Conferences, classes and festivals

Ritual, Sacred, and Folk Arts Festivals and Conferences

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Second Fiddles in Medieval Rituals

International Conference

Department for historical studies NTNU, Trondheim 20-22 September 2017

This conference addresses the role, status and performance of secondary actors in medieval rituals, thus enabling us to diversify and deepen our understanding of rituals in pre-modern societies. Although peripheral to the engineering and execution of rituals in a formal sense, the postures and actions of these ancillary players often made their participation vital for the success of the rituals’ primary agents. What roles did secondary actors play in medieval rituals and what were the deeper meanings ascribed to them? What relation did they have to central actors? Did they operate individually on their own volition or as representatives serving broader group interests? How freely could they maneuver within and influence the rituals in which they participated?

Although relegated to a subordinate tier within the formal hierarchy of ritual service, their role and status was not immutable. With every ritual came new opportunities for secondary actors to renegotiate the divisions of service. How and to what end did secondary actors alter their role, status and performance? Can we identify disruptions that challenged the hierarchies of ritual (coups, initiatives), and what was the meaning and purpose for restructuring ritual performances?

Call for Papers Translation into Theatre and the Social Sciences

16th-17th June 2017 University of Oxford, St Hilda’s College/ Faculty of Classics

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief biography to, before the 9th April 2017.

Contact Info:  Cedric Ploix

Giovanna Di Martino

Contact Email:

The poetics of theatre translation and adaptation is often dependent on the intimate knowledge of the expectations of the target audience. Understanding the evolution of theatre translations, the success or failure of some productions or texts requires a full understanding of the social context, and should therefore not be limited to a textual study alone.


Mythcon 48 All That Is Gold

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

July 28 – 31, 2017

Call For Papers

Mythcon 48 will be held in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

July 28 – 31, 2017

Location details, room and board packages and options, and our first progress report will be forthcoming VERY soon.

In the meantime, registration is open and here’s a podcast interview with Melody Green, Mythcon 48 chair, talking about Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and the theme of sacrifice in children’s literature. The interview was done shortly before the Tolkien conference in fall of 2016 – enjoy!

The Mythopoeic Society is launching into a series of 50th anniversaries: the founding of the Society in 2017; the initial solicitation of articles for Mythlore in 2018; and of our Mythopoeic conferences in 2019. For the fiftieth anniversary of our Society, we are relating to gold – all that is gold!

Guests of Honor

William Fliss, Archivist at the Marquette University Special Collections and Archives

Laura Schmidt, Archivist at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College


Gold in fantasy:

Greed for gold: Tolkien’s dwarves and gold lust, economic systems in fantasy and fantasy gaming

Gold as a color: color symbolism in fantasy and heraldry

Gold as an element: gold and other fantastic elements and materials like mithril, octarine, meteorite metal, unobtanium, or the list of semi-precious gems in Tolkien’s “Errantry”…

The Golden Age: in fantasy and myth, of fantasy as a genre

Digging for Gold in the Archives:

Primary and secondary materials about the Inklings and other fantasy authors in the archives at Marquette University, the Wade Center, Oxford University, and other locations

Fan material and society archives

Materials in collections at the University of Illinois, especially the Center for Children’s Books

Archives, libraries, writing, and research IN fantasy



The Society’s 128th annual meeting

will take place October 18-21, 2017 at the  the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations are encouraged but not required, is “Community: Resistance, Reclamation, and Re-Creation

Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2017

Whose traditions get to be expressed, sanctioned and studied and whose do not?  When the exclusionary dominant version is the worldview accepted as official, what costs do communities outside the dominant group pay in terms of sustaining their traditions? How do power, privilege, whiteness, and intersectionality shape the story? Where are those structures that reinforce or challenge systems of exclusion?

As folklorists, we are committed to exploring the absent, invisible, and counter expressions of communities in our midst. These creations can be sites of re-creating community in the face of disruption, reclaiming traditional knowledge, and resisting the power structures that silence or marginalize them.

This year’s organizing team invites participants to examine, interpret and explore the breadth of this topic. Relevant topics especially include cultural issues facing transnational communities, New Americans and communities of color as well as other communities (e.g., disabilities, LGBTQ) whose identities and cultures have been invisible. The work of public folklorists and folklorists in the schools may have much to offer on this topic as well.  Of course, in addition to this topic, we encourage participants to explore the full dimensions of their scholarship, regardless of topic.

The 128th Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of US and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen friendships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required.

You can find more information about the meeting, including instructions for submitting proposals, beginning February 1, 2016, at



The Institute for Environmental Learning will be hosting

the 9th World Environmental Education Congress

September 9 – 15, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat.Over 1500 researchers, educators, students, NGO, industry leaders and media from around the world are expected to attend.

Check this link for background information on the event, exhibit pricing, and other sponsorship options. Please share the call with your contacts and/or advise the WEEC Secretariat about potential

Hosted by SFU, the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) is a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia. Our members come from a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, community groups, non-profit organizations, and provincial and regional governments. Over 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the Congress. The organizing committee in 2017 will embrace different approaches in both the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide.

Our theme in 2017 is Culture/Environment. This focuses on the multi-disciplinarity nature of the congress and a developing view that Culture and Environment are inseparable and may even arise from within each other. Such a theme of environmentalism underscores a need to abandon notions that everything is measurable or under human control. The real paradigm of environmental thinking is uncertainty in the ways forward vs. the idea that ‘progress’ is unavoidable. Cultural change is also the necessary condition/requirement to rebuild and reinvent our relation with nature and live sustainably. Therefore, with this call for papers we promote NETWORK/ACTION/COALITION. WEEC 2017 (Vancouver) will be a congress of Cultural and Environmental mobilization.

 Call for Papers : Publications

The Center for Performance Studies, University of Washington

CFP: Get Up and Play: Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

Deadline Date: June 01, 2017

Type: Call for Papers Date: By June 1, 2017

Subject Fields: Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, Sociology, Ethnography, Queer Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Design, Musicology, Sexuality Studies, American History.

CFP: Get Up and Play: Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.”

This is a call for an EDITED Volume on Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music that took place at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, September and October 2016.

This edited volume will present a critical and comprehensive analysis of Taylor Mac’s 24- Decade History of Popular Music. It will include original annotated interviews by the editors and a variety of images along with carefully selected essays from various contributors across fields and disciplines.  We are interested in both the concert series and the 24-Hour Marathon.

Suggested topics may include: Analysis of the various acts from a theoretical/historical perspective (1776-2016), examination of the show’s conventions or dramaturgical components such as media, aesthetic, Machine Dazzle’s costume design, the role of the Dandy Minions, Matt Ray’s musical arrangements or Tigger Ferguson’s boylesque interludes, queer histories as a mode of agency/radicalism, Niegel Smith and Taylor Mac’s collaborative approach to directing, the rehearsal and workshopping process of a 24-hour-long performance, the choreography and immersion of the audience in the production, themes of empathy, vulnerability, or communitas or other original contributions. High quality scans of original illustrations and drawings completed at the concert are also welcomed.

The volume will be co-edited by Sean F. Edgecomb (CUNY), David Román (USC) and Dan Venning (NYU). Please send a 500-600-word abstract outlining topic and approach, along with a CV to by June 1, 2017. Decisions will be made by August 1, 2017. The anticipated submission date for final essays is November 1, 2017.


Festivals and Gatherings

Camp Lilac

August 6th – 19th

A summer camp for transgender youth.





Phone: 216-702-4207

Winter Office:  3583 Ingleside Rd. Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Do you know a teen who needs this camp? Or someone who might be a counselor? Please forward the information. Donations will be gladly accepted to help kids attend who cannot afford the camp fee.


Castlefest Music Festival

August 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th, 2017

Kasteel Keukenhof

Keukenhof 1

2161 AN Lisse



6/9, 10 & 11 – 5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering!

Registration opens 3/15. Concert 6/9, workshops 6/10, Larry Conger workshop 6/11!

Saturday, 6/10, 9-4: workshops at the Freight & Salvage

Friday, 6/9, 7:30pm: faculty concert at The Back Room (downtown Berkeley)

Registration opens March 2017.



Hexenfest Music Festival

SEPT 28-OCT 1, 2017




Cauldera Fest

Four Days and Three Nights of Pagan Music

Workshops,  Vending, and Festivities October 5-9, 2017 LaFayette, Georgia