Wednesday, August 18, 2010

American Folklore Society 2010 Annual Meeting (Conference)

This year's American Folklore Society 2010 Annual Meeting will be held on October 14-16, 2010 in one of my favorite places, my hometown of Nashville, TN.  Needless to say, I will be attending and listening to many of the scheduled papers.  (No, I will not be presenting any, but will just be a happy audience member.  I'm usually easy to spot--just look for someone wearing a hat and it's probably me.)

A full preliminary schedule has been posted on the website here but I have done a preliminary gleaning of fairy tale related topics that may be of interest to readers here.  The document is 51 pages long, so I am sure I missed several of particular interest.  Still, this is a great list to start with and lengthy enough.

If you register to attend by August 31, you still get the early bird discounted rate.  It's even less if you are a member of AFS.  For the size and breadth of the conference, the fees are very reasonable, especially if you are a student.  If you do register, do consider signing up for some of the special interest groups, too.  Many of them include fairy tale studies although none are devoted exclusively to the genre.

Also, just as an offer to anyone who may be attending--I would be happy to arrange a meeting for SurLaLune followers to meet and talk fairy tales and whatever else suits our fancies sometime during the conference.  Let me know in the comments or by email if this is of interest to you and I will arrange things. 

Now here's that list I promised.  All of these are subject to change of course, but they do sound wonderfully inspiring...

Kristin M. McAndrews (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Rivalry, Blood and Sex: The Wolf and Little Red in the Cabinet of the Wolf

Jennifer Schacker (University of Guelph), Fluid Identities: Mother Bunch, Madame d'Aulnoy, and the History of the Fairy Tale in England

Rosemary V. Hathaway (West Virginia University), “The Little Mermaid” in Harlem: Reading Nella Larsen’s Quicksand as Fairy-Tale Revision

Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (University of Kentucky), Saints, Sinners, and Spirits: Women in the Russian Legend Tradition

James E. Doan (Nova Southeastern University), Esoteric Knowledge in Irish and Appalachian Folktales

Christine A. Jones (Univesity of Utah), Marvelous Transformations: Recent Fairy-Tale Scholarship and the Reorientation of Fairy-Tale Pedagogy

Linda J. Lee (University of Pennsylvania), A Beast in the Sack: Popularizing the Supernatural in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

K. Elizabeth Spillman (University of Pennsylvania), To Market, To Market: Fairy Tales at the Shopping Mall

Dorothy Noyes (The Ohio State University), Fairytale Economics: Scarcity, Risk, Choice

Lynn Gelfand (University of Advancing Technology), Playing with Stories: Morphology and Meaning in Games Based on Fairytales

Joanna B. Spanos (The Ohio State University), Case Studies in Infanticide: Presentations and Interpretations of History and Folklore

Linda Dégh (Indiana University, emerita), Stith Thompson's Contributions to Folklore and the Folklore of Today

Fumihiko Kobayashi (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Repurposing Reality to Create Fantasies: A New Approach to Bluebeard and Japanese Frog-Wife Tales

Ulrich Marzolph (Enzyklopädie des Märchens), What “Nights”? Expert Knowledge vs Lay Perception of the World's Most Famous Story Collection

Cristina Bacchilega (University of Hawai‘i, Manoa), Today’s “Once Upon a Time”: Disciplinary Debates, Speculative Fictions, and the Politics of Inequality

Tabatha C. Lingerfelt (Indiana University), Beastly Brides: Gender Reversal and Self-Discovery in Penelope and The Princess and the Frog

Adam Grydehøj (Island Dynamics), “Whose Blood is Still the Reddest Drop”: Fairies, Vikings, and Racial Anthropology in Shetland Nationalism

Carole G. Silver (Yeshiva University), Of Pixies and Portunes: Folklore Fairies in Victorian Painting

Tok Thompson (University of Southern California), Where the Banshee Dwells: The Portals to the Otherworld

Ravit Raufman (Haifa University), “The Wolf and the Kids” and the Primary Levels of Mental Organization

Lee Haring (University of California, Berkeley), Lacan and Folklore

Kay Turner (New York University), Rethinking the Phallic Mother

JoAnn Conrad (University of California, Berkeley), Fantastic Projections: The Relationship of Folklore and Psychoanalytic Theory

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I'll be there (my first one, I'm looking forward to it!) and I'd love to meet up with you and other SurLaLune readers at some point :).