Yasmin Golan of the Berkeley Folklore Graduate Program received the 2018 Don Yoder Graduate Prize in Folk Belief and Religious Folklife from the American Folklore Society. Her study, "New Souls: Life After Death of Companion Animals in Contemporary Hanoi" focuses on a Buddhist cemetery in Vietnam whose funeral, cremation, and burial services for cats and dogs reveal the risks and opportunities available to domestic animals in city life. Simultaneously reconfiguring urban cosmologies Yasmin ushers readers to think through more-than-human entanglements with the animal-dead.
University of Iceland awards honorary doctorate for folkloristics and Nordic studies to Professor Emeritus John Lindow of UC Berkeley's Folklore Graduate Program and Department of Scandinavian Literature.
Through sensory memory, conversationalists in West Virginia's Big Coal River Valley track the fate of forest commons, species, and identities.
Wednesday November 8, 2017
9:30AM - 4:00 PM
Prospective applicants wishing to apply to the UC Berkeley Folklore MA Program for admission in the Fall 2018 semester may join us for a full-day of meeting with professors, current folklore graduate students, and a chance to sit in on one of our Folklore graduate seminars. If you are interested in attending our Open House on November 8, 2017, please RSVP to email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce Shakthi Nataraj as the most recent winner of the Jonathan T. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship in Asian and Asian American Folklore, presented by The Transnational Asia/Pacific Section of the American Folklore Society. The award aims to foster and promote graduate and undergraduate students in the early stages of their careers, encourage advanced scholarly research and publication on Asian and/or Asian American folklore subjects, and support AFS members who want to participate more actively in the Society. The $500 prize winner will be announced at the AFS annual meeting for the best student paper that contributes to Asian and/or Asian American folklore studies through research and analysis. It is expected that the award recipient will present his/her paper at the AFS annual conference.
Shakthi is completing her PhD in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores the way the figure of "transgender" has become a potent political symbol in Tamil Nadu, South India, for social actors ranging from popular tabloid writers to right-wing Hindu affiliates. She tracks the way activists and their interlocutors circulate different "texts of transgender”, in novels, poems, speeches, and jokes, both Tamil and English. By illustrating how historical fragments coalesce and dissipate as "transgender" flows in and out of social contexts, she shows that debates seemingly about sexual identity often condense broader political claims spanning many time periods, for transgender- and non-transgender identified persons alike.