Call for Papers: American Folklore Society Meeting

The theme of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society (Bloomington, IN, Oct. 19-22) is “Peace, War, Folklore.” The LGBTQA Section of the AFS plans to present a series of panels on such topics as the interior struggle to accept one’s sexuality, coming out, homophobia, cyberbullying—in short, artistic expressions of every sort that reflect conflict and homosexuality.

This initiative is sponsored by the LGBTQA Section of the American Folklore Society, with the co-sponsorship of the Women’s Section, the History and Folklore Section, and the Politics, Folklore and Social Justice Section.

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organized panel at AFS related to this theme, we invite you to send us abstracts by February 28. Community scholars and students are especially encouraged to apply. We welcome theory pieces, ethnographic studies, and all permutations thereof. Papers may address, but are not limited to, perspectives relating to theory and practice in allied disciplines, history, social justice, and gender.

Our intent is to mount panels of four papers each.

Please e-mail your 500-word abstract (or in the case of organized panels, a 500-word governing statement about the panel and a 250-word abstract for each paper) by February 28 to pxstewart@salisbury.edu and josephpgoodwin@comcast.net. A reply to materials submitted by this deadline is guaranteed by March 15. The deadline for proposals to be submitted to AFS is March 31.

Re-posted on behalf of the LGBTQA section of the American Folklore Society, courtesy of Joseph Goodwin.

Trevor J. Blank
Editor, New Directions in Folklore