CFS Newsletter, Fall 2019. November 1, 2019
Dorothy Noyes presents Amy Shuman with her award at the 2019 AFS Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Amy Shuman Receives Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award
During the last Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Baltimore, our colleague Amy Shuman was awarded the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award. This award has been bestowed semi-annually or annually since 2002 on a living senior member in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement over the course of a career. A host of present and former students were there to applaud and to toast her at the Ohio State reception, along with a Society-wide network of collaborators and mentees. It’s hard to believe, but she works as hard at AFS as she does at Ohio State.

Shuman trained as a folklorist at the University of Pennsylvania, where she made important contributions to the field of narratology in her work on entitlement and storytelling rights. She came to the Ohio State University in 1987 and has since served as Director of the Center for Folklore Studies, Interim Director of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Director of Disability Studies, and Director of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective.

With the far-reaching influence of her many publications--Storytelling Rights: Oral and Written Communication Among Urban AdolescentsOther People’s Stories: Entitlement Claims and the Critique of Empathy; and The Stigmatized Vernacular: Where Reflexivity Meets Untellability (with Diane Goldstein), to name but a few--Shuman has cemented position as one of the most esteemed folklore scholars today. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, a Finnish Fellows invited scholar, a Fellow of the Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Study, a Rockefeller Bellagio recipient, and a winner of the Katherine Briggs Book Award. At the Ohio State University alone, she has received the College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty Award (2007), the Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award (2015) and the Ohio State Distinguished teaching award (2016).

In their announcement, representatives from the American Folklore Society called special attention to Shuman's boundless scholarly generosity. "[Her] scholarly contributions extend beyond her publications to her reputation within the discipline for gracious sharing of ideas, research and expertise with students, early career scholars and international colleagues," they write. "She is well-known for offering her astute notes following conference presentations and for her ability to make deep and meaningful connections between ideas. Following conferences she will often forward useful references or share her own research findings."

To learn more about Amy Shuman's impressive--and ongoing--accomplishments, see the full AFS announcement
 as well as the Department of English announcement. In the meantime, please join us in congratulating her on this tremendous achievement.
Francis Lee Utley Lecture Postponed 

Please be advised that the Francis Lee Utley Lecture sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Center for Folklore Studies (previously scheduled for today, November 15th) has been postponed. We hope to be able to reschedule for the spring semester or next academic year, and we will update you as soon as we are able.
13th Annual IU/OSU Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

The Folklore Student association is excited to announce that Dr. Rachel González-Martin (University of Texas-Austin) will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 IU/OSU Conference, themed "20/20 (Re)Vision: Looking Back, Thinking Forward." Her work on decoloniality and her attention to issues of visibility in our field invite us to think more critically about our intellectual genealogies and the implications of our research and writing practices going forward. We are thrilled that she will be joining us as the keynote speaker next spring.

Rachel González-Martin is a folklorist and Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She 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.

The Ohio State University will host the joint IU/OSU Conference on February 21-22, 2020. The deadline to submit proposals  is December 15, 2019. To submit your proposal or review the full CFP, please visit the event website.
Spring 2020 Folklore Courses

Check out the new folklore/folklore-affiliated course offerings for Spring 2020 on the CFS website (view here). We've got the next iteration of the Field School, our Intro to Folklore course, and a host of other intriguing topics related to our field. If you know of a folklore-related course not on our list, email to let us know!
Johnson Passes Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Dr. Christofer Johnson, who ably defended his dissertation, Fishing in Uncertain Waters: Resilience and Cultural Change in a North Atlantic Community. Chris and Miranda have both moved into exciting new positions in the D.C. area: Chris is now a consultant and business analyst with the consulting firm ERPi, and Miranda in administration at the George Washington University Medical School. We wish them well in their next adventure!
K’acha Willaykuna Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities Collaboration
Workshop and Events with Mapuce Artist in Residence: Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste
November 16-22, 2019

Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste, contemporary Mapuche artist from Chile, uses ceramics, installations, performances and video art to reflect critically on the Mapuche subject’s social, cultural and political status. Calfuqueo’s art explores cultural similarities and differences as well as stereotypes produced at the intersection of indigenous and western ways of thinking. Sebastián Calfuqueo will be with us for a week of workshops, performances, reflections, project support and exploration.

  • Monday, November 28th | 10:15am-12:00pm: Welcome of the artist and discussion of the Andean & Amazonian Indigenous Art and Cultural Artifact Collection (Hagerty Hall 255)
  • Wednesday, November 20th | 9:10-11:00am: Performance Workshop: Bodies in Resistance (MLK Auditorium, Hale Hall)
  • Thursday, November 21st | 2:00-3:30 pm: This Decoloniality? Reading Group (Fine Arts Library Rm 038L)
  • Thursday, November 21st | TBA: Public Performance (Motion Lab, Sullivant Hall 331)
  • Friday, November 22nd | 4:00-5:00pm: SPPO Colloquium Series - Artist’s Talk informal reception to follow (Hagerty Hall 255)
Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste’s residency is hosted by the K’acha Willaykuna Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities Collaboration, an interdisciplinary Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme initiative committed to critical engagement with Indigenous cultures of Abya Yala (the Guna denominator for the American continent in its entirety). These events are co-sponsored by: The Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Spanish and Portuguese Colloquium Series, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, and Livable Futures. For more information, please visit the announcement website.
50th International Ballad Conference
Tiranë and Gjirokastër, Albania
May 24-29, 2020

"Ballads and the Audience in Time and Space"
The Albanian Academy of Science invites paper submissions for the 50th International Ballad Conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung. The conference will focus on the complex relationships between the singer-creator-performer and the audience. Papers may explore this relationship directly, or look at the history of the genre, relationships between orality and print, and medieval origins to today’s reality. We hope to explore how ballads and other folk songs, as part of the larger world of folklore, are treated in former socialist countries, particularly in the second half of the twentieth century. How has their transformation influenced audiences? How have expectations of the genre – creation, transmission, process – changed over time? How is this heritage seen in our culture today? To what extent can we consider latter-day creativity and its products to be part of folklore and tradition? What has happened to the older traditions in this context? Contributions may explore these issues from many perspectives, such as, meaning, performance, communication, function, authority, and many more.

Papers are welcome in the three official languages of the KfV (English, French, German). The abstract submission deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019. For more information and to see the complete CFP, you can visit the American Folklore Society event page (here).
SeeOhioFirst.Org Invites Entry Contributions From OSU Students was created by Ohio Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grants and public humanities programs, Ohio Humanities helps Ohioans interpret the past, imagine the future, and create vibrant communities. Contact Rob Colby ( for information on how to add submissions of your favorite Ohio places to to the site. View sample entries here and here.
Photo of a pond surrounded by trees and snow.
K’acha Willaykuna Workshop and Events with Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste
November 16-22, 2019

Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste, contemporary Mapuche artist from Chile, uses ceramics, installations, performances and video art to reflect critically on the Mapuche subject’s social, cultural and political status. Calfuqueo’s art explores cultural similarities and differences as well as stereotypes produced at the intersection of indigenous and western ways of thinking. Sebastián Calfuqueo will be with us for a week of workshops, performances, reflections, project support and exploration. For more information and a schedule of events, see the news item above or visit the announcement on the Global Arts + Humanities website.
CFS Monthly Lunch
Friday, November 22, 2019 | 12:30 to 2:30pm
CFS Archives (218 Ohio Stadium)

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. We'll have tasty soup and salad offerings from CFS staff, so stop by for a warm and hearty meal along with some great conversation. All interested students, staff, faculty, and friends are welcome!
Comparative Studies Colloquia Series: Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth
Monday, December 2, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:30pm
CS Seminar Room (Hagerty 451)

Come listen to Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth (Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Folklore Studies) present on “Sonic Materials, Craft Landscapes, and Engaging the Material Voice.”  Jasper holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Kentucky, where he defended his dissertation, “Finding the Singing Spruce: Craft Labor, Global Forests, and Musical Instrument Makers in Appalachia.” Dr. Waugh-Quasebarth has also worked with the Smithsonian Institution on their Asian Cultural History Program at the National Museum of Natural History. He has conducted Comparative fieldwork on instrument making in Appalachia and the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Read more about Jasper's work here. This is the third in a series of Comparative Studies Colloquia for 2019-2020.
Fieldwork & Ethnography Panel
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 3:30 to 5:00pm
Humanities Institute, 198A Hagerty Hall

Join current folklore graduate students and new professionals for a panel discussion and Q&A on fieldwork experiences and what to expect (or unexpectedly encounter!) while in the field. Panelists will discuss their fieldwork contexts (their research questions and contexts) as well as a specific topic from their experience that is interesting and helpful for graduate students about to go into the field. Our panelists include Sophia Enriquez (PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology), Rachel Hopkin (PhD Candidate, English), Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth (Postdoctoral Researcher & Public Folklorist, Center for Folklore Studies), and Nathan Young (PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Languages & Literatures). For more information about their work and the event itself, please visit the CFS webpage here. The event is FREE and open to the public.
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