Thursday, January 27, 2011

Local folklore grad makes good: Joy Fraser joins faculty of George Mason U

This was posted today in the Publore listserve, and I thought it worth passing along! Congrats to Joy!

The Folklore Studies Program at George Mason University is very pleased to announce that Ms. Joy Fraser will be joining the faculty in August 2011.

A doctoral candidate in the Department of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Ms. Fraser received her M.A. in Folklore at Memorial and her M.A. in Scottish Ethnology and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. A specialist in heritage studies and cultural tourism especially in the Scottish diaspora, her dissertation explores representations and contestations of Scottishness in folklore, popular culture and tourism, through a case study of expressive culture about haggis as food and legend. Her MA folklore thesis analyzes the discourses of three ghost tour companies in Edinburgh.

Ms. Fraser has published on foodways, legends, folktales, mummers plays, and more. Editor of the journal “Culture & Tradition,” she also serves as co-editor of “Contemporary Legend.” With Dr. Paul Smith, Ms. Fraser is building the Database of Traditional Drama in Newfoundland as part of the Digital Archive Initiative. A performer of Scottish traditions, Ms. Fraser is a fiddler, singer, and step dancer.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our search: our folklore colleagues who recommended their colleagues and students for our position; our GMU colleagues who served on the search committee and met our candidates; and, most of all, our folklore colleagues who applied for our position. We have been very impressed with the many excellent folklorists we met, with their projects and plans, and with their enthusiasm for our discipline. We are in your debt.

Thank you once again.

Margaret R. Yocom
Debra Lattanzi Shutika

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