CFP: Folklore and the Literature of Louisiana

picThe LOUISIANA FOLKLORE MISCELLANY is seeking essays for a special Spring 2016 issue called “Folklore and the Literature of Louisiana.” We would be happy to consider proposals that center around folklore in the literature of Louisiana: novels, poems, plays, or short stories that engage elements of folk culture, which could include ritual and storytelling, folk narrative and music, religion, healing, art, or other forms of folklore. Continue reading


The Journey from Production to Display: The Shifting Tradition of Kyrgyz Shrydak

Join us on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 at 6:00 pm at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, where Willow G. Mullins will deliver a public lecture on the pieced felt rugs called shyrdak, which line the floors in traditional homes in Kyrgyzstan. She follows the shyrdak from production in one culture to consumption another, from the yurt to the fashionable Western home to the museum, sold through Kyrgyz women’s networks as part of economic development projects. This movement highlights the global nature of the modern market for traditional art. But in a global world, how does one culture understand another culture’s traditional object?

Mullins has a background in textile conservation and museum work and a Ph.D. in Folklore from the University of Missouri. Her book, FELT, explores the cultural meanings of felt around the world. She currently teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.



Gaming Folklore

NPR’s Code Switch has a report on the efforts of Native Alaskans to convert some of their traditional narratives into video games. From the interview with someone from the Intertribal Council and the game developer:

The main spine of the story is based on a traditional meta-story called Kunuuksaayuka. It’s the story of an endless blizzard that’s plaguing a family that’s leading a nomadic lifestyle. They’re out in the wilderness, and a blizzard comes and starts to disrupt the hunting patterns, and that blizzard never stops. In the traditional tale, the son decides to go out, despite the wishes of his parents, and find what’s causing this aberration in the weather.

Call for Submission: 2014 Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize

Each year, the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society awards two prizes in honor of pioneering scholar Elli Köngäs-Maranda. The prizes recognize superior work on women’s traditional, vernacular, or local culture and/or feminist theory and folklore.

Student Prize

  • for an undergraduate or graduate student paper (up to 30 pages in length)
  • entrants must either be currently enrolled in a degree program as of the submission deadline or have been enrolled in one during the 2013-2014 academic year
  • carries an award of $100
  • submission deadline is October 24th, 2014
  • may be submitted as either email attachment (preferred) or as hard copy

Professional/Non-Student Prize

  • eligible work includes: publications, films, videos, exhibitions or exhibition catalogues, or sound recordings
  • materials should have been published/produced no more than two years prior to the submission deadline
  • carries an award of $250
  • submission deadline (postmarked) is October 24th, 2014
  • please submit three copies of books, videos, etc.

The awards will be announced at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM, November 5-8, 2014. Prize recipients need not be members of the Society.

Please direct all submissions and questions to:

Brittany Warman

℅ The Ohio State University English Department

421 Denney Hall

164 West 17th Ave

Columbus, Ohio 43210

About Elli Köngäs-Maranda 

Internationally renowned feminist folklorist Elli Kaija Köngäs-Maranda was born in Finland in 1932. She studied Finnish folklore at the University of Helsinki and did her doctoral dissertation at Indiana University (1963) on Finnish-American folklore. She held various research positions, and taught at the University of British Columbia (1970-1976) and at Laval University from 1976 until her premature death in 1982. She was elected a Fellow of the American Folklore Society in 1978. Academically, she was known for her structural analysis of traditional culture, demonstrating precision and mathematical intellect, but also for her eloquent writing. She published extensively and in English, French, Finnish, German, and Russian. Her feminism was particularly evident in her research and writing on the Lau people, based on fieldwork conducted between 1966 and 1976. In 1983, the American Folklore Society Women’s section inaugurated two prizes in her memory, one for student work and one for professional work, funded by highly successful auctions, T-shirt sales, the making and raffling of a quilt, and, most recently, the sale of note cards commemorating that quilt.

Barbro Klein’s obituary gives the most personal feminist view of Elli (see Folklore Women’s Communication, fall-winter 1983 (30-31):4-7). For an example of Elli’s work, see “The Roots of the Two Ethnologies, and Ethnilogy.” Folklore Forum 15 #1 (1982):51-58, at <>. See also Felix J. Oinas, “Elli Kaija Köngäs Maranda: In Memoriam.” Folklore Forum 15 #2 (1982):115-123, at <>. A full bibliography of her work in French and English (as well as several example studies, a longer biography, and an introduction to her contributions to folkloristics) is in Travaux et Inédits de Elli Kaija Köngäs Maranda, Cahiers du CELAT 1, 1983. A later consideration of Elli’s intellectual contributions, particularly her unusual uniting of fieldwork and structural analysis, can be found in Leila K. Virtanen, “Folklorist Elli Kaija Köngäs Maranda: A Passionate Rationalist in the Field.” The Folklore Historian 17 (2000):34-41.

CFP: Culture and Tradition

Culture & Tradition is the oldest, bilingual, peer-reviewed, Canadian journal of Folklore and Ethnology. The journal is published annually by the graduate students of the Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Culture & Tradition invites submissions of new research in folklore, folklife and its related disciplines in English or French. The editors will consider ethnographic or analytical articles focused on the following topics: belief, custom, legend, literature, oral narrative, song and music, speech and play, foodways, art and material culture, vernacular architecture, cultural landscapes, ethnography, theory, methodology and fieldwork, heritage, public/applied folklore, regional and ethnic group traditions and culture.

Articles should be 15-20 double-spaced pages and must follow Turabian style. Articles must be accompanied with a 100 word abstract and a 50 word author’s biography. Photographs and illustrations are permitted (in greyscale only).

Culture & Tradition also invites relevant book and multi-media reviews (700-1000 words, double-spaced).

For the first time in over a decade Culture & Tradition is calling for submissions of pictures to be featured on the cover of volume 34. This image may contain any type of folk art, so be creative. (Submissions may be resized as necessary).

Please submit manuscripts as a Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF) attachment to the e-mail address below.

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The Editors 
Culture & Tradition
Box 21, Hickman Bldg.
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Canada   A1C 5S7


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