Current Meeting

61st Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Folklore Society 

March 10-11, 2017

Sliman Theater, New Iberia and McIlhenny Archives, Avery Island

The Louisiana Folklore Society conference begins with a keynote address on Friday evening, March 10th. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by John Shelton Reed, who will present on the history of Southern barbecue. The keynote is free and open to the public.

Paper sessions will take place throughout the day on Saturday, March 11.

FRIDAY, March 10 (Sliman Theater, 129 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560)

7:00      John Shelton Reed, keynote address

SATURDAY, March 11 (McIlhenny Archives, Avery Island, LA 70513)

Papers and Presentations

8:30 Registration (can also be done online here)

8:45 Welcome and Announcements

9:00 Session One: Outside/Insider Narratives

“An Enduring Legacy: Louisiana’s Croatian Americans”

27-minute film and discussion with Carolyn Ware

“The Chinese Tomb at Cypress Grove”: Winston Ho

10:15 Coffee Break

10:30 Session Two: Ethnography, Regionalism, and Louisiana Literature

Mary Ann Wilson, Professor of English, UL Lafayette

Shelley Ingram, Assistant Professor of English, UL Lafayette (forum chair)

Lizzy Oxler, PhD candidate, UL Lafayette

Jessica Doble, PhD student, UL Lafayette

12:00 Business Meeting and Lunch

1:30 Session Three Southwest Louisiana Folkways

“Louisiana Children’s Folklore and Play”, Jeanne Soileau

“An Essay on Folkways of Acadiana: Those Lost, and Those That Persevere”, Susan Plauche

2:15 Coffee Break

2:30 Session Four: Folklore in Practice

“Our Stories Told By Us: Public Art, Indigenous Expression & Cultural Documentation”,

Dr. Michelle Glaros & Professor Michael A. Laffey, Centenary College

“Documenting the Folklife of Contemporary Black Creole Culture in New Orleans at

Dillard University”, Mona Lisa Saloy, Ph.D.

3:30 Coffee Break

3:45 Session Five: Body and Soul Folkways

“Commodifying the Gift: Two Ethnic Braiding Salons in Baton Rouge, Louisiana”, Sylviane Greensword

“McIlhenny’s Befo’ De War Spirituals: A Disengaged Engagement”, Joyce Marie Jackson, Ph.D.

“Afro-Creole Movement and Bounce Fitness w/Moe Joe”, Marissa Joseph


**** Saturday Sessions will take place at the McIlhenny Archives on Avery Island

A map of the campus can be found at