Register now for spring courses in Folklore and Ethnography!

Registration for the spring term in 2019 is now open! Here is a list of folklore and ethnography courses being offered for undergraduate students at Penn State:

AFAM 280 Historical Ethnography of Freedom (UP)
AMST 105 Popular Culture and Folklife (multiple sections, Harrisburg, Abington, Brandywine, Erie, Schuylkill, Shenango, UP)
AMST 196 Introduction to American Folklore (multiple sections, Harrisburg, Mont Alto)
AMST 448 Ethnography of the United States (Abington, Capelotti)
ANTH 458 Ethnographic Field Methods (UP, Shenk)
CAMS 45 Classical Mythology (multiple sections, Altoona, Abington, Erie, UP, WEB)
CMLIT 108 Myths and Mythologies (multiple sections, UP, Wilkes-Barre, WEB)
CMLIT 408 Heroic Literature (UP, Cheney)
CSD 230 Deaf Culture (multiple sections, UP, WEB)
GER 157 Pennsylvania Germans (multiple sections, Berks, UP)
HIST 203 The History of Monsters, Aliens, and the Supernatural (multiple sections, Harrisburg, Altoona, UP)

And here is a list of courses that can be taken for the Folklore and Ethnography Graduate Certificate program. For questions or further details, please contact Dr. Buccitelli.

At Harrisburg

AMST 541 Ethnography of Technology and Media (Tolbert)

On the Web or at other campuses

AMST 448 Ethnography of the United States (Abington, Capelotti)
ANTH 458 Ethnographic Field Methods (UP, Shenk)
CI 512 Contemporary Educational Ethnography (UP, Powell)
CMLIT 408 Heroic Literature (UP, Cheney)
LLED 563 Myths and Folktales in Children’s Literature (WEB, Hopkins)

American Folklore Society announces Harrisburg as site of 2021 Annual Meeting

 

From the American Folklore Society website:

Harrisburg and the surrounding Central Pennsylvania area have played a major role in the history of American folklore and folklife studies. Pennsylvania State Librarian William Egle in Harrisburg was a founding member of the American Folklore Society. The first state folklorist in the nation was appointed in 1948 in Harrisburg with offices two blocks from the meeting site. The first academic department of folklore in the country was established at Franklin and Marshall College the previous year. It featured the first public outreach center for folklore and sponsored a festival that grew to be America’s largest regional folk festival—the Kutztown Folk Festival. It also was host in 1967 to the first conference on material culture within folklore and folklife studies. The first folklorist and folk medical archives in a university teaching hospital was housed at Penn State-Hershey Medical Center. Today, academic and public outreach programming continues at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, which features certificate and doctoral programs and the Pennsylvania Center for Folklore, the Susquehanna Folk Music Society, and a folk and traditional arts program as part of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Other sites of folkloristic and historical interest for attendees are in York, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Ephrata, and Carlisle, all within an hour or less drive of the hotel. We should also give a shout out to the “Folklore Coffee & Company” in Elizabethtown, a favorite music and dining haunt of folklorists in the region. The AFS meeting organizers tell us, however, that they plan plenty of special events and sessions to keep attendees busy within the robust meeting facility.

See the official AFS announcement for more information!

Register for Summer and Fall Folklore and Ethnography Courses!

Registration is now open for the summer/fall terms in 2018 is now open! Here is a list of folklore courses being offered for undergraduate students at Penn State:

Summer 2018
AMST 105 Popular Culture and Folklife (TBA, Bryan, Harrisburg)
CAMS 45 Classical Mythology (multiple sections, Web/Abington/Behrend)
CMLIT 108 Myths and Mythology (Web, Staff)
CSD 269 Deaf Culture (Web, Chilton)

Fall 2018
AMST 105 Popular Culture and Folklife (multiple sections, Harrisburg, Brandywine, Erie, Abington)
AMST 196 Introduction to American Folklore (multiple sections, Web/Harrisburg)
AMST 423 Folk Groups and Genres: Chinese American Folklore (TR 4-5:15pm, Buccitelli)
AMST 482 Public Heritage Practices: Public Folklore (W 6-9pm, Van de Water)
CAMS 44 Ancient Near Eastern And Egyptian Mythology (MWF 11:15am-12:05pm, Redford, UP)
CAMS 45 Classical Mythology (multiple sections, Web/Abington/UP/Schuylkill)
CMLIT 108 Myths and Mythology (multiple sections, Web/UP/Worthington Scraton)
GER 157 Pennsylvania Germans (multiple sections, UP/Berks)
HIST 203 History of Monsters, Aliens & The Supernatural (MW 2:30-3:45pm, Staff, Harrisburg)
CSD 269 Deaf Culture (multiple sections, Web/UP)

And here is a list of courses that can be taken for the Folklore and Ethnography Graduate Certificate program. For questions or further details, please contact Dr. Buccitelli.

Summer 2018

AMST 531 Material Culture and Folklife (MW 6-9pm, Sahney, Harrisburg)

Fall 2018

At Harrisburg

AMST 423 Folk Groups and Genres: Chinese American Folklore (TR 4-5:15pm, Buccitelli)
AMST 482 Public Heritage Practices: Public Folklore (W 6-9pm, Van de Water)
AMST 530 Topics in American Folklore: Folklore and New Media (M 6-9 pm, Staff)
AMST 550 Seminar in Public Heritage (R 6-9om, Verplanck)

Web or at University Park Campus

LLED 563 Myths and Folktales in Children’s Literature (WEB, Hopkins)
CI 511 Educational Ethnography: History, Theory, and Methods (We 9:00am – 12:00pm Valente)
CI 512 – Contemporary Educational Ethnography (R 2:30-5:30pm, Powell)

“Pennsylvania Folklore: Woven Together” documentary to air on WITF

Pennsylvania Folklore: Woven Together, a video documentary profiling textile artists in Pennsylvania, will air in the Harrisburg region on WITF on April 1, 2018 at 6pm. Center Director Emeritus Simon Bronner and PSH Folklore and Ethnography certificate student Samantha Moore both contributed to the project. For more information, visit: http://wpsu.psu.edu/…/programs/pennsylvania-folklore-woven…/

The Pennsylvania Folklore Symposium to take place at Penn State on May 17-19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Folklore Symposium will bring together academic and public sector folklorists and students from across the state and region in order to highlight the achievements and issues in the field of folklore, and open a discussion on how to better collaborate and coordinate between institutions and with artists, participants, and creators.

Registration and program information will be released in the near future. Information about the meeting will be posted to the PA Folklore Symposium page.

Date: May 17-19, 2018.

Location: Penn State Harrisburg, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057.

This meeting is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for Folklore and Folk Art PA.

Tenure-track position in material culture and folklife announced!

The American Studies program at Penn State Harrisburg invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of American Studies, with specializations in material culture and folklife, and ethnographic methods in the study of folklore.  This position will commence in August of 2018.  The American Studies program offers the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in American Studies, an integrated BA/MA program for academically superior students, and two graduate certificates in folklore and ethnography and in heritage and museum studies.  In addition, the program manages two academic centers:  the Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies, and the Pennsylvania Center for Folklore.  Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in American Studies, folklore/folklife, history, or a related field is required.  Desirable secondary fields include digital humanities, history, and transnational studies, with a strong preference for digital humanities experience.  Teaching assignments may include core graduate and undergraduate courses in American Studies, as well as courses supporting the folklore and ethnography certificate.  The review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  To be considered, please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a sample of scholarly writing, and contact information for three references.  Any supplemental materials the candidate would like to submit regarding teaching, including syllabi, teaching philosophy, and course evaluations should be mailed to:  ATTN:  Assistant Professor of American Studies Search Committee, Penn State Harrisburg, School of Humanities, W351 Olmsted Building, Middletown, PA  17057.  Questions regarding the search can be emailed to Anthony Bak Buccitelli at abb20@psu.edu.  Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/74998

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