The Future of American Folkloristics #FOAF

About a year ago, a group of forward-thinking graduate students at Indiana University hatched a plan for a conference. They wanted to bring folklorists at all stages of their careers* together to discuss the future of the discipline. Shortly after, the planning for FOAF began. This week, one hundred plus folklorists converged on Bloomington. From …

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The 2014 Field School: The Alexandria Waterfront

The 2014 Field School for Cultural Documentation will take place May 19-June 27. Students will document the Alexandria, VA waterfront before the institution of the new waterfront revitalization plan. I will be blogging regularly about the project and teaching ethnography throughout May and June.

High Tech Folklore (Practical jokes in the workplace)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynvKWYvyCqw Folklorists have long studied humor cycles (dead baby, dumb blonde/jock, immigrant, etc). My favorite genre is the practical joke, especially those in the workplace. How many of you have been send on a fool's errand during your first week of work, looking for widget that doesn't exist? In this video LG demonstrates how realistic …

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery Right Now (ANC Explorer App)

Probably the coolest innovation to come to Arlington National Cemetery in the last two years is the ANC Explorer App, an web/smartphone application that allows you to find a grave location amongst the 400,000 located in the cemetery. I used it to find a distant cousin (a World War I Army nurse) as well as …

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GMU-LOC Field School for Cultural Documentation

The Cultures of Work: A Field School for Cultural Documentation May 20- June 22, 2013 Arlington, Virginia Sponsored by the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, and the Folklore Studies Program, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia Course Content This intensive course will offer hands-on ethnographic training for beginners in the documentation of local cultural resources, …

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Jack and the Giant Slayer: Some Folklore Background

Reblogged from HuffPost Entertainment By Stephen Winick With Bryan Singer's blockbuster Jack the Giant Slayer in theaters, it might be useful to ask ourselves: who is this Jack? In English-language fairy tales, Jack is the central figure in a wide variety of adventures. He's known for slaying giants, so Singer's film doesn't stray too far from folklore. But Jack …

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