Thursday, October 12

V4-07 In Honor and Memory of Dan Ben-Amos: A Revolutionary Force and Visionary in the Field of Folklore (Part I)

Thursday, October 12, 8:00 am–10:00 am

session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the American Folklore Society, the Fellows of the American Folklore Society, the Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section

Chair: Dana M. Ernst (University of California, Los Angeles)

Forum participants:

Simon J. Bronner (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Itzik Gottesman (University of Texas at Austin, retired)

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, emerita)

Simon Keith Lichman (Centre for Creativity in Education and Cultural Heritage)

ARZU ÖZTÜRKMEN (Boğaziçi University)

Dani Schrire (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Eli Yassif (Tel-Aviv University, emeritus)

Yael Zerubavel

Dina Stein

Lee Haring

The first of a two-part series in honor and in memory of Dan Ben-Amos, this virtual panel features folklorists from across the globe. In this session, panelists will discuss Dan Ben-Amos’ contributions to Folklore Theory and Practice, Performance, Cultural Memory, Humor, Proverb Scholarship, Jewish Studies, and Jewish Folklore. In speaking to Dan Ben-Amos’ monumental scholarship and contributions, our panel will include contextualized personal reflections and memories of Dan Ben-Amos as mentor, professor, colleague, collaborator, and friend. Panelists will speak to Dan Ben-Amos’ impact on their academic trajectories, their deep gratitude and appreciation of him for his scholarly interest and engagement, and to the teaching of his work in Jewish Folklore at the university.