CFS Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 6.
 April 10, 2016- June 17, 2016
Positions, Awards, and Degree Completions

Dr. Elena Foulis, CFS Associate Faculty member, accepted a position at Case Western Reserve as the Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Elena will continue her collaboration with the Center for Folklore Studies to document Oral Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio and develop the digital gallery for the collection.
Christopher Hemmig accepted a position as a two-year Mellon/Ohio5 Postdoctoral Fellow in Arabic at Kenyon College. Chris's research focuses on the exploration of intersection of language, society, and new media in Middle Eastern and West African contexts, with a focus on oral communication.
Rachel Hopkin Received AFS Foodways Section Sue Samuleson Award, for her paper "The Way of the Croissant.” The award recognizes outstanding student work in the field of foodways, and comes with a monetary award as well as publication in the foodways journal Digest.
Caroline Toy received the Patrick B. Mullen Prize for best graduate student paper, for her essay "'As I Was Going to St. Bart’s’: The Performance and Implications of a Sherlock Fan Pilgrimage."
Taylor Saltsman receieved the Daniel R. Barnes Prize for best undergraduate student paper, for her essay “Freedom through Difference: A Conscious Self Excavation of a Female, American Student in India.”

Amanda Randhawa recieved the 2016-2016 Margaret Lynd Graduate Associate Teaching Award from the Department of Comparative Studies.
Caroline Toy successfully defended her MA paper entitled “'I Believe in Sherlock:' The Intersection of Religion and the St. Bartholomew’s Fan Pilgrimage." Caroline's committee consisted of Hugh Urban, Katey Borland, Isaac Weiner, and Sean O'Sullivan.
Upcoming Events

Columbus Folklorists Circle (CFC) Meeting
Monday August 1, 2016.
Growl Bar, 2995 N High St.
In this meeting, we will focus on an article in the most recent edition of JAF, namely Pauline Greenhill and Alison Marshall's "Racism and Denial of Racism: Dealing with the Academy and the Field”.
Nancy Yan will lead the discussion.
We are planning another CFC gathering for late June, to watch a documentary by our own Ehsan Estiri (so, no reading material this time!). The film titled "Miss Robabe Is an Exception" was made in 2011 in Northeast Iran, and follows the life of local women who work in the world's largest carpet weaving factory. We're also talking about the ways in which film-making career can intersect with one's work as a folklorist. Please take this doodle poll to indicate your date/time preferences. 
FolkOhio on the Radio
WOSU and Center for Folklore Studies continue with their occasional radio series, Folk Ohio, which looks at the state’s traditional culture. The series is produced by folklorist/radio producer and the CFS’s current Graduate Archivist, Rachel Hopkin

In the latest feature, "From Purcell to Pastry", Rachel introduces us to Jonas Laughlin, a columbus baker whose craft is shaped by opera. Jonas was a professional opera singer when a passing cold left his right vocal cord permanently damaged, forcing him to rethink his chosen career path. As he strove to envisage a life outside of the musical world, pastry-making became both a therapy and a substitute for the art of bel canto. Over time, it evolved into a passion in its own right. Now Laughlin has his own European-style bakery in the Short North. Listen here.

The first in the series took the listener inside Carousel Works, the world’s largest maker of wooden carousels, based in Mansfield, Ohio. You can catch up with all the aired features online via the FolkOhio on the Radio Webpage and WOSU website.

Jonas Laughlin at the Laghlin's Bakery
Jonas Laghlin at Laughlin's bakery
Poindexter Village Exhibit Curator Bettye Stull 

“Poindexter Village: A Portrait in Stories”, and Poindexter Virtual Reality Program are now open at COSI. 

Poindexter Village was one of the first public housing projects in the United States and home to a number of African American residents on the East Side since the 1940s. in 2013, all but two buildings were torn down to make way for senior housing and new apartments to compliment the expansion of OSU East medical center. Despite the demolition, the stories that grew from the Near East Side complex now live on through “Poindexter Village: A Portrait in Stories”. The exhibit--two years in the making by the Columbus Historical Society-- displays black-and-white photographs of the buildings, businesses and families that filled Columbus’ first public-housing development. Many pieces of the exhibit have come from people who lived in Poindexter before its buildings were demolished.
The Poindexter Virtual Reality Program has also been developed by a team of OSU faculty and students to bring the village back to life. It takes the visitors on a 5-8 minute experience of walking through the virtual village, in which they listen to narratives and oral histories about their surroundings as they progress though time and the buildings of the village itself. Conditions, struggles and community life are highlighted through the audio narratives.
The exhibit and the virtual reality program will be open to the public until April 2017. 

      Poindexter Village rendering   rendering of a brick house for virtual Poindexter
Poindexter Village Virtual Rendering
2016 Midwest Folklorist's Retreat
From May 19-22, 2016, the Center for Folklore Studies and the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise hosted the 2016 Midwest Folklorists’ Retreat in Columbus, Ohio. The MFR is a biennial gathering of academic and public folklorists across the Midwest for the purpose of professional development and networking. 
This year, MFR events focused on storytelling (for both academic and non-academic audiences) and arts advocacy in the King-Lincoln/Bronzeville neighborhood of Columbus.
Visit the
MFR page on our website for a completer report of the retreat workshops, tours, and other activities.
Jo Radner's Oral Presentation Workshop
Long Street Bridge and Cultural Wall Tour

Opportunities for Folklorists

Staff Folklorist position at ArtsWestchester
ArtsWestchester seeks a qualified folklorist to manage its Folk Arts Program. The program mission is to research, document, and present folk and traditional arts practiced in the Westchester County, NY and the lower Hudson Valley. Qualified candidates must hold an advanced degree in Folklore or a related field, and have a broad-ranging interest in public folklore. The successful candidate must also enjoy working as part of a team, interested in integrating folk arts more fully into ArtsWestchester’s programming, and in advancing its mission.  Experience in proposal writing is a plus. Regular access to a car is necessary. The position is 3/5 FTE.  Salary commensurate with experience. 
To apply, send resume and three references to
Director of Programs,
31 Mamaroneck Avenue,
White Plains, NY 10601;
fax (914) 428-4306.

Sonia Mañjon's Think Tank Presentation
Battiste LaFleur Galleria Tour
Polly Stewart Travel Stipend 2016- Call for applications
he AFS Women’s Section invites applications for travel stipends for one or more students attending the 2016 AFS meeting in Miami, Florida. If enough qualified applications are received, the Section will award a First Place Prize of $500 and a Second Place Prize of $300 in the hopes of facilitating participation in the annual meeting by emerging scholars who show promise of furthering the study of women’s folklore, gender issues in folklore, and/or feminist approaches to the study of folklore.
The award will support travel costs for students or recent graduates who are members of the AFS Women’s Section and who plan to attend the annual meeting and present her/his work.
The deadline for submission via email is midnight, June 25, 2016. The recipient will be announced in late July.
Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process. Contact Mary Magoulick at for any questions about the award.
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