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November 18th, 2009

Calls for Papers: Trauma, Native American Narrative, Asian American Folklore, Fiddles @ 11:08 am


Cultural Manifestations of Violence and Socio-Cultural Trauma

Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories

"Asian Pacific American Folklore: Pluralisms, Passages, and Practices"

North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2010

Special Issue: Cultural Manifestations of Violence and Socio-Cultural Trauma

Folklore Forum is seeking articles for its upcoming special issue on cultural manifestations of violence and socio-cultural trauma. In particular, this issue seeks to examine the expressive and performative processes through which various cultures respond to, enact, and otherwise negotiate experiences of trauma and violence. Folklore Forum invites proposals that consider, but are not limited to, the following themes and issues:

- music in traumatized communities

- music, dance, poetry as responses to violence

- disruption to performative communities

- expressive culture and the amelioration and reconciliation of trauma

- artists and musicians as political activists against violence

- historical nostalgia and performative recollections of violence and trauma

- expressive culture as a means to sustain or circumvent violence

- cultural appropriation as violence

Deadline for submission is 1 February 2010.

• All documents should be submitted to folkpub @ indiana . edu.

• In the subject line include attn: submissions editor and your name

• Only electronic submissions in .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf will be accepted.

• Each copy should have a separate title page. On the title page, please give your name, e-mail address, and telephone number.

• Your name should not appear on the document pages.

Folklore Forum is a space for the free exchange of ideas on the cutting edge of folklore, folklife and ethnomusicology, a space where up-and-coming scholars can interrogate existing paradigms and cultivate a rich intellectual landscape with a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Folklore Forum is the journal of Trickster Press, a graduate-student-run publishing house affiliated with the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology of Indiana University.

Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories

Editors: Jill Doerfler, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, Niigonwedom James Sinclair

Describing how to understand Anishinaabeg cosmology and epistemology in his 1976 book Ojibway Heritage, Basil Johnston writes that “it is in story, fable, legend, and myth that fundamental understandings, insights, and attitudes toward life and human conduct, character, and quality in their diverse forms are embodied and passed on” (7). As scholar Gerald Vizenor remarks in a 1992 interview with Laura Coltelli: “You can’t understand the world without telling a story. There isn’t any center to the world but story” (156).

Responding to calls for tribally-centered critical approaches in American Indian Studies/Native Studies, this critical anthology focuses on Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe/Chippewa) Studies and the ways in which stories might serve as a center for the field. We invite engagement with and employment of the term “story” in its multifaceted meanings. Simply put, the essays in this book will explore and engage with the following questions:

• Can the field called “Anishinaabeg Studies” use “story” as a center? How?

• How can stories serve as a methodology within the field of Anishinabeg studies? What kinds of questions can be posed/answered through the use(s) of story?

• What are the parameters of an Anishinaabeg “story” and how does it participate in ongoing Anishinaabeg knowledge production?

• What political, ceremonial, and/or intellectual roles does “story” play in the articulation and interests of Anishinaabeg communities?

• In the current climate of globalization, what are the roles of “story” in moderating multi-dimensional struggles for tribal sovereignty, “traditionalism,” and cultural innovation?

• How might the knowledge embedded within stories be applied to 1) understand the complexities contained within written/oral histories 2) structure social and political institutions, and/or 3) address contemporary challenges facing Anishinaabe communities.

Essays from a wide array of disciplines (including but not limited to history, law, English, anthropology, ecology, linguistics, astronomy, and geography) are desired. Work may consist of an evaluation of practiced critical approaches in the field or exemplify a new approach through an analysis of an Anishinaabeg-authored “story.” Contributors are encouraged to examine “texts” in their culturally-specific historical, political, and subjective contexts. Besides conventional, scholarly essays, provocative work that combines Anishinaabeg storytelling and critique are also welcomed.

Due to the nature of the anthology, essays authored by Anishinaabeg are encouraged.

Abstracts must be between 500-750 words and be e-mailed by December 15, 2009. Please include a one-page curriculum vitae/bio. Once accepted, completed essays will be between 5000-7500 words in length, and contributors are asked to keep this in mind. Please e-mail all submissions to hstark @ d . umn . edu under the subject line: “Centering Anishinaabeg Studies.”

Questions may be emailed to the editors at:

Jill Doerfler

The University of Minnesota – Duluth, doerflj @ umn . edu

Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark The University of Minnesota – Duluth, hstark @ d . umn . edu

Niigonwedom James Sinclair

The University of British Columbia, niigon @ interchange . ubc . ca


Call for Abstracts

Amerasia Journal: Call for Abstracts
"Asian Pacific American Folklore: Pluralisms, Passages, and Practices"
Publication date: Fall/Winter 2011
Amerasia Journal, UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Consulting Guest Editors: Jonathan H. X. Lee, Assistant Professor,
San Francisco State University, and editor of the Asian American
Folklore Encyclopedia and Kathleen Nadeau, Professor, California
State University, San Bernardino, and co-editor of the Asian American
Folklore Encyclopedia and author of the History of the Philippines
(2008) and Liberation Theology in the Philippines (2004).

Amerasia Journal Editor: Adjunct Professor Russell C. Leong, English
and Asian American Studies, project Director

Due date, March 1, 2010: 2-page abstracts
Author Notification on abstracts, May 30, 2010
Due date of final papers: January 10, 2011
Publication date of issue: Fall/Winter 2011

Send copies of abstracts to: Dr. Jonathan H. X. Lee jlee@sfus.edu;
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau knadeau@csusb.edu; Professor Russell Leong
rleong@ucla.edu. Inquiries and abstracts will be reviewed by the
editors, and authors notified. Final papers will undergo peer review.

Amerasia Journal now invites contributions for a new special issue on
"Asian Pacific American Folklore: Pluralisms, Passages, and
Practices." (For past issues or reference, see 50,000 pages of 40
years of Amerasia Journal , the core journal in Asian American
Studies, are also now online through your institution or individual
subscription: through MetaPress.)

Back in 1996 Amerasia Journal published the first special issue on
Asian American Religions. Thirteen years later, the legacy of that
first special issue is incontestable as the field of Asian American
religious studies has grown as indicated by the permanent status of
the Asian North American Religion and Society Group at the American
Academy of Religion, and the Asian Pacific American Religions
Research Initiative (APARRI). Not to mention the growing single
authored and edited volumes dealing with Asian American religiosity.
We think Amerasia Journal can have as great an impact on the study of
Asian American folklore. We therefore are bringing together a
collective volume of original readings that offer a contextual
approach for the study of the diverse landscapes and dimensions of
Asian Pacific American folklore. This special issue will be guided by
four themes - prospects, patterns, practices, and problems - which
will serve to organize the various essays into thematic areas. These
four themes will provide the volume thematic cohesion from the very

The first section of the special issue will explore some of the
prospects for positive contributions and negative consequences that
folklore can exert on the various and diverse Asian/and Pacific
Islander cultural communities in the United States. Relevant
questions in this section are (1) how can the re/generation of (new)
Asian/Pacific American performance rituals and practices increase the
range of choices for individuals in determining ethnic, cultural,
national, and civic identities? (2) How can Asian/Pacific American
folkloric and performative expressions aid in the promotion of
pluralism and tolerance, and (3) how does the use of folklore in
dance and musical performance "rites of passage?" by the college
youth contribute to stabilizing ethnic communities and, thus, improve
inter-racial relations, generational conflicts, and economic
production and consumption?

The second section will examine patterns in the sense that the pieces
will look specifically at the interplay between folklore and history.
Some of the questions that this section will investigate are (1) what
is the relationship between folklore, historical experiences, and
history. (2) How is folklore 'localized' and used to uncover and
recover, at the individual and inter-generational and
familial/community levels, from being displaced by war or, to take
another scenario, circumstantially, dislocated between two homelands,
and (3) what are some of the historical patterns (told and untold
histories) that Asian/Pacific American folklore 'unveils' in the
context of local cultural productions and community formations?

The third section will look at practices, and practitioners, by
identifying some select situations, scenarios, and agents who employ
Asian/Pacific American folklore as a potent resource integral to
holistic approaches to health, healing, and recovery. Some of the
issues that will be considered are (1) in what ways do those who
suffer, and their healers, rely on folklore to fight against, come to
terms with, and/or overcome major illnesses and life threatening
situations? (2) How have young adults (i.e., cross-cultural adoptees)
relied on folklore to aid in discerning their own individual
destinies and cultural moorings, and (3) what is the meaning of
'Asia' in its dialectical relationship to Asian/Pacific American

The fourth section - problems - will narrow its focus onto the heated
and contested terrain of gender, sexuality, and love in Asian/and
Pacific Islander America. Some of the relevant questions to be
interpolated and explored are (1) how does Asian/Pacific American
Folklore (e.g., Asian mystic) hinder larger efforts at inter-ethnic
and community relations? (2) What are some of issues coming out of
the "insider-outsider" versus "insider as scholar" debate over the
study of Asian/Pacific American folklore, and (3) what are the limits
and parameters of "Asian/Pacific American folklore" as a category for
scholarly investigation?

"Asian Pacific American Folklore: Pluralisms, Passages, and
Practices" also welcomes international scholars and U.S. scholars who
do work on the transnational linkages and connections pertaining to
Asian/and Pacific Islander American folklore as a way of life.

We hope that the papers will encourage us not only to contribute to
the field of Folklore and Asian American Studies but also open up the
conversation across the various disciplines in the social sciences
and humanities to new and creatively innovative approaches to the
study of culture and social life.
If you have other topics not included in the above please direct your
inquiries to the editors.

Don T. Nakanishi, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
3230 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
e-mail:dtn @ ucla . edu
web site for Center: http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/default.asp


Call for Papers: North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2010

Theme: “Roots & Routes”

Date: Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 July 2010

Location: University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Submission deadline: January 31, 2010

The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, is making a call for papers for the fourth North Atlantic Fiddle Convention. NAFCo 2010 will celebrate the excellence and diversity of fiddle and dance traditions from countries around the North Atlantic, combining an international academic conference with performances and workshops to create an event devoted to ‘Roots & Routes’.

The conference will expand on the theme of “Roots & Routes,” exploring the ways in which local roots have been transformed through transnational routes in the context of countries and communities that border the North Atlantic. Thus to be “local” is also to be “global.” No longer will blanket labels such as “Scottish fiddling” suffice; scholars/performers need to know if it is Orcadian or Border, West Highland or North-East, Shetland or Cape Breton. The aim of the conference is to explore our understanding of the interrelatedness of fiddle and dance traditions, and how they are affected and transformed by processes of globalization to create fresh insights and new perspectives. Possible subjects for papers include:

Fiddle and dance traditions in transformation

Performance, place, and identity

Centers and peripheries

Mediation and cultural tourism

The role of the individual

Socialization and competition

Tradition and innovation

Dance and music interplay

New research approaches and methods

If you are interested in offering a twenty-minute academic paper, please submit a 250-300-word abstract, a 100-word biography, and contact information by January 31, 2010. The Elphinstone Institute will present abstracts of papers for peer review and anticipates the publication of proceedings.

E-mail: nafco @ abdn . ac . uk

North Atlantic Fiddle Convention

Elphinstone Institute

MacRobert Building

University of Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

AB24 5UA

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272996

Fax: +44 (0) 1224 272728



Call for Manuscripts: Academic Exchange Quarterly (Technology in the Humanities)

Journal: Academic Exchange Quarterly

Issue: Spring 2010 Volume 14, Issue 1

Theme: Technology in the Humanities

Submission Deadlines:

Early: October 2009 (with opportunity to be considered for

considered for Editors' Choice)

Regular: November 2009

Dear Colleagues:

New educational technology provides both increasing pressure and
exciting possibilities for teachers in the humanities. It has the
power to absorb our time or free it, excite our students or alienate
them. We are interested in publishing two types of articles on
educational technology: 1) Articles describing how educators are using
various new media and technologies; 2) Articles that consider the
theoretical, ethical, and budgetary impact of educational technology
in all of its emerging forms.

Learn more:

Information about “Technology in the Humanities” at


Submission Procedures at


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look

forward to hearing from you!


Lin Lin
Lin . Lin @ unt . edu
Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies
University of North Texas

Brenda I. López Ortiz
lopezorb @ stjohns . edu
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology
St. John’s University, NY
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