ACE at the American Folklore Society Annual Conference

October 10, 2020 | by

Anna Wood, together with Eric Crawford from Coastal Carolina University, will be co-chairing a forum entitled "The Return: Rethinking Historical Recordings in Collaboration with Source Communities" at this year's virtual American Folklore Society conference, on Friday, October 16 at 10:30 am.  ACE contributors Violet Baron, Lamont Jack Pearley, and Donato Raimondo will be on the panel as well.

For the past two decades the Association for Cultural Equity–Alan Lomax Archive has been returning historical recordings to their source communities in Europe, the Caribbean, and in the South and Northern Midwest. The return of documentation and associated ethnographic field research generates emic metadata and involves collaborative initiatives to develop local archives, create educational materials, and stimulate revitalization of local traditions. This forum will assess and explore these collaborative methods, discussing approaches to facilitate ownership of materials collected by outside scholars, methodologies for eliciting metadata, curriculum development, collaborative archival practices and spurs to reviving traditions through the repatriation process.