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

Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Galleria I

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Bill Ivey (Center for Cultural Affairs, Indiana University)

Forum participants:

Ehsan Estiri (Utah State University)

John Laudun (University of Louisiana)

Elliott Oring (California State University, Los Angeles, emeritus)

Ziying You (The College of Wooster)

The Dell Hymes AFS Presidential Address, delivered in Portland, Oregon on November 2nd, 1974, advanced a range of ideas—big and small— relevant to folklore studies today. Folklore as a window into "a fundamental aspect of human nature," the impulse to "traditionalize" experience" as a cultural universal, the danger that our field might stumble into "residual" status in the academy. This forum of senior and advancing scholars will both celebrate and critique Hymes's argument offered a half-century ago.