2021 AFS Annual Meeting Features Series on Heritage Studies and Folkloristics

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The Fellows and the Public Programs Section of the American Folklore Society are co-sponsoring these Heritage Studies and Folkloristics sessions that will explore a number of topics of interest and relevance to public folklorists.  

They include scholars and practitioners who have studied and worked in heritage programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America as well as the U.S., including a number of public folklorists. The sessions will provide perspectives on global conversations on such topics as cultural policies about intangible cultural heritage and public folklore, how ongoing cultural practices are constructed as heritage and the transformations they experience as a result of our intervention, comparisons and parallels between public folklore thought and heritage studies and the roles of government, academe and cultural institutions in safeguarding public folklore and heritage.

Monday, Oct 18, 2021, 11:15-12:45 EDT: Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part I: Heritagization, Folklore Studies, and Transformations of Traditions

Monday, October 18, 2021, 2:15-3:45, EDT: Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part II: Nationalism, Class, and Heritage Policies

Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021, 2:15-3:45 EDT:  Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part III: Public Practice and ICH Safeguarding through Heritage Regimes, Academic and Cultural Institutions

Also of interest to public folklorists and cultural workers is another Fellows-sponsored session, Tuesday, October 19, 1:00-2:00 EDT: Francis Lee Utley Memorial Panel: Heritage, Tourism, Community: A Conversation with Owe Ronström.

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