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  • A street market in South London. Photo credit Kim Jones.
  • Students in a Qualitative Research Methods class and members of the APO Service Learning fraternity celebrate Halloween 2009 with children at the East Burlington Community Center. Photo credit Kim Jones.
  • Apple pressing in Cowee, NC 2008 as part of research conducting through PERCS. Photo credit Kirsten Rhodes.
  • NC potter Mark Hewitt with a clay coil for a large pot in Pittsboro, NC 2005. Photo credit Tom Mould.
  • A young woman getting her lip pierced at Kingpin Tattoo in Greensboro, NC 2002. Photo credit Lauren Vilis & Samiha Khanna.

PERCS News

Announcing speaker Ray Cashman 

Monday, March 18, 2013
Ray Cashman “Folklore on the Irish Border: A Voice from the Margins”
LaRose Digital Theater, Koury Business School 101, 7:30 p.m.

Ray Cashman is Associate Professor of Folklore in the English department of the Ohio State University, with adjunct positions in Anthropology and Comparative Studies.  He specializes in the ethnography of communication, performance studies, and the politics of culture. Having conducted extensive fieldwork in Ireland, north and south, Cashman has published on traditional customs, drama, and rites of passage; oral history, commemoration, memory, and nostalgia; and vernacular negotiations of local, ethnic, sectarian, and political identities.  He is the author of Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Characters and Community (2008), which won the Chicago Folklore Prize from the American Folklore Society and the Donald Murphy Award from the American Conference for Irish Studies, and the co-editor (with Tom Mould and Pravina Shukla) of The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives (2011). Cashman will discuss his current work with an Irish storyteller who turns to traditional narratives to critique the world around him and to push back against marginalization and stigma associated with poverty.

PERCS Continues the  Voices of Welfare Project

PERCS, Elon’s Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies, has launched a multi-year, collaborative ethnographic research project to bring community members, students and faculty together to address the issue of how narratives shape our understanding of public assistance programs and the people who are the recipients of government economic aid.

Click here to Follow The Voices of Welfare

PERCS launches new project

PERCS, Elon's Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies, is launching a multi-year, collaborative ethnographic research project to bring community members, students and faculty together to address the issue of how narratives shape our understanding of public assistance programs and the people who are the recipients of government economic aid.

PERCS launches new ethnographic website

Featured Work

Follow The Faces

PERCS is helping to examine the system of public assistance in contemporary and historical contexts. Members of PERCS conduct fieldwork in Alamance county to record the stories people share about their views and experiences with public assistance. Check it out

Hindu Worship Traditions

Amy Allocco, assistant professor of religious studies, has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork in South India for her book on contemporary Hindu snake worship traditions. Read more about Hindu Worship Traditions.