This weekend, East Carolina University will host the 99th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Folklore Society. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in room 1031 of the Bate Building. “Resilience” is the theme for this year’s meeting, which is free and open to the public.
The North Carolina Folklore Society is committed to the appreciation, celebration and study of folklore. Since 1913, the NCFS Annual Meeting has been a place for enthusiasts, students and people working in the field of folklore to gather and present their work.
During the meeting, topics of discussion will include resilience and identity, community responses to environmental and social change, and the role of folklife in community-based economic development.
“We will explore the ways communities in eastern North Carolina creatively address changes in the environment and the economy, and the way cultural practices adapt and flex to maintain their meaning and relevance in a changing landscape,” said Steven Kruger, NCFS conference organizer.
An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in room C207 of the Science and Technology Building to honor winners of the 2012 Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards, with presentations and performances by the recipients and nominators. The Brown-Hudson Award was created in 1970 in memory of Frank C. Brown of Duke University, a prolific documenter of North Carolina folklife, and Arthur Palmer Hudson, a professor at the University of North Carolina and founder of the society’s journal. The Community Traditions award honors the organizations and groups who engage in, or support, folklife and traditional culture in North Carolina.
For additional information, or to register for the 2012 NCFS Annual Meeting, please visit www.ncfolkloresociety.org.