Folklore and the Politics of Belief in the Caribbean
Workshop hosted by The Mellon Seminar on Caribbean Cultural History.
Thursday, May 14, 20091:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA 90095
- Lara Putnam, University of Pittsburgh, “Rites of Power and Rumours of Race: The Circulation of Supernatural Knowledge and Sacrifice Tales in the Greater Caribbean, 1890-1940.”
- Gage Averill, University of Toronto, “Ballad Hunting in the Black Republic: Alan Lomax, Vodou, and Folklore.”
- Kevin Yelvington, University of South Florida, “Melville Herskovits's Theory of Folklore.”
- Patrick Polk, UCLA, “Dead Reckoning: Positioning "Haitian" Revenants Among the Wonders of the North American Invisible World.”
- Commentator, Robert Hill, UCLA
The papers will be available soon here at the Latin American Institute Calendar.
About the panelists:
Lara Putnam’s publications include: Honor, Status, and Law in Modern Latin America. Sueann Caulfield, Sarah Chambers, and Lara Putnam, eds. (Duke University Press, 2005); and The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870–1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002).
Gage Averill’s A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti (University of Chicago Press, 1997) won the Association of Recorded Sound Collections Award for Best Research in the Field of Recorded Folk and Ethnic Music, 1998, and his second monograph, Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony, was named an “Outstanding Academic Title for 2004" by Choice, the review magazine of the American Library Association and was awarded the 2004 Alan P. Merriam Prize recognizing the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology and the Irving Lowens Award for Best Book from the Society for American Music. He is also an editor of Making and Selling Culture (with Richard Ohmann et al, Wesleyan University Press, 1996).
Kevin Yelvington’s publications include: The Colonial Caribbean in Transition: Essays on Postemancipation Social and Cultural History. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall (in progress under contract); (Editor) Afro-Atlantic Dialogues: Anthropology in the Diaspora, Santa Fe, N.M.: School of American Research Press (forthcoming); (Co-Editor, with Bridget Brereton)The Colonial Caribbean in Transition: Essays on Postemancipation Social and Cultural History, Gainesville: University Press of Florida/Mona, Jamaica: The Press, The University of the West Indies (1999); Producing Power: Ethnicity, Gender, and Class in a Caribbean Workplace, Philadelphia: Temple University Press (1995); (Editor) Trinidad Ethnicity, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press/London: Macmillan, Warwick University Caribbean Studies Series (1993).
Patrick Polk’s publications include Haitian Vodou Flags (1997); The Cast-Off Recast: Recycling and the Creative Transformation of Mass-Produced Objects (co-edited, 1999); Arte y Estilo: The Lowriding Tradition (co-edited, 2000), Botánica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in City of Angels (2004), and the forthcoming Conjurers, Healers, and Hoodoo Doctors: Readings on African-American Magic and Folk Medicine. Among the exhibits he has curated are "Sequined Spirits: Contemporary Vodou Flags" (1996), " Cruisin,' Stylin,' and Pedal-Scrapin': The Art of the Lowrider Bicycle" (1998), "Muffler Men, Munecos and Other Welded Wonders: Folk Art from Automotive Debris" (1999), and “Botánica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in City of Angels.”
A light lunch will be served.
The panelist's papers will be available soon
Cost : Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, The Mellon Seminar on Caribbean Cultural History.