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)
her broader interest in discourses on nature, environment, and the
body, and the production of social imaginaries.
Bodylore, Folklore and Critical Regionalism,
and Practice, Exploring
and Tradition in
Philadelphia Communities, Environmental
Selected Recent Professional Papers,
Talks, and Lectures
Selected Recent Public Interest Keynotes,
Essays, Workshops, Commissioned Papers, and Online Presentations
3619 Locust Walk, Fourth Floor
Phone: (215) 898-7467
Books and Monographs
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.
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
Democracy in the Kingdom of Coal:
OVEC and the
Movement for Social and Environmental Justice in Central Appalachia
Center for Folklore and Ethnography, University
(with New York University’s Robert Wagner School of
and Folklife in Appalachia: An Overview.” In Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Ed.
Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell. Knoxville: University of Tennessee
Mooching on Bradley Mountain: The Aesthetic Ecology of an Appalachian
Morel.” In Gastronomica: The
Journal of Food and Culture. May Issue.
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.
of World Folklore and Folklife, ed. William M. Clements. London:
Ginseng: The Social Life of an Appalachian Root.”Cahiers de Litterature Orale.
the Commons: Narratives of Progress, Preservation, and Ginseng.” In
and Conservation in the Appalachian South, ed. Benita J. Howell.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
In Eight Words for the Study of
Expressive Culture, ed. Burt Feintuch. Urbana: University of
the Monologue: Folklore, Ethnography, and Critical Regionalism.” Journal of Appalachian Studies.
Folklife: A Commonwealth of Cultures.” In Folk Nation: Folklore in the Creation of
American Tradition, ed. Simon J. Bronner. Wilmington, DE:
Scholarly Resources Books.
the Forest Co-Eval: Fieldwork at the Site of Clashing Social Imaginaries.”
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.
“Articulating Philadelphia into the Thinking System of a Refugee
Community.” Paper for Forum on Foodways. American Folklore Society
Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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.
“Interrupting the Monologue: Folklore, Ethnography, and Critical
Regionalism.” Paper for panel on Critical Regionalism, American
Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY.
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.
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
2007 Workshop on
Deep Community Forestry, Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies,
University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV January
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
Commons: Forest Communities and the Politics of Cultural Recognition.”
Keynote address, Annual meeting of National Network of Forest
Practitioners, Gloucester, Ohio, September 8.
from the Mending Wall: Stream Buffer Zones as Cultural Commons.” Dee
Scholar Public Lecture, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, October 20.
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.
2000 “Landscape and History at
the Headwaters of Southern West Virginia’s Big Coal River.” Online
publication, Library of Congress
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