University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
May 25-27, 2017
The Folklore Studies Association of Canada welcomes paper proposals for its 2018 Meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in cooperation with the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. With an established record of fruitful partnerships between the fields of folklore, ethnology and nissology rooted in these respective disciplines’ shared focus on vital relationships and exchanges between people in time and place, this year’s meeting proves to be one for both collaboration and inspiration across our specific areas of research. Prince Edward Island has long served and continues to serve as an integral hub for multicultural contacts. Indeed, the Island’s resilient communities continue their long legacy of offering key insights into the expression and transmission of communally-maintained knowledge. Whether it is farming and fishing communities redefining their relationships to the land and sea based on the present realities of climate change, the digital construction of narrative in videogame design attracting new Canadians forging their own pathways, or the composition of a fiddle tune for commercial production within the music industry, all of the Island’s groups contribute to our understanding the ebb and flow of human experience. The Folklore Studies Association of Canada and the Institute of Island Studies recognize that this meeting is being held upon the ancestral and unceded lands of the Mi’kmaq people – the Island is Epekwitk.
This year’s theme: “Carried on the Waves: Contemporary Currents in Folklore and Ethnology / Porté par les Vagues: Courants Actuels d’Ethnologie et de Folklore”, emerges from the ethnographic perspective of capturing the flow of expression among various groups over time and place. In this sense, such movements course as both openly flowing and all-too-often arrested streams within the expression of everyday life, as various groups strive to find practical solutions informed by past experience towards ensuring their future resiliency in a rapidly changing world. Folklore can be defined as being both in motion and as being the motion itself; both expression and transmission are captured in this understanding of sound’s waves carried by and shared among individuals over time and space. In taking such an open approach presenters are encouraged to explore new interpretations of folkways and FSAC/ACEF welcomes papers on the following topics: islandness, space and place, identity, transmission.
Paper proposals on additional topics are also encouraged.