American Folklore Society Explores African American Quilts in Atlanta

The American Folklore Society will hold its annual convention in Atlanta October 19 – 23, 2005. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

During the Saturday, October 22d session there will be concurrent panel discussions that explore African American quilts. One panel is entitled “Ethnographic Complexities in the Study of African American Folklore” and will be chaired by Patricia A. Turner. Topics include the following:

· 8:15 a.m. Deborah Smith Pollard (University of Michigan, Dearborn), Praise Is What We Do: Praise and Worship Music in Detroit’s Black Church Community.

· 8:35 a.m. Carol L. Hall (Alabama A & M University), African American Quilts and African American Communities: A Case Study of Gee’s Bend.

· 8:55a.m. Susan Roach *(Louisiana Tech University), Re-Presenting the Quilts of African Americans in Lousiana and Beyond.

· 9:15 a.m. Patricia A. Turner *(University of California, Davis), Southern Comfort: Black Quilts and Black Colleges.

· 9:35 a.m. Diana Baird A. N’Diaye *(Smithsonian Institution), Discussant.
Another panel is entitled “The Underground Railroad Quilt Code” and will be chaired by Laurel Horton. Topics include:

· 10:15 a.m. Courtney Brooks (East Tennessee State University),Contravenes, Quilts, and Codes.

· 10:35a.m. Laurel Horton *(Kalmia Research), The Underground Railroad Quilt Code: Traditional Narrative Strategies in Promoting a Good Story.

· 10:55 a.m. Marsha MacDowell *(Michigan State University Museum), The “Secret Code” in Quilts: Creating Authenticity.

· 11:15 a.m. Deborah R. Grayson *(Georgia Institute of Technology), Who Can Speak For Others?: Race and Place in Debates About Hidden in Plain View.

Registration for the Saturday session only is $25.00. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the first panel starts at 8:15 pm.

For more information about the American Folklore Society visit the web site at

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