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October 14, 2020

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

AmericanFolkloreSociety@afsnet.org, 812-856-2379

The American Folklore Society will reconvene October 14-17, 2020, in Tulsa, where the South, Midwest, and Great Plains regions meet. The theme, “Re-centering the Periphery,” calls us to focus on the intersections of what is marginalized and centralized in our field and in the larger public debates about national identities in 2020. The many peoples, communities, and histories that make up the story of Oklahoma intersect with and challenge tropes we often use to symbolize the nation. Tulsa is the location of important drivers of national economic prosperity and also some of the worst excesses of colonialism and westward expansion, racial violence, and environmental degradation. Oklahoma’s populations of relocated Native Americans, freed slaves, and immigrant communities have been the sources of centering and important symbols of national identity even as they have been displaced, marginalized, and pushed to the periphery. This backdrop invites us to engage in deeper discussions of what is on the periphery of our own field. How does our work highlight the interplay between theory and practice, the representation of the marginal as centering symbols, the complications of advocacy and analysis, and the cultural and rhetorical mechanics of marginalization? The AFS Annual Meeting will bring specialists in folklore, folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to share work and to strengthen networks. See registration rates at https://www.afsnet.org/page/2020AMregrates

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