Call for submissions: Emerging Perspectives in the Study of Folklore and Performance, edited by Solimar Otero and Anthony Bak Buccitelli.  


How are folklore studies and performance studies currently connected? What are the divergences and convergences between the study of folklore through performance and the study of performance through folklore? There has been an intimacy between these two fields and phenomena since the mid-20th century. Whether it be through the work of Richard Bauman, Erving Goffman, Roger Abrahams, Charles Briggs, Richard Schechner, Dell Hymes, José Esteban Muñoz, Peggy Phelan, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Deborah Kapchan, or Diana Taylor, the relationship between folklore and performance represents a long history of engagement that is both explicit and implicit in expressing interconnected methods, perspectives, and theoretical orientations.  This volume, Emerging Perspectives in the Study of Folklore and Performance, seeks to forefront the ways that folklore and performance inform each other and are actively situated in our world today.  


We are calling for submissions that explore existing and emerging discourses between folklore studies and performance studies.  These necessarily include development in areas of research and theory in both fields. Topics may include but are not limited to the intersection of folklore and performance in digital lives, race and technology, social movements, ritual, narrative, quotidian expressive culture, archival practices, ambient play, post-human intersectionalities, speculative world-making, encoded constructions of self and culture, and embodied knowledge. We are also interested in approaches that include an analysis of concepts like practice/praxis, repetition, event, mediation, mobility, materiality, enactment, ephemerality, tradition, and insurgent temporalities.  


We envision this volume being placed at a university press that speaks to audiences in both folklore and performance studies.  Please send a 250-word abstract to Solimar Otero and Anthony Bak Buccitelli abb20@psu.eduby September 1, 2021.