Today at Noon, Fulwiler Conference Room in the Writing in the Disciplines Center, 3rd floor, Bailey Howe Library.
Andrea Voyer, post-doctoral fellow from the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University will present a talk titled “Being Somali, Earning Welcome.”
Andrea notes: “I’ll be sharing a draft paper in which I analyze ethnographic data concerned with the fraught nature of Somali group identity and the public definition of Somali-ness which emerged in Lewiston, Maine, in the early years of Somali immigrant settlement in the city. In demonstrating that Somali inclusion in the broader community hinged upon the ability to construct and embody a morally-acceptable group identity, this research corroborates Povinelli’s (2002) observation that multicultural requirements exercise a particular form of domination over indigenous and minority citizens. Those who would count as diverse are required to perform their diversity and, yet, to do it authentically.”
WE ARE OPENING THE DOORS TO CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY
The Vermont Folklife Center is excited to announce our new educational initiative, the Cultural Sustainability Institute. We are launching the Cultural Sustainability Institute this spring with a workshop series that explores the concept of cultural sustainability, and provides participants practical training in ethnography and oral history, the use of audio, video and photography documentation in cultural sustainability projects, and the creation of community cultural inventories. These workshops are open to the general public, students, educators, scholars, staff of non-profit organizations, policy makers, and others interested in better understanding their communities and the larger world around them. The first workshop, “An Introduction to Cultural Sustainability” will be held on Friday April 8, 2011 from 10:00am-3:00pm. The workshop series runs through November 2011.
For more information on the Cultural Sustainability Institute, including detailed descriptions of workshops, please visit online at: