CFS Newsletter, Spring 2020. January 14, 2020
Flagler & Borland: Wilderness First Responders
In the photo above, Moriah Flagler practices the fireman’s carry on Dr. Katherine Borland during their seven day Wilderness First Responder training session, hosted by OSU’s outdoor adventures and paid for by the Livable Futures discovery theme. Both Flagler and Borland are now WFR certified, after participating in a harrowing nighttime rescue of airplane crash victims in the woods behind OSU’s experimental farm during subzero temperatures. If you happen to experience spontaneous pneumothorax (punctured lung) while hiking, they can keep you breathing until medical help arrives. If you break your femur, they can theoretically assemble a traction splint so you don’t bleed out before medical help arrives. If you contract plague because you skinned a squirrel barehanded, they'll at least know what you’re suffering from (sorry, they aren’t authorized to administer antibiotics). Call them for your next thru-hike. They're ready to serve!
News from Be The Street

Postdoc Moriah Flagler will continue on for a third year thanks to a $100,000 Community Engagement Grant from the Global Arts + Humanities discovery theme. In 2020-2021, Flagler and CFS Director Katherine Borland plan to transition the community devised theatre project from a University-Community Collaboration to project anchored by United Way trained community leaders working across the city. Borland and Flagler will also produce a White Paper on exiting ethically and constructively from communities, a key aspect of all University-community engagements.
Borland on Nonviolent Resistance & Cultural Appropriation

CFS Director Katherine Borland gave a Skype presentation to the monthly meeting of the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment (ANHE) on nonviolent resistance and collective action. ANHE members have participated in Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Fridays—a series of civil disobedience actions in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness around the urgent need for climate justice.

In addtion, High School student Kayla Estrada, Editor in Chief of The Knight Times, wrote an essay about cultural appropriation to address issues occurring in her Cincinnati-area high school. Borland offered a Folklore take on the issue for the article. Check out the piece on The Knight Times website here. 
Ethnomusicology PhD Candidate Featured on Podcast

Sophia Enriquez
 (School of Music) was a recent guest on the Ohio Habla podcast. She talks about her work documenting the musical migration history of her family from the U.S.-Mexico border, to the Mississippi Delta, to Southern Ohio. Sophia is a practitioner of Appalachian and Mexican folk music (including bluegrass, mariachi, and canción ranchera) and performs in Columbus, Ohio as part of the Good Time Girls, a female folk trio that writes original music inspired by intersectional experiences. Listen here.
PhD Candidate bound for Vermont

Caroline Toy recently moved to Burlington, Vermont, to start a new position as Learning Experience Designer in the Center for Learning and Teaching at Champlain College. She'll return this spring to defend her dissertation.
Varajon Onscreen

Our very own Sydney Varajon (PhD candidate) was spotted in the Hallmark Channel film Christmas at Dollywood which aired in December. For Sydney it was fieldwork, of course. Nevertheless, congratulations on her Hallmark picture debut! (Photo credit: Amy Shuman)
Folklore Alumnus featured in the AFS Review

Dr. Kate Horigan received her PhD in English and Folklore from the Ohio State University in 2013. In an interview for the American Folklore Society Review as the "Featured Folklorist," Dr. Horigan discussed her past projects, her current work at Bowling Green (KY), and how she came to be a folklorist. Check out the full interview and learn more about her work with Hurricane Katrina survivors and Bosnian refugees at the AFS website here.
Application Deadline Extended for Education Abroad Course

With the city of London as its focus, this Education Abroad course (ENGLISH 4554: English Studies and Global Human Rights) will explore global migration in the context of the current crisis around refugees. Framed around five key terms – migration, suspicion, crisis, exhaustion and fusion — we will study cultural representations (art, literature, film, theatre, exhibitions and photography) with an emphasis on London’s rich history of immigration and present emphases on national security. We will study national and international policies and debates and meet with London organizations that work with refugees. The cousre will take place during summer session I, from May 9-24, 2020. The application deadline for this course has been extended to Jan. 15, 2020--please visit the course website for information about applying.
Alumnus Dr. Amanda Randhawa--currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at OU--has a new publication: "A Goddess and a Pañcāyat President: Narrative, Sanctity, and Authority in Rural Tamil Nadu" in the International Journal of Hindu Studies. In an examination of the interdependent relationship between narrative and ritual, this article discusses a ritual dilemma solved through narrative to explore how narrative sustains authority usually enacted, validated, and supported by ritual practice. Her article is available through the OSU Library System and can be found here.
Postdoctoral fellow Moriah Flagler (Department of Theater) has recently published an article in the Youth Theater Journal titled, "Beyond the 'basic stuff': Authentic Caring and Digital Storytelling with Youth." Building on the scholarship surrounding critical race theory and applied theatre, this article examines how young people in a Spanish for Heritage Speakers class navigated self and group representation during a digital storytelling residency aimed at disrupting subtractive schooling. Flagler illustrates how digital storytelling as applied theatre positioned the young people as creators of digital media and opened opportunities to recognize their own and each other's cultural wealth. You can access Flagler's article via the OSU Library system here.
Check out CFS Director Dr. Katey Borland’s recent article on the Be The Street project in the Folklore Fellows News. In "Beyond Content Analysis: Narratives of Belonging in a Changing Neighborhood," she discusses the narratives of community activists in the project and the dynamics of their community networks. You can read more about the project as a downloadable file here. The article was based on her presentation on May 6th, 2019, at the Finnish Literature Society Oral History panel on the uses and reuses of exploratory interviewing. She compared the life review stories of three of community activists in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus—John Rush, Ramona Reyes, and Annette Jefferson—to consider the interracial dynamics of neighborhood belonging.
Dr. Yiorgos Anagnostou (Department of Classics) has published an essay on "Spectacular Incorporations: American Sports, Ethnic Heritage Night, and Greek America" through Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. His essay reflects on the Ethnic Heritage Nights in American professional sports, representations of Greek heritage and spectacles of ethnicity. You can find his essay published on the Ergon website here.
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.
Call for Applications
Temporary Positions at the 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Deadline: January 24, 2020

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage will begin interviewing in late January for the following anticipated temporary salaried positions with the 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The Festival will take place June 24-28 and July 1-5, 2020, and will feature programs on Brazil, United Arab Emirates, and more.
  • OPERATIONS SUPPORT: Accessibility Assistant, Exhibit Worker/Operations, Supply Assistant, Supply Coordinator
  • PROGRAM SUPPORT: Financial Administrative Assistant, Foodways Assistant, Graphic Design Assistant, Coordinator, Marketplace Assistant, Participant Assistant, Program Coordinator, Social Media Assistant, Transportation Assistant,Transportation Coordinator, Volunteer Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator
  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Administrative Technical Assistant, Carpenter, Electrician, Exhibit Workers, Exhibit Workers/Driver, Warehouse Coordinator
Further instructions and forms are available on the Smithsonian website here.
Call for Proposals
Folk & Traditional Arts Field Survey in Southeast Minnesota
Deadline: February 10, 2020

The Minnesota State Arts Board is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or firms that can conduct a folklife field survey and community map of existing and potential traditional arts activity among first and second generation immigrant residents living in or near several southeast Minnesota communities. A successful project will result in the identification of as many folk and traditional artists as possible as well as identification of community leaders interested in perpetuating folklife traditions that may not yet exist in these regions. Work for this project must take place between late February 2020 and June 30, 2020. For more information, please visit the announcement page on the Minnesota State Arts Board website here.
Call for Submissions
Library of Congress Research Awards
Deadline: March 2, 2020

The Library of Congress American Folklife Center invites applications for available fellowships and awards for 2019. These are the Archie Green Fellowship, the Parsons Award for Ethnography at the Library of Congress, and the Henry Reed Award to support activities directly involving folk artists. For more information on these awards and how to apply, please visit the Library of Congress award page 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.
2020 Summer Repository Research Fellowship
Applications Due: March 1, 2020

The Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University is now accepting applications for its 2020 Summer Repository Research Fellowship (SRRF). This program funds a two-week residential fellowship for a community scholar or faculty member from outside Indiana University Bloomington to conduct in-depth research in the collections of one or more of our partner repositories. The fellowship provides funding for travel costs, accommodation, per diem, and a two-week stipend. Eligible collaborating IUB faculty receive $3,000 in research funds. This program is particularly appropriate for projects that involve ongoing collaboration with Indiana University Bloomington repositories or departments and/or research collaborations involving IUB faculty members. We especially welcome applications from Minority Serving Institutions, community colleges, and source communities. For more information, please visit the fellowship page on the IU website here.
Wilson Library Research Fellowships: UNC Chapel Hill
Applications Due: January 31, 2020

The Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries is now accepting applications for funding opportunities for researchers who wish to use the rich and deep resources available in the UNC-Chapel Hill’s special collections. The library offers research funding in five categories of awards: Southern Studies Doctoral Fellowships, Summer Visiting Research Fellowships, Rare Book Collection Fellowships, Audiovisual Research Fellowship, and Incubator Awards. The first two fellowships categories support work on the American South, one of the major strengths of the special collections at Wilson Library. The library is pleased to offer an award dedicated to the innovative use of audiovisual materials for research and artistic endeavors and an expanding fellowship program that supports research in our renowned Rare Book Collection. For more information about the funding categories and the Wilson Library, visit their funding website here.
2020 NEH Institute on the Grassroots History of the Civil Rights Movement
July 6-24, 2020 | Duke University (Durham, NC)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Center for Documentary Studies is proud to partner with a team of scholars, SNCC veterans, and Teaching for Change, and the SNCC Legacy Project on a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Teacher Institute, The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives (1940–1980), in the summer of 2020. Participants (classroom teachers and school librarians in grades 7-12) will learn the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement and receive resources and strategies to bring it home to their students. They will have the unique opportunity to learn from the people who made the Civil Rights Movement happen, and from the leading scholars of the era. Each participant selected for this institute will receive a stipend of $2,700 to help cover travel, housing, and meals. For more information, please visit the Institute website here.
Bringing the Border to Columbus: A Symposium
April 10-11, 2020 | The Ohio State University

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 by Dr. Robin Reineke (University of Arizona) along with panel discussions and community-engaged activities with local scholars, artists, and activists. The symposium is funded by the Global Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme and is open and free to the public. 
Columbus Speaks: Local Narratives
Every second Thursday of the month starting February 13, 2020
7:30pm | Kafe Kerouac (2250 N High)

Call for Tellers
Storytellers one and all come to Kafe Kerouac to tell a personal narrative from your life. Columbus Speaks is looking for practiced storytellers to feature a 10-12 minute story, with opportunities for brand new tellers to perform a 5 minute narrative. They also have an open Mic portion for that first time teller. Love stories, parenting stories, stories of your travels? Come grab a cup of coffee and listen to the stories of our lives in, around, and beyond Columbus.

CFS Monthly Lunch
Friday, January 31, 2020 | 12:30 to 2:30pm
Folklore Archives (218 Ohio Stadium)

We're welcoming back folks with food and fun at the Archives! Faculty will be providing the lunch items, so stop by and catch up with friends and colleagues as we begin the new year and new semester. Whether you want to find out more about folklore at OSU or just want to relax with a group of fun-loving folklorists, please join us for food and conversation periodically through the year in the Center for Folklore Studies. All interested students, staff, faculty, and friends are welcome!
Wajd: Songs of Separation (Film Screening)
Monday, February 10, 2020 | 12:00 to 2:00pm
100 Ramseyer Hall

Inspired by the traditional sacred music of Syria, filmmaker Amar Chebib travelled to Damascus and Aleppo in 2010. Six months later the revolution began, escalating into a bloody civil war and the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Touched by the harrowing experiences of the friends he made, Wajd transformed into the stories of three musicians turned refugees. Over five years, we witness the struggles of Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamed as they face their traumatic past. Forced to rebuild their lives in exile, they turn to their love of music to help them find meaning in the aftermath of destruction and atrocity. Intimate footage of their daily lives weaves together with bittersweet musical performances, extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, and poetic imagery of a pre-war Syria that no longer exists. What unfolds is a cinematic meditation on loss, yearning, and faith. For more information, please visit the event page on the Near Eastern Languages & Cultures website. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Ethnomusicology program in the School of Music, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, the Middle East Area and Islamic Studies Librarian, and the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery ThemeA facilitated audience discussion of the film will follow the screening. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Two Upcoming Workshops with Tim Lloyd
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Times & Locations TBD

Save the dates for two upcoming workshops with Senior Advisor for Partnerships for the American Folklore Society (AFS) & Former AFS Executive Director (2000 to 2018), Tim Lloyd. The first, "The Institutional History and Ecology of Folklore Studies in the U.S.," will take place in February, and the second, "Finding Funding for Your Work in Folklore," will be held in early March. 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. These workshops will lead to that familiarity by providing you with:
  • an overview of the institutional history of the field of folklore studies
  • an ethnographic introduction to the current institutional landscape of the field in academic, government, and non-profit settings
  • practical information about the primary organizations that fund folklore work, and about successful strategies for finding support for your work in the field
For more information, or to learn about how to count this workshop towards course credit, please visit the event websites here (February workshop) and here (March workshop).
"Exemplary Rhetorics" Panel with Folklorist Kyrre Kverndokk
Friday, February 28, 2020 | 12:00 to 5:00pm
Mershon Center (1501 Neil Ave), Room 120

As a part of the two-day conference on "Exemplarity: Performance, Influence, and Friction in Innovation" organized by Dorothy Noyes (OSU) and Tobias Wille (Columbia University & the Goethe University Frankfurt) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Friday afternoon will feature a panel on Exemplary Rhetorics of interest to folklorists: 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.
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