July 19, 2010

Guyana Folk Festival: Ninth Annual Symposium and Fourth Annual Literary Hang

The Guyana Cultural Association, NY, Inc. /Guyana Folk Festival issues a call for presentations at its Ninth Annual Symposium and Fourth Annual Literary Hang. The theme of the GCA/Guyana Folk Festival for 2010 is Diversity in Our Villages: Harmony in Our Culture.

This year these two events come together in a glorious celebration of the village and the book.

This event will be held at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 13 Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, September 4, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fourth Literary Hang

Authors are invited to participate in this section of the event by exhibiting and reading from their works. Readings are limited to ten (10) minutes. The sale of books is permitted. Authors may sign any books that they have sold.

The Ninth Annual Symposium

Papers and presentations are invited on any aspect of village or extended village life. These aspects include may include, but are not limited to any of the following:

The village as keeper of the flame
School and society in the village
The role of the church in the village community
Icons in the history of the village
Reflections in music; the rhythm of the village
The meaning of dance and movement in the village
Reflections of the ancestry: historiography embedded in the spoken word
Myth and legend: linkages
Ceremonial expressions and the role of village etiquette
Cantankerous takings in the life of the village
Village architecture and landscape design
The art of storytelling in the village
Village foods: beacons of history and memory
Bush tea and tinin cup: recalling and reflecting on village basics
Crossing the waters: retaining village tradition in a new homeland
Diasporic circling: the village as link

Papers should be no longer than 10 - 15 minutes. Poster exhibitions and video presentations are encouraged. Video presentations should be no longer than 10 - 15 minutes.

Submit your abstract/summary for a paper, video or poster presentation on or before July 31, 2010.

Send all submissions to:

J. Emanuel
c/o Guyana Cultural Association, NY, Inc. 
1368 E 89 St.
Brooklyn, NY 11236

Please see also guyfolkfest.org for this announcement.


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