Center for Research in Festive Culture
Seminars, Fall 2008:
Religion and Festivity

April, 2008

Dear Colleagues:

The schedule for next year’s Center for Research in Festive Culture 
(CRFC) seminars at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, is now complete. 
In each case two papers will be discussed, having been circulated to 
correspondents of the Center one month in advance. In the case of the 
second date below, however, application for a seminar presentation by a 
junior scholar remains open. In fact, since time is getting short, and 
your summer research plans are probably taking shape, the Center will 
welcome work on any festive-cultural subject, not just on religion and 
festivity. I also look forward to hearing from anyone who may have in 
mind a beginning professor or doctoral student who has finished her or 
his research whom I might contact about this opening.
This problem has arisen partly because, while some scholars wrote about 
their intention to submit papers, they have not yet sent their one-page 
curriculum vitae and one-page synopsis of the intended paper. These two 
items remain indispensable for an invitation from the Center. Limited 
funds for travel to Chicago will be available, as is help with lodging 
and meals.
Here is the schedule at present:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2:00-5:00 P.M.
Hélène Bellour, Private Scholar: From East Indian to Black Indian: The 
Life and Works of a Twentieth-Century Carnival Performer in Trinidad

Katherine Wright, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL: Greek 
Orthodox Easter in Present-Day Greece: Rituals and Fireworks

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2:00-5:00 P.M.
Martin Walsh, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Martinje: Mock Bishops, 
New Wine, and Liturgical Parody in Contemporary Zagreb

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2:00-5:00 P.M.
Kenneth Bilby, Columbia College, Chicago: Conjuring the Ghost of John 
Canoe: Re-imagining a “Slave Festival” in the New South and the Caribbean

Gillian Weiss, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland: Freedom 
March: Barbary Slave Processions in Early Modern Europe

A reminder notice of the upcoming seminars will be sent in early 
September. Copies of the papers to be discussed will be available about 
one month before the date of each seminar.
Please send your request for a copy of the paper to be discussed about 
one month before the date of the seminar in question. Send requests to 
Molly Schultz, secretary for the seminar, at the Newberry Library 
([log in to unmask]). Requested papers will be sent to your e-mail 
address. If you do not have an e-mail address, send your mailing address 
to Molly Schultz, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL, 
60610, or to me: Samuel Kinser, History Department, Northern Illinois 
University, DeKalb, IL, 60115 ([log in to unmask]). Please call Ms. 
Schultz at 312.255.3666 for further information. Or email her at 
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