Mason Folklore Roundtable

The Folklore Roundtable is a companion student organization to Mason's Folklore Studies Program.

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04/18/2023

It’s that time again! Join the Folklore Roundtable on April 29th for an adventurous tour of Old Town Alexandria! Meet us at Misha’s Coffee and we’ll visit folkloristic sites including the Wilkes Street Tunnel, Jones Point Park, and the Grave of the Female Stranger. You can register on Mason360 or here: https://cglink.me/2d7/r2088798

Love Stories: Diversity of Love 02/08/2023

It's your last chance to register for LOVE STORIES, starting in a few hours! Register below 👇

Love Stories: Diversity of Love Learn your Love Language & share your love far and wide this Valentine's Day!

Love Stories: Diversity of Love 02/06/2023

Do you prefer giving gifts or giving hugs?

Come learn your Love Language at this virtual storytelling event on Wednesday evening and prepare to spread lots of love this Valentine's Day. Register today!

Love Stories: Diversity of Love Learn your Love Language & share your love far and wide this Valentine's Day!

Love Stories: Diversity of Love 02/03/2023

Do you feel more loved when someone hugs you or when they give you words of encouragement? Come learn your love language at this virtual event! Spaces are limited, register today!

Love Stories: Diversity of Love Learn your Love Language & share your love far and wide this Valentine's Day!

12/10/2022

Folklore professor Debra Lattanzi Shutika on her recent Fulbright award where she will study home and heritage in County Mayo, Ireland. While there, she will also teach folklore, field documentation, digital storytelling, and sense of place at the Mayo and Galway campuses of Atlantic Technological University ! Read more here: https://chss.gmu.edu/articles/17992

12/02/2022

In October, we hosted our first ever Legends & Lore Walking tour of campus, read all about the event here: https://tinyurl.com/2f4t7fp9

Photos from Mason Folklore Roundtable's post 11/16/2022


Huge congrats to our Mason Folklore community for an impressive turnout at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting!

Graduate student, Betty Aquino presented her paper "Dark Drama: American Haunted Houses, Power, Performance, and Positionality in the Face of a Shifting Economic Landscape" (photo1); graduate student Allie Stanich presented their paper “Queering Cosplay and Conventions: Intersections of Folklore, the Cosplay Community, and Gender Identity” (photo 2); professor and recent AFS fellow, Dr. Lisa Gilman presented their paper “ ‘We Are All Human’: Music as Survival for Refugees in Global Contexts” (photo 3); Dr. Lijun Zhang also presented a paper “The Differenciation and Dynamic of Basket Making in Southwest China”(photo 4); and Betty Aquino also facilitated the Graduate Student and Young Professionals social hour section (photo 5)!

We are impressed by the way our community engages with the larger folklore community!

11/16/2022

Tomorrow, Professor Lisa Gilman will be on a panel with Syrian Artist Abdulrahman Naanseh in Fenwick Library.

Uncovering the Kingdom of Red Lines is an in-person event featuring artist, Abdulrahman Naanseh, and three faculty researchers who will discuss Syria, conflict, refugees, and the role of art and calligraphy in Middle Eastern history and culture.

Register here: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/1976611/1912535/

11/07/2022

Mason students, make your membership in the Folklore Roundtable official! Register in Mason360 to stay in the know about upcoming events, social hours, and more!
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/2p5jekym


11/03/2022

Be sure to read about the Fulbright sponsored research of folklore professor, Debra Lattanzi Shutika! She’ll spend a year in County Mayo, teaching and conducting research! https://chss.gmu.edu/articles/17992

11/03/2022

So excited to have Dr. Patricia Turner on campus to talk about her latest book, Trash Talk: Anti-Obama Lore and Race in the Twenty-First Century. One of the leading folklore scholars in the country!

AFS Member Application - The American Folklore Society 11/03/2022

Students, are you members of American Folklore Society yet? Your student membership gives you access to incredible resources. Join today: https://tinyurl.com/hr9drku4

AFS Member Application - The American Folklore Society AFS Member Application Instructions To join AFS as a new member, please fill out the following information. You can add sections dues on the next screen, and you can choose to either pay once or set up automatic monthly/annual billing by saving a payment profile. If you are a current or recent memb...

11/01/2022

This is your last chance to register for Spooky Stories because it’s tonight! This event is open to all and is your chance to share or listen to some of the spookiest, scariest, and creepiest stories to keep the spirit of spooky season alive! Register now: https://tinyurl.com/yc45hhkj

Spooky Stories: A Virtual Story-Telling Event 10/31/2022

Happy Halloween! If Halloween is your favorite, then you should join us for Spooky Stories!

All are welcome to this open-mic style event! This virtual event is a space to share your best spooky, scary stories! Register today: https://tinyurl.com/yc45hhkj

Spooky Stories: A Virtual Story-Telling Event This open-mic style event is your chance to share or listen to the best fictional or non-fictional spooky stories!

Spooky Stories: A Virtual Story-Telling Event 10/28/2022

Join us if you dare!

Spooky Stories is back, this virtual, open-mic style event is space to share your spookiest stories on UFO’s, cryptids, ghosts, the unexplained, and more! Fictional, non-fictional stories, imperfect, and short stories all welcome! Register today: https://tinyurl.com/yc45hhkj

Spooky Stories: A Virtual Story-Telling Event This open-mic style event is your chance to share or listen to the best fictional or non-fictional spooky stories!

Photos from Mason Folklore Roundtable's post 10/28/2022

Huge congrats to our Mason Folklore community for an impressive turnout at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting!

Graduate student, Betty Aquino presented her paper "Dark Drama: American Haunted Houses, Power, Performance, and Positionality in the Face of a Shifting Economic Landscape" (photo1); graduate student Allie Stanich presented their paper “Queering Cosplay and Conventions: Intersections of Folklore, the Cosplay Community, and Gender Identity” (photo 2); professor and recent AFS fellow, Dr. Lisa Gilman presented their paper “ ‘We Are All Human’: Music as Survival for Refugees in Global Contexts” (photo 3); Dr. Lijun Zhang also presented a paper “The Differenciation and Dynamic of Basket Making in Southwest China”(photo 4); and Betty Aquino also facilitated the Graduate Student and Young Professionals social hour section (photo 5)!

We are impressed by the way our community engages with the larger folklore community!

10/27/2022

Join the Folklore Program in welcoming folklorist, Patricia Turner for her talk, “Trashed Identities: Images of Barack and Michelle Obama in Rumors, Legends, and Conspiracy Theories?” on Thursday, November 3, 4:30PM - 6:00PM in The Hub on the campus of George Mason University.

This lecture will discuss her latest book, Trash Talk: Anti-Obama Lore and Race in the Twenty-First Century. Trash Talk is a study of the rumors, legends, and conspiracy theories that circulated about Barack Obama and his family from 2004 - 2020 — from the first days of his campaign to long after he had exited the White House.

Written by internationally recognized folklorist Patricia A. Turner, Trash Talk uses the analytical tools and theoretical frameworks of folklore studies to delve into social media, email circulars, and other channels that allowed even the most absurd conspiracy theories to take root. Trash Talk charts the outbreaks of anti-Obama lore with each election cycle beginning in 2004 and continuing into the 2020 election – two cycles after Obama left the White House.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

https://tinyurl.com/mdxvenh9

10/27/2022

Don’t forget to register for this upcoming virtual story-sharing event! Spooky Stories is a virtual space to share and tell your spookiest, spine-tingleist stories. Register today: https://tinyurl.com/yc45hhkj

10/23/2022

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Join the Folklore Roundtable for an evening of Spooky Stories! This event is open to all who’d like to share or listen to stories about ghosts, spirits, cryptids, creepy crawlies and more! Register today! https://tinyurl.com/yc45hhkj

Photos from Mason Folklore Roundtable's post 10/22/2022

Thank you to everyone who attended the first-ever Legends & Lore Walking tour of campus hosted by our students! We had such a great time hearing local legends, learning more about university rituals and traditions, and other stories! If you missed this event, be sure to check out our next event, Spooky Stories: A Virtual Story-Telling Event: https://tinyurl.com/2jpvb88h

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