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

Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Amy Shuman (The Ohio State University, emeritus) and Ana Cara (Oberlin College, emeritus)

Forum participants:

Ana Cara (Oberlin College, emeritus)

Amanda Dargan Zeitlin (City Lore)

Steve Zeitlin (City Lore)

This Forum addresses the pressing question “What does it mean to ‘get it right’ when Folklorists aim to (re)present a culture?” We begin with the premise that in our engagement with traditional artists and members of a community, as well as in our scholarship, “getting it right” always assumes an aesthetic question. We are interested, therefore, in how communities and practitioners negotiate “getting it right,” and what this means to a wide variety of individuals and groups, including collectors, exhibit coordinators, poets, sculptors, dancers, singers, and anyone else engaged with the traditional arts.