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, 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.
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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 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
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.