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Mary T. Hufford

Mary Hufford is Director of the Center for Folklore and Ethnography. She has published widely on folklore, cultural policy and ecological crisis, including an edited volume, Conserving Culture: A New Discourse on Heritage. Her regional studies in central Appalachia and in southern New Jersey (Chaseworld: Foxhunting and Storytelling in New Jersey's Pine Barrens) reflect her broader interest in discourses on nature, environment, and the body, and the production of social imaginaries.

Courses
Bodylore, Folklore and Critical Regionalism, Fieldwork Theory and Practice, Exploring Memory and Tradition in Philadelphia Communities, Environmental Imaginaries, and Appalachian Folklore.

Curriculum Vita
Selected Recent Publications
Selected Recent Professional Papers, Talks, and Lectures
Selected Recent Public Interest Keynotes, Essays, Workshops, Commissioned Papers, and Online Presentations


Contact Information

3619 Locust Walk, Fourth Floor
Phone: (215) 898-7467
mhufford@sas.upenn.edu



Selected Recent Publications

Books and Monographs

In Preparation:
Carnival Time in the Kingdom of Coal (with support from J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship)

Holding up the Mountains: The Narrative Ecology of an Appalachian Community Forest.

The Plough and the Polymer: Land, History, and Community in an Appalachian Chemical Valley.

2006 Piecing Together the Fragments: An Ethnography of Leadership for Social Change in North Central Philadelphia 2005-2005 (with Rosina Miller). Philadelphia: Center for Folklore and Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania (with New York University’s Robert Wagner School of Public Service)

2004 Waging Democracy in the Kingdom of Coal: OVEC and the Movement for Social and Environmental Justice in Central Appalachia 2002-2003. Philadelphia: Center for Folklore and Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania (with New York University’s Robert Wagner School of Public Service)

Articles

2006Folklore and Folklife in Appalachia: An Overview.” In Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Ed. Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
          
Molly Mooching on Bradley Mountain: The Aesthetic Ecology of an Appalachian Morel.” In Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. May Issue.

Ramp Suppers, Biodiversity, the Integrity of Mountains.” In Cornbread Nation III: The Best of Writing about Foods of the Mountain South. Ed. Ronni Lundy. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

2005Ethnography.” Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife, ed. William M. Clements. London: Greenwood Press.

2004Knowing Ginseng: The Social Life of an Appalachian Root.”Cahiers de Litterature Orale. 53-54: 265-92.

2003Reclaiming the Commons: Narratives of Progress, Preservation, and Ginseng.” In Culture, Environment, and Conservation in the Appalachian South, ed. Benita J. Howell. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
 
Context.” In Eight Words for the Study of Expressive Culture, ed. Burt Feintuch. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
 
2002Interrupting the Monologue: Folklore, Ethnography, and Critical Regionalism.” Journal of Appalachian Studies.

American Folklife: A Commonwealth of Cultures.” In Folk Nation: Folklore in the Creation of American Tradition, ed. Simon J. Bronner. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Books.
 
2001Stalking the Forest Co-Eval: Fieldwork at the Site of Clashing Social Imaginaries.” Practicing Anthropology.


Selected Recent Professional Papers, Talks, and Lectures

2007 “Reading and Writing in the Wake of Shumate’s Branch: Sites for Intervening in the Scriptural Economy of Mountaintop Removal Mining.” Annual Meeting of Society for Anthropology in North America, New     Orleans, Louisiana. April 20.

2006 “Articulating Philadelphia into the Thinking System of a Refugee Community.” Paper for Forum on Foodways. American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2005 “Carnival Time in the Kingdom of Coal.” Obermann Institute for Advanced Studies Summer Seminar on Carnival, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

2004 “Writing the Mountains.” For panel on writing landscape ethnography, American Anthropological Association Meetings, Chicago, Ill.

2002 “Interrupting the Monologue: Folklore, Ethnography, and Critical Regionalism.” Paper for panel on Critical Regionalism, American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY.

2001 “Embodying Mountains: Laughter as Spatial Practice in the Kingdom of Coal.” Keynote address, Conference on American Embodiments, University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria. October 27.

 “Voices from the Overburden: Discourses of Exile and Retrieval in southern West Virginia.” Seminar on Ethnicity, Migration, and Heritage, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 18.

 “Middle Landscapes and the Pastoral Vision in a Coal-Themed State,” University of Pennsylvania, February 19.

2000 Capitalizing on Heritage: Narratives of Development in Two Coal-Themed Landscapes.” American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, October 27.

“Imagining Locality in the Information Age,” Paper presented as part of a forum, Folklore and the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C. October 9.

“Façade Performances, Environmental Protest, and the Body Politic.” Keynote Address for conference on Fesitval, Holiday, Ritual, and Public Display, Alcala, Spain. June 8-11.


Selected Recent Public Interest Keynotes, Essays, Workshops, Commissioned Papers, and Online Presentations

2007 Workshop on Deep Community Forestry, Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV January

2006 “Deep Community Forestry in West Virginia’s Mississippi Headwaters.” Keynote address, Annual Meeting of the Forest Guild, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. September 28

“Holding up the Mountains: The Narrative Ecology of Southern West Virginia’s Community Forest.” Keynote address, Sixth Summit on the Mountains, Ripley, WV. May 26

“Haunting the Overburden: Cultural Strategies for Mountaintop Retention.” Workshop (with Betsy Taylor). Sixth Summit on Mountaintop Removal Mining, Ripley, WV. May 27

2005 “Reconciling Commons: Forest Communities and the Politics of Cultural Recognition.” Keynote address, Annual meeting of National Network of Forest Practitioners, Gloucester, Ohio, September 8.

2004 “Gleanings from the Mending Wall: Stream Buffer Zones as Cultural Commons.” Dee Scholar Public Lecture, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, October 20.

2003 “Wild Ginseng, Ethnography, and the Democratic Prospect.” Paper commissioned by the Fund for Folk Culture, for its Convening on Cultural Conservation, Natural Resource Stewardship, and Sustainable  Livelihoods, Santa Fe, NM, November.

2000Landscape and History at the Headwaters of Southern West Virginia’s Big Coal River.” Online publication, Library of Congress 


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