Research at the Center for Folklore
Through the Center for Folklore and Ethnography, Penn
faculty, graduate students, and CFE Fellows and Affiliates engage in
ethnographic research, fieldwork, and writing projects in partnership
with individuals and organizations through the mid-Atlantic region.
Research and fieldwork projects, funded through a variety of sources
from outside the University, provide graduate students with an
opportunity to work with professional folklorists on community-based
projects. Documentary materials are deposited in the Folklore Archive.
Since 2002, the CFE has undertaken the following
ethnographic research projects:
1) Social Change through
the Work of Leadership: A Collaborative Ethnography of the Ohio Valley
Environmental Coalition, 2002-2003.
Publication: Waging Democracy in the Kingdom of Coal: OVEC and the
Movement for Social and Environmental Justice in Central Appalachia
2) An Ethnographic
Overview of the New River Gorge National River and the Gauley River
National Recreation Area, 2003-2005.
From the Final Report: Executive Summary,
Introduction, Concluding Discussion and Recommendations (downloadable pdf)
3) Social Change through the
Work of Leadership: A Collaborative Ethnography of the Village of Arts
and Humanities, 2004-2005.
Together the Fragments: Leadership for Social Change in North Central
4) Monitoring for
Community Exposure to Perfluorooctonate (C8), 2004-2008.
5) Exploring Memory and
Tradition in Philadelphia Communities (ongoing).
Video: "Once Upon a Time: Time!"
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