This panel examines how the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife/Smithsonian Folklife Festival has articulated ideological positions on American culture through the selection and presentation of a variety of cultural practices from its founding in 1967 to the present. How have the “authenticating and legitimizing networks” (Whisnant 1991: 173) and specific spatial constraints and programmatic requirements of the Festival shaped the practices of those who have appeared? How have these individuals interpreted their appearance? How have they interacted with audiences and festival promoters, both during the Festival of American Folklife itself and around and outside it?
If you would be interested in participating in this panel please send a 250-word abstract and a CV to Jesse P. Karlsberg at email@example.com by January 19. I will reply by the following day stating whether your paper will be included in the panel proposal.
Jesse P. Karlsberg
Institute for Liberal Arts
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