Tea Time with the Fellows at AFS Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting News
mural on brick wall says Harrisburg in large letters
A Sprocket Mural Works mural at the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, PA. Photo courtesy of Sean Simmers, July 12, 2016

Students who are registered for the 2021 AFS Annual Meeting may sign up for AFS Virtual Round Table: Tea Time with Fellows on Tuesday, October 12 at 11:00 am EDT.

Senior folklorists will meet in small break-out groups with pre-registered students, talking about a designated topic, as well as students’ questions and interests. The Fellows participating in this year’s round table, and their topics, are: 

  • Deborah Kapchan (New York University): Metacommunication in performance, transdisciplinarity, sound studies, ethnography of speaking as it has transformed the future of folklore
  • Valdimar Hafstein (University of Iceland): Intangible heritage, heritage studies, cultural property, foodways, and the intellectual history of folklore
  • Carol Silverman (University of Oregon): Heritage and the folklore issues related to nationalism/ethnonationalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, advocacy and human rights
  • Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University): Studies of cultural heritage and property, museum and material culture studies, practicalities of publishing in folklore studies 

This Fellows–sponsored program, now in its 12th year, is a response to numerous requests for AFS to create ways for senior members of the field to engage and mentor students directly. Based in part on your evaluations of this event, the Fellows look forward to strengthening it, and creating other such opportunities, in future years. 

There is no fee, but since seating is limited, advance registration is required; the eight spots at the virtual table will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 

To register, contact us at [email protected], indicating your top two preferences as well as which school you currently attend.

Please be aware when you make your request that we will not seat students with Fellows from their own institutions. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis until all slots are filled. Assignments will be determined by staff on an as-needed basis. 

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