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From the Convenor
2012 National Folklore Conference – Call for Papers
FROM THE CONVENOR
This edition contains the call for papers to the 2012 National Folklore Conference, together with news of publications and projects. Thanks to June Factor, Gwenda Beed Davey, Brian Samuels, Mark Gregory, Mark Schuster and Michael Brown.
2012 NATIONAL FOLKLORE CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PAPERS
The AFN’s annual conference will again take place prior to the National Folk Festival on Thursday 5 April 2012 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.
The organising committee now calls for expressions of interest to present a 20 minute paper at the conference. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Title of paper
Short abstract (200 words) of your proposed paper
By October 31 2011.
CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND GAMES AND SONGS IN THE NEW MEDIA AGE
A British project that has linked the Opie Collection, the British Library, scholars at the Institute of Education at London University and a number of other unis, and many schools.
FRANK THE POET RESEARCH WEBSITE
Mark Gregory has set up a research website in honour of Francis MacNamara aka Frank the Poet in the year of his bicentenary. Since he died in 1861 it also in the 150th anniversary of his death.
Frank was perhaps the first industrial poet song/writer in Australia ... most of his compositions were based around protests a conditions, refusals to work (particularly in the Newcastle coal mines) or were celebrations of convict escapes, bushrangers, seizure of ships and of course the death of the monstrous commandant of the Moreton Bay Penal settlement Captain Patrick Logan. His epic poem ‘The Convict's Tour To Hell’ (often wrongly titled) is perhaps his best known composition, but his introductory epigram most perfectly sums up his political creed:
My name is Frank MacNamara
A native of Cashel, County Tipperary
Sworn to be a Tyrant's foe
And while I live I'll crow
Mark Schuster has begun putting his extensive collections of German traditions in Australia onto the Web on a fascinating site at http://germanydownunder.com/
PLAY AND FOLKLORE
Please click on this link to view the latest issue of Play and Folklore: Play and Folklore issue 55. The latest edition celebrates 30 years of publication and details how Play and Folklore has come to be what it is today.
CHILDHOOD TRADITIONS PROJECT
The final report for the Australia Research Council-funded Childhood Traditions project is accessible from http://australian-centre.unimelb.edu.au/CTC/
HISTORICAL SOURCES AND SOURCE CRITICISM.
Edited by Susanne Ziegler.2010. Stockholm: Svenskt visarkiv. ISBN: 978-91-977013-7-2 (soft cover).
Despite its title, this book is about folk music, or ethnomusicology. A review can be read at http://www.indiana.edu/~jofr/review.php?id=1201
FROM NEW ZEALAND
Three recent NZ books which may be of interest:
Michael Smythe, 2011, /New Zealand by design: a history of New Zealand product design/. Auckland:
Godwit Jane McRae and Heni Jacob, 2011, /Nga- Mo-teatea: an introduction: he kupu Arataki/. Auckland: Auckland University Press
Carolyn Micham, 2011, /The horse in New Zealand: attitude and heart/.
Auckland: David Bateman.
See also NZfolklore mailing list NZfolklore@lists.vuw.ac.nz
Graham Seal’s Outlaw Heroes in Myth and History was recently published by Anthem Press (London/New York). It includes some discussion of bushranging traditions, along with a consideration of the outlaw hero globally.
AUSTRALIAN FOLKLORE SOCIETY JOURNAL AVAILABLE ONLINE (UPDATED LINK)
Brian Samuels has an update of a link included in Transmissions 32 on the Australian Folklore Society Journal, 1984-98. It is now http://www.horntip.com/html/books_&_MSS/1980s/19841998_australian_folklore_society_journal_%28PB%29/index.htm