Francis Lee Utley Memorial Panel: Legacies of Dan Ben-Amos across Folklore’s Fields: Reflections from Students and Mentees

Friday, November 03, 4:45 pm–6:15 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

in-person session will be live streamed
session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Chair: Mary Hufford (Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network)

Galit Hasan-Rokem (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, emerita)Panelists
Robert Baron (Goucher College)
Amy Horowitz (GALACTIC/ Indiana University)
Solimar Otero (Indiana University)
Amy Shuman (The Ohio State University, emeritus)

Dan Ben Amos (1934-2023) charted the late 20th-century trajectory of folklore studies early on in his career, with his influential writings on genre, context, and performance. In this session, four of Dan Ben-Amos’s students and mentees reflect on his ongoing scholarly contributions to folklore theory, and to the subfields of Jewish Studies, African Studies, Narrative Studies, and Folklore Theory and Practice. To honor Dan Ben-Amos’ continuing commitment to dialogue, our panel will engage a dynamic discussion of some the central concepts he introduced and that have become part of all dimensions of folklore research, teaching and practice. Following ten minutes of reflection from each of the panelists, Galit Hasan-Rokem will serve as discussant, opening the session to contributions from the floor.