Good Death/Bad Death: A Seminar

Medical decisions, funerary practices, and even the public memorialization of death have become increasingly entangled in webs of class, race, nationalism, and cultural differences. In these sociocultural webs, care of the dying has undergone significant technological and legal changes. These changes have increased the types of institutions available to the dying. At the same time, … Read more

NEA Awards Grants to Tucson Meet Yourself and SFA’s Year-round Programs

We’re pleased to announce we’ve  received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our annual folklife festival, Tucson Meet Yourself, as well as ongoing programs that provide opportunities to traditional artists. A grant of $35,000 will support the 44th annual Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival, which presents performances, exhibits, and demonstrations … Read more

2017 Ethnographic Fieldschool June 1-4 in Tucson

Join us June 1 – 4 to explore contemporary culture and heritage traditions in Tucson, Arizona! Culture and heritage lies within every nook and cranny of Tucson’s urban environs. The city was recently named  a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO. In addition to lots of good eats, long-standing culinary practices, dance/music offerings, urban culture, … Read more

SFA Field Notes

2nd core component

We are excited to share notes from the field. As folklorists we are always exploring, observing, asking questions, synthesizing, and delighting in culture and heritage. We’ll be sharing our observations and discoveries on occasion in SFA Field Notes.

Fellowship to Study Nogales Produce Industry

One of the most exciting areas of research in folklore  is that which we call “occupational folklore.” The website of the New York Folklore Society defines “occupational folklore” in this manner. Occupational Folklore refers to the shared knowledge held by workers within a specific occupational group, as expressed through narrative arts, shared techniques and information, … Read more

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