Friday, November 3

All times displayed are Pacific Time.

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

7:30 am–8:30 am
Skyline III

Coffee and Networking for Folk Arts Partnership Professional Development Institute Participants

7:30 am–8:30 am
Skyline I

Past Presidents’ Breakfast

8:00 am–3:00 pm
Plaza Foyer


8:00 am–5:00 pm
Boardroom West

Quiet Room

8:00 am–5:00 pm
Boardroom East

Room for Families

8:00 am–6:00 pm
Atrium Ballroom

Exhibit Room

8:30 am–10:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (04)

04-02  Folklore Methodologies in Teaching and Learning

04-03  Uprooting Ukraine: Resistance and Identity in North American Ukrainian Communities [Hybrid]

04-04  Folklore and Mental Health

04-05  Roots and Routes: Political and Cultural Borders in Latin American Music-Making

04-06  Representations in Immigrant Settlement and Interethnic Engagement in the Upper Midwest

04-07  Minority Peoples, Expressive Culture, and Heritage in—and from—the Southeast Asian Massif, Part 4

04-08  Workshop: Introduction to Alternative Social Platforms

04-09  Ritual Forms: Dance and Festival

04-10  Myth Performance and Religion

04-11  Charismata and Divination in Vernacular Mormonism

04-12  Folklore and the Environment in the Coastal American South

04-13  Conservation and Destruction of Material Culture

04-14  The Future of Community Scholars Programs

04-15  Joy, Jokes, and Amusement

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (05)

05-01  “Getting it Right”: The Aesthetics of Representation

05-02  The Landscape of Heritage

05-03  Retirement, ReWirement, Refirement [Hybrid]

05-04  Moving Towards Neurosustainability: Seeding, Cultivating, and Reinforcing Neurodiversity in a Neurotypical Monoculture

05-05  The Roots and Rootedness of Black Geographies: Where Homes Are Made and Futures Are Grown

05-06  The Roots of Maturity: Pathways to Aging Creatively

05-07  Slow Scholarship and Folklore Futures: A Discussion of Domino Perez’s Fatherhood in the Borderlands: A Daughter’s Slow Approach (2022)

05-08  Foodways and the Negotiation of Roots, Rootlessness, and Uprooting

05-09  Workshop: Writing Climate Stories: Getting Local and Going to the Page to Meet the Climate Crisis

05-10  Health, Magic, and Gendered Power in pre-Modern Scandinavia and Russia

05-12  Theorizing Global Asian Folklore Studies: Remaking Fluid Boundaries

05-13  Material Narratives

05-14  Gender, Folklore, and Identity

05-15  The Importance and Use of Archives in Folklore Studies

12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Directors Suite

Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) Brown Bag

12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Council Suite

Transnational Asia/Pacific Section Business Meeting

12:45 pm–2:15 pm
Broadway III/IV

Fellows Business Meeting

12:45 pm–2:15 pm

Folklore and Disability Group Meets with Filmmaker Debra Robinson

12:45 pm–2:15 pm
HopCity Tavern (Hotel Bar and Restaurant, Hilton Portland Downtown)

Lunch with Midwest Folklorists and Cultural Workers Alliance (MFCWA)

12:45 pm–2:15 pm
Broadway I/II

Models of Mentorship: A Workshop with Sonia Mañjon, LeaderSpring Center [Hybrid]

2:30 pm–4:00 pm
Skyline I

16 Tons: Limberjacks and American Folk Puppetry

2:30 pm–4:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (06)

06-01  Narrative Knows No Boundaries: Papers Inspired by the Work of Amy Shuman

06-02  Decolonizing Cultural Heritage

06-03  Folk Heterotopias [Hybrid]

06-04  Health, (Dis)Ability, and Justice

06-05  United States National Cemeteries – Visual and Sensory Testimonies of the Conflicts that Shape and Affect our History, from Slavery to Today

06-06  Phases of Fieldwork

06-07  Value Beyond Measure: Assessing and Communicating the Impact of Programs and Community-engaged Work

06-08  Foodways and Identity in Faith, Family, and Folktales

06-09  Rooting Death in Folkloristics

06-10  Dell Hymes Presidential Address at (Nearly) 50: A Critical Celebration

06-11  Digital Fruits, Conservative Roots: Contextualizing Right-Wing Folklore Online

06-12  Observing Ritual: Invisible Gods, Tourists, and Ethnographic Filmmaking in Japan

06-13  Adversity, Advocacy, and the Politics of Vernacular Artistic Expression

06-14  Folklore and Pop Culture

06-15  Place, Folklore, and the Rooting of Identity

2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Skyline II

Needs Assessment and Advocacy for Academic Programs

4:45 pm–6:15 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

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

Chair: Mary Hufford (Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network)


Galit Hasan-Rokem (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, emerita)


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.

6:15 pm–7:45 pm
Skyline I

AFS Fellows Dinner Reception for Graduate Students

6:30 pm–7:30 pm
HopCity Tavern (Hotel Bar and Restaurant, Hilton Portland Downtown)

Appalachian Studies Happy Hour

6:30 pm–7:30 pm
Skyline II

Networking Gathering, Transnational Asia-Pacific Section

6:30 pm–7:30 pm
Galleria II

Public Programs Meeting

7:30 pm–8:30 pm
HopCity Tavern (Hotel Bar and Restaurant, Hilton Portland Downtown)

Independent Folklorists Meet-Up

7:30 pm–8:30 pm
Pavilion Foyer

Reception Honoring Our Mentors

8:30 pm–10:00 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

Phillips Barry Memorial Panel: The Practice, Mentorship and the Future of African American Expression: An Evening with Phil Wiggins and Ben Hunter    

Sponsored by:
Music and Song Section

Chair: Junious Lee Brickhouse (Urban Artistry Inc.) and Stephen  D. Winick (American Folklife Center)

Sometimes his students, sometimes his collaborators, and certainly his friends, Ben Hunter and Junious Brickhouse join National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins in a conversation about African American expressive art forms and why dialogues must continue across forms, the importance of mentorship and intergenerational work, and the legacies we leave through performance practice and through our relationships. In this panel, these artists will discuss the whys of their work, the communities of practice that tend to these roots in the present day, and the mentorship important for stewarding these traditions into the future. The session will undoubtedly include some performance and dance as these long-time colleagues make space together.

Phil Wiggins, acoustic country blues harmonica player, educator, and mentor:
Ben Hunter, musician, educator, cultural advocate and arts administrator:
Junious Brickhouse, dancer, folklorist, educator, researcher, cultural diplomat:

10:00 pm–12:00 am
Pavilion Ballroom

Concert with National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins

11:00 pm–1:00 am
Forum Suite

Instrumental Jam Session

11:00 pm–1:00 am
Studio Suite

Vocal Jam (Song Circle)