2008: Translation/Transformation

Cover artwork for the Translation/Transformation event; predominantly red (left) and black (right)

A joint conference produced by The Ohio State University Folklore Student Association and the Indiana University Folklore & Ethnomusicology Student Association


Friday, May 16, 9:00 am-5:30pm
through Saturday, May 17, 2008, 9:00 am-5:30 pm


311 Denney Hall on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. To view a campus map, see the following link: View the Campus Map.


Well, we've been wanting to put together a joint conference for some time now-always talking about it, but never quite making it happen-but because of some remarkable students at both institutions, we're hosting a first-in-a-long-time OSU-IU folklore student conference. Come get to know your colleagues and prepare to be part of an exciting endeavor by folklore students at two of the best folklore programs in the country. Participants will offer paper presentations, poster sessions, and a discussion forum for all attendees. The discussion forum will allow all to engage in discussions of enduring issues in our fields and to consider how those issues have emerged in their own research. This conference will be of interest to students of: folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, material culture, storytelling, performance studies, and other related disciplines.


This conference creates a space for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research within their respective fields as it relates to the study of academic and vernacular interpretation of everyday life. If you are interested in participating in this conference, please submit a paper proposal by March 1, 2008, to either osu.fsa@gmail.com or to folksa@indiana.edu for consideration. If you are interested in attending this conference, please contact smbock99@yahoo.com to reserve a space before April 30, 2008.

In addition, the conference will include faculty discussants, a workshop, and a specially invited plenary speaker: Dr. Alan Govenar, a scholar, filmmaker, and playwright whose work particularly focuses on African-American music.

How Much?

There is no charge for attending or participating in this conference, although attendees/participants will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and meals. Information regarding lodging and meals is given below.


The host institution will provide bagels and coffee each morning and will provide a light lunch on Friday. You're on your own for lunch on Saturday and supper both days.


It is recommended that you making reservations at either the University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202, (614) 267-7461, 1-877-677-5292, (which has shuttle service to OSU) or at the Holiday Inn on the Lane, 328 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201, (614) 294-4848, (800) 465-4329 (which is within walking distance). If you are interested in connecting with other students for a place to spread out a sleeping bag or perhaps snag a couch, contact Cassie Patterson at patterson.493@osu.edu.

Parking on Campus

The most central place to park is at the Tuttle Park Place Garage, $7.00/day.

This conference currently is supported by SOURCE, the OSU Center for Folklore Studies, the Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, the OSU Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the OSU East Asian Studies Center, the OSU Department Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, the OSU Department of Theatre, and the OSU Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, the OSU Department of English, and the OSU Melton Center for Jewish Studies.

Above image: Fighting Forms by Franz Marc,1914 (150 Kb); Oil on canvas, 91 x 131 cm; Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Munich, public domain.