FRIDAY MARCH 4, 1–6 PM
7195 Helen C. White Hall
A conference in which four experts in oral tradition will explore 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 horizons opened up by new digital technologies. Modes of
textualization both ancient and modern will be considered from a comparative perspective
embracing Northern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Upper Midwest region of the
United States. This event is free and open to the public.
1 – 1:10 pm Opening remarks by John D. Niles, Department of English
1:10 – 2 pm KARL REICHL, Professor Emeritus at the University of Bonn and
the Carl Schurz Memorial Visiting Professor for the spring semester.
“FROM PERFORMANCE TO TEXT: MEDIEVALIST PERSPECTIVES ON
THE TEXTUALIZATION OF ORAL POETRY”
2:10 – 3 pm METIN EKICI, Professor of Turkish Folklore at the University of Ege,
Turkey. “HOW TRADITIONAL WORDS BECOME LITERARY TEXTS:
CASE STUDIES FROM TURKEY”
3 – 3:30 pm Coffee break
3:30 – 4:20 TOM DUBOIS, Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Head of the
Folklore Program, and co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore.
“EDITING JOHAN TURI: MAKING TURI’S MUITALUS MAKE SENSE”
4:30 – 5:20 JIM LEARY, Professor of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies and co-
editor of the Journal of American Folklore. “FOREIGN WORDS AND
FOLKSONGS IN AMERICA: THE CASE OF THE HELENE STRATMAN-
5:20 – 6 pm Concluding discussion