin. Working with the Bradburys has been incredibly fulfilling, and we can't wait to see where else the letters take us." In fact, Ben and Lily have plans to travel with the Bradburys to several of the locations mentioned in the letters, exploring the spaces Lenora and Jacob Lapp occupied during their courtship and tracing their paths through the letters.

Ben and Lily will both present their work at the 13th Annual OSU/IU Folklore & Ethnomusicology Conference hosted by the Folklore Student Association on February 21, 2020. Their panel, "Space, Place, and Digital Presence," will take place from 1:00 to 2:30pm in Room 350 A/B of the Research Commons in the 18th Avenue Library on campus. For more information about the conference and to see the full program, please visit the event website.

To learn more about the Tender Letters project, begun during the 2019 Ohio Field School by Ashley Clark and Emily Hardick, visit the CFS webpage devoted to the project. The Bradbury Farm Books Project, begun in the 2018 Field School by Mariah Marsden and Laura Thomas, can also be found here.
Hopkin receives UITL Endorsements & Podcasting Contract

Dr. Rachel Hopkin
 (alumna, Department of English) has received OSU Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) Endorsements in Digital Media and Composition (2019), Inclusive Teaching (2020), and Course Design (2020). These credentials awarded to individuals across Ohio State to acknowledge their dedicated and substantial effort in continued professional learning in instructional development.

In addition, Rachel has been contracted to make a series of eight podcasts for Ohio Humanities on the theme of Democracy and the Informed Citizen; this comes out of her Center for Humanities in Practice (CHiP) fellowship with the organization last semester. Congratulations, Rachel!
Dahlberg-Sears presents lecture in Japan

PhD Student Robert Dahlberg-Sears (School of Music) was invited to present a dual English/Japanese lecture on February 11th to the Japan Association for the Study of Popular Music. His presentation was titled: “Preliminary & Future Research Goals, Hopes, and Difficulties in Ethnographic Research Regarding Punk in Japan" /「パンクのエスノグラフィーについての予備研究および未来の研究目的・願望・艱難」 
Alumna Ziying You (PhD, 2015), now at the College of Wooster, has published a new book this month: Folk Literati, Contested Tradition, and Heritage in Contemporary China: Incense is Kept Burning. In this important ethnography, Ziying You explores the role of the "folk literati" in negotiating, defining, and maintaining local cultural heritage. Expanding on the idea of the elite literati—a widely studied pre-modern Chinese social group, influential in cultural production—the folk literati are defined as those who are skilled in classical Chinese, knowledgeable about local traditions, and capable of representing them in writing. The folk literati work to maintain cultural continuity, a concept that is expressed locally through the vernacular phrase: "incense is kept burning."

Amy Shuman - “[O]ne of the most important and far-reaching books of folklore scholarship today.”
Dorothy Noyes - "The account of Shanxi village adaptations to the cultural politics of Reform Era China and UNESCO conventions is conceptually sophisticated as well as ethnographically rich."
Mark Bender - "This ground-breaking study of folk literati, who record and document local culture outside the strictures of formal research or political agencies, has implications for recognizing the existence and value of local, grass roots intellectual agency elsewhere in China and the globe."

Her book, published through Indiana University press, is available for purchase on their website and elsewhere. Well done, Ziying!
No February CFS Monthly Lunch

The next CFS Monthly Lunch will take place on Friday, March 27th--we will not be meeting during the month of February. But we have plenty of other events where you can socialize with your favorite folklore people, including the 13th Annual OSU/IU Folklore & Ethnomusicology Conference! Check out the event list below. 
CFS Seeking Feedback on Archival Submission Process
For faculty and graduate students who teach or have taught Intro to Folklore (English 2270/CompStd 2350)

Cassie Patterson & Martha Sims are working to revise and update the process for accessioning projects into the Student Ethnographic Papers (SEP) Collection at the Folklore Archives and to develop a more efficient and user-friendly system for project intake. Electronic submission of projects is part of that stream-lined process. They are requesting suggestions and/or concerns about the process of donating content to the Folklore Archives from those of you who have used the current and past systems, working with/enabling your students to submit projects. If you have suggestions for information that is missing from the forms or should be updated--for example, they plan on expanding/extending the number of slots for interviewee information, changing terms (like “informant” to “interviewee”), and including additional keyword suggestions (such as “county”)--they want to hear about those. You can review these documents at the Forms and Registers page
In addition, if you have more general ideas for the process, for example, strategies you have used to help students navigate the submission process, those would be welcome as well. (Revising the “Instructions for Electronic Submission” is part of their larger project.) Feedback related to specific parts of the process as well as to either of their primary goals would be appreciated. You can contact Martha Sims via email ( with questions or ideas.
Call For Submissions
CFS Patrick B. Mullen and Daniel R. Barnes Prizes
Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Patrick B. Mullen Graduate Prize
This is a $200 cash award for the best OSU folklore graduate student paper written during the academic year by a graduate student who is actively engaged in the folklore community at OSU, participates in activities of the OSU Center for Folklore Studies and the Folklore Student Association, and takes courses taught by folklore faculty. Papers should be submitted to Cassie Patterson at, by 11:59 pm on April 1, 2020, with the subject line: "Mullen Prize Submission 2020." Read guidelines and more information here.

The Daniel R. Barnes Undergraduate Prize
This is an annual $200 cash award for the year's best folklore paper by an OSU undergraduate. It honors beloved emeritus professor Daniel R. Barnes, who taught folklore and literature courses in Ohio State's Department of English from 1967 until 1995. Papers should be submitted to Cassie Patterson at, by 11:59 pm on April 1, 2020, with the subject line: "Barnes Prize Submission 2020." Read guidelines and more information here.
NEH Summer Programs
Deadlines vary (many due in March 2020)

There are a number of summer seminars and institutes funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Programs. These projects are designed primarily for full-time or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students. Advanced graduate students, and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations are also eligible to participate. You can browse the full list of Programs and their deadlines on the NEH website.

Of special interest to folklorists might be "Engaging Geography in the Humanities," "Voices of the Ancients: Archaeology and Oral Tradition in the American Southwest," and "The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath."
National Humanities Center Summer Opportunities
July 6-17 (Durham, NC) | June 14-19 (San Diego, CA)

Passionate Teaching in a Research Environment (Durham, NC)
The annual Graduate Student Summer Residency will be hosted on July 6-17, 2020 at the Center in Durham, NC. This two-week program models and shares strong inquiry-based teaching strategies. University faculty from a variety of institutions lead meaningful conversations around undergraduate teaching pedagogy and approaches as well as frank discussions about the positive impact of passionate teaching in their careers. For more information on how to apply, visit the event page on the NHC website here.

Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public (San Diego, CA) 
The five-day NHC Graduate Student Regional Institute will focus on how to create research-based digital narratives in the form of podcasts. Tuition includes all program costs, meals, lodging, and a $500 stipend to the student. The NHC is pleased to welcome Barry Lam, professor of philosophy at Vassar College and mind behind the popular and award-winning podcast series Hi-Phi Nation to frame the week as our keynote. For more information on how to apply, visit the event page on the NHC website here.
Call for Participants: Bringing the Border to Columbus Symposium
April 9-11, 2020 | The Ohio State University

Proposals Due: March 16, 2020

This symposium will bring art and scholarship about and from the border to the OSU and greater Columbus community by engaging with academics, activists, artists, and immigrants  to interrogate the politics of American south-to-north migrations in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico, and the resulting death and disappearances in these borderlands. The symposium will ‘bring the border’ to Columbus and demonstrate how the border reaches into our communities far beyond its geographic limits. The symposium includes the exhibition Hostile Terrain 94 and a keynote address (April 10th, 5-9pm, Stillman Hall Rm 100) by Dr. Robin Reineke (University of Arizona) along with panel discussions and community-engaged activities with local scholars, artists, and activists. They will also feature a screening of Who is Dayani Cristal?, a film by Gael García Bernal and Marc Silver. Full program coming soon.

Additionally, the symposium will host a writing workshop for university and community scholars to collaborate on the topics of mobility, migrations, and borderlands. Faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and community scholars are invited to apply to share and receive critical feedback on research in process. We invite participants from any disciplinary field whose work engages topics related to immigration and borders from a variety of perspectives including, but not limited to, study of migrants’ places of origin, transit, or destination; human, cultural, and linguistic mobilities; art and performance; policy and governance; labor and economics; and activism and resistance. Some questions of interest to this symposium include: How do we theorize the border? Do we only analyze physical borders? What about other kinds of borders and crossings? Are there other ways of conceiving of border theory? How do we trouble the way that borders have been theorized? What are the roles of academic and community knowledges in producing theories of borders and crossings? What equips us to do this work? Where can we make an impact? To apply to participate, please submit a title, 250 word abstract, and short biography to Danielle Schoon ( by Monday, March 16, 2020. Please include BBCS Paper Workshop in the subject line. Abstracts should briefly describe the project, including its intended audience, methods, and central questions. Those accepted to the workshop will be required to submit a draft of their paper (1500-2500 words) by March 30th. Participants will be required to read 3-4 papers in preparation for the workshop. 

The symposium is funded by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme and co-sponsored by the Latina/o Studies Program, the Center for Folklore Studies, and the Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC). The conference is free and open to the public.
13th Annual OSU/IU Folklore & Ethnomusicology Conference
Friday, February 21 & 22, 2020 | Events throughout the day
Research Commons, 18th Ave Library (Friday) & Denney Hall (Saturday)

The Folklore Student Association (FSA) at the Ohio State University, in collaboration with the Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, will be hosting the 13th Annual IU/OSU Conference with the title of 20/20 (Re)Vision: Looking Back, Thinking Forward. The conference invites participants to foreground alternative, decolonial, and under-acknowledged perspectives that engage critically with disciplinary origins across folklore and ethnomusicology graduate student scholarship. Events begin Friday afternoon (Feb 21) and go until the end of the day Saturday (Feb 22). Information on our Friday Keynote speaker can be found below. Programs will be forthcoming, but in the meantime please visit our event website for more information. This conference is FREE and OPEN to the public.
OSU/IU Conference Keynote: Dr. Rachel V. González-Martin (UT-Austin)
Friday, February 21, 2020 | 5:15 to 6:15pm
Research Commons, 18th Ave Library

The Folklore Student Association is pleased to announce this year's keynote speaker: Dr. Rachel González-Martin, folklorist and Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her address, titled "The Future of Folklore is Feminist: Intersectional Feminist Practice and US American Folklore Studies," explore the role of women, femme, queer, nb, and transfeminist community perspectives in a future of folklore studies that explicitly foreground intersectional understandings of human rights, local action, critical theory, and positional politics.

Dr. González-Martin earned her PhD in Folklore at Indiana University and a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. She is the author of Quinceañera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities (2019). She is the co-editor of Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture (2018). She is currently conducting ethnographic fieldwork in minority women owned nail salons across the US for her second monograph focusing on  women of color feminist praxis and social entrepreneurship. She is also currently collaborating on a new multi-authored project tentatively titled, The Academic Uncanny: Spectres of Belief and Epistemologies of Refusal.

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Student Association, the Comparative Studies Graduate Student Group, the Graduate Student Interest Group for the Study of Expressive Culture (EMIC), the Center for Folklore Studies, and the Folklore & Ethnomusicology Graduate Student Associations (Indiana University). This event is free and open to the public.
Student Coffee Hour with Dr. Kyrre Kverndokk (U of Bergen)
Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 2:30 to 3:30pm
Heirloom Café (1871 N High St)

The Center for Folklore Studies is pleased to sponsor a Student Coffee Hour with visiting folklorist Dr. Kyrre Kverndokk (Cultural Studies, University of Bergen) on Thursday, February 27th. On Friday, Kverndokk will be presenting at the Exemplarity Conference sponsored by the Mershon Center (see event below). Kverndokk specializes in environmental humanities, belief studies, archives, memory, disaster narratives, and Scandinavian studies. Please contact Mariah Marsden ( to RSVP for the Thursday Coffee Hour.
Conference: “Exemplarity: Performance, Influence, and Friction in Political Innovation”
Friday, February 28 to Saturday, February 29, 2020
Mershon Center (1501 Neil Ave), Room 120

Tracing political exemplarity through a range of cases, this conference (organized by Dorothy Noyes, Ohio State, and Tobias Wille, Columbia University and Goethe University Frankfurt) seeks to make sense of the interplay among rhetorics and ideologies of performance, empirical processes of influence, and the frictions of interaction among differentially positioned actors in changing contexts. The friction that inevitably results from contact between various disciplinary perspectives will generate exemplary insight into a phenomenon more often taken for granted than critically examined. 

Friday afternoon (12pm) will feature a panel on Exemplary Rhetorics of special interest to folklorists: Dr. Kyrre Kverndokk, folklorist and professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Bergen, will be presenting on "Greta Thunberg, 'the child' and the polyphonic Vorbild." To register for the event and to find a full list of panels and events, please visit the event page on Mershon Center website here.
Workshop with Tim Lloyd
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 2:00 to 4:00pm
Humanities Institute (189A Hagerty Hall)

In this workshop, "Finding Funding for Your Work in Folklore Studies," Tim Lloyd (Executive Director of AFS, 2000-2018) will share practical information about the primary organizations that fund folklore work, and about successful strategies for finding support for your work in the field. In order to practice in the field of folklore studies fully and effectively, and to ensure through that practice the community and vibrancy of the field as a whole, folklorists need to become familiar with the field’s past and present institutional and professional landscape, including those organizations that provide financial support for folklore research and public education.

To register for the workshop, fill out the 2019-20 Graduate Workshop Registration form and select the appropriate session from the dropdown menu. For more information about the event, workshop leader, and how to count this workshop towards graduate workshop credit, please visit the event page
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