Upcoming Event: “From Word to Print – and Beyond”

A conference to be held Friday March 4 from 1 to 6:30 pm in 7195 H.C. White Hall.


This conference will analyze the myriad — sometimes conflicted — processes by which oral art forms are crystallized into textual form in script and print, with attention as well to the  new horizons opened up by digital technologies.  Both ancient and modern modes of textualization will be discussed, from a comparative perspective that will encompass Europe, North America, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

The distinguished list of speakers will include Karl Reichl of the University of Bonn (the Carl Schurz Memorial Visiting Professor for the spring semester 2001), a specialist in both medieval European literature and Central Asian epic poetry, which he has collected in the field; John Miles Foley of the University of Missouri – Columbia, a pre-eminent figure in the field of oral poetics and a pioneer in the use of digital technologies to enhance the editing and archiving of oral literary forms; James Leary of the Department of Scandinavian Studies, well known for his contributions to the preservation, study, and editing of the folklore of the Upper Midwest region; Tom DuBois, Professor of Scandinavian Studies and head of the Folklore Program, an expert in Finnish lore and shamanism with broad comparative interests in the medieval and modern cultures of Northwest Europe; and Metin Ekici of the University of Ege, Turkey, a noted expert in the languages and literatures of Central Asia.

The event is open to the public without charge.  It is sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, the Middle East Studies Program, and the Folklore Program, with support from the Anonymous Fund.

For additional information contact John Niles, Department of English (jdniles@wisc.edu).