Daisy Ahlstone and Nicholas Miller are Co-Recipients of the Folklore and Science Junior Prize

AFS News, Annual Meeting News, Prizes
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The Folklore and Science Junior Prize is awarded by the Folklore and Science Section to presentation-length papers, focusing on the boundaries, intersections, and interdisciplinary exchanges between folklore and science. This year, Daisy Ahlstone (PhD Student, Ohio State University) and Nicholas Miller (PhD Student, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee) were co-recipients of the 2022 Folklore and Science Junior Prize.

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Daisy Ahlstone’s “Decomposition as a Model for Concluding Collaborative Community Projects” richly applies a scientific metaphor to work being done in folkloristics. The Prize committee was especially impressed by Ahstone’s explanation of the apparent usefulness of a decomposition model/metaphor for community-based projects.

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Nicholas Miller’s “Folklore and Zooarchaeology: Nonhuman Animals’ Representation in the Historical Narrative” investigates the epistemological overlaps between a scientific and humanities approach to thinking about human-animal dualities in the context of a specific textual history–giving attention to folkloric traditions and empirical presentation of animals as evidenced in archaeological writings and correlative narratives.

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