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2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

  • Start date: 16th Oct 2019
  • End date: 19th Oct 2019
  • Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
  • Organiser: American Folklore Society
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The American Folklore Society’s 131st annual meeting will be held October 16-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. The theme for the meeting is “Community Driven.”

You can’t stop the people of Baltimore, Maryland, from expressing the enduring traditions that define this City of Neighborhoods, where community-based efforts drive culture, spark change, and sustain place-making. Come to Baltimore and experience what it means to be community driven in a city that illuminates the diverse geographies and peoples of Maryland and the surrounding region—urban, rural, Appalachian, and estuarine. This meeting will explore what it means for the folklore world to be of, by, and for the people—community driven. We anticipate presentations that will reveal how communities use the tools of folklore to build partnerships, foster innovation and sustainability, respond to injustice, and create conditions for reconciliation in a time of division and distraction; to explore community-driven curation and preservation in a digitally connected world; and to participate in discussions on building capacity to help folklorists better serve the communities with whom they work. Equally, we anticipate reflections on folklore as an instrument for constructing and shaping communities themselves, recognizing that this is not always a benevolent process for either insiders or outsiders. In focusing on what is community driven, we also draw attention to:

Partnerships
Local responses and resistance
Work fostering new connections
Grassroots curations of action and sustainability
The role of cultural workers in sustaining communities and expressive life
The value of (and definitions of) community in times of divisionFolk and vernacular culture in a digitally connected world
Community resilience and solidarity on the front lines of climate change

The Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of U.S. and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen relationships and networks.

The deadline for proposals passed on March 31. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of folklorists who live in the region hosting the meeting.

The meeting will begin with an Opening Ceremony on Wednesday evening and conclude on Saturday evening. Preconference events will be scheduled during the day on Wednesday. Learn more when the preliminary program is published in June.

Learn more about the meeting and about AFS at https://www.afsnet.org

Website: www.afsnet.org/page/2019am