Warren E. Roberts

Call for Student Papers 2020

Awards will be announced and presented at the Annual Conference which will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Fall 2020.

In memory of folklife scholar Warren E. Roberts, a longtime Society member and former member of the Board of Directors, this annual competitive award recognizes excellence in original graduate student fieldwork, documentary research, and writing in the area of traditional North American material culture.

Born in 1924, Warren E. Roberts received, in 1953, the first Ph.D. in folklore awarded in the United States. At first a literary folklorist, Dr. Roberts’ interests turned to material culture after spending one year in Norway under a Fulbright fellowship and an additional two months under a Guggenheim fellowship. The remainder of his long career was spent researching and writing about traditional material culture, most notably tree stump tombstones and log buildings. Warren E. Roberts died on February 1, 1999. (Photo of Dr. Roberts from Viewpoints on Folklife: Looking at the Overlooked. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1988.)

Award Criteria

Eligibility: Students or recently conferred graduates (no more than two years) in any field who study the myriad elements of material culture are eligible for the Warren E. Roberts Graduate Student Paper Competition.

Submissions and Requirements: All submissions must be in PDF format and sent to the committee chair. The committee will consider granting awards from two categories.

Category One: Article-Length Submissions

Potentially one award will be made each year, up to $750 (plus ISLPMC conference registration, one banquet ticket, and a one-year student membership to the Society).

Article-length submissions should conform to a recognized citation style (Chicago, APA, MLA, etc.). ISLPMC encourages authors to prepare their papers in accordance with the Material Culture submission guidelines, as we encourage awardees to submit their research for publication consideration in the Society’s peer-reviewed journal.

Article-length submissions must include:

Each article-length submission should present:

Category Two: Conference-Length Submissions

Potentially as many as three awards will be made each year, up to $250 each (plus ISLPMC conference registration, one banquet ticket, and a one-year student membership to the Society).

Conference-length submissions should conform to a recognized citation style (Chicago, APA, MLA, etc.).

Conference-length submissions must include:

Each conference-length submission should present:

Selection Process: The Award Review Committee may choose multiple award winners, depending on the types of submissions (see above). The committee, however, reserves the right to withhold the award if submissions do not meet the award criteria.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is August 15.

Award Presentation: Awards will be announced and presented at the ISLPMC Annual Conference.

Award Review Committee

The Committee is comprised of ISLPMC members, appointed by the Society’s Executive Director.

Douglas Hurt, Chair | hurtd@missouri.edu

Jeffrey Widener | jwidener@ou.edu

Ralph Hartsock | Ralph.Hartsock@unt.edu

Meghann Jack | meghann.jack@gmail.com

Contact

For more information, contact the committee chair: Douglas Hurt | hurtd@missouri.edu

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