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Research at the Center for Folklore and Ethnography

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.

Publication: Piecing Together the Fragments: Leadership for Social Change in North Central Philadelphia

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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