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Ellen Badone is Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies at McMaster University. Her research in Brittany and southern France has focused on topics including death and dying, illness and healing, popular Roman Catholicism, and pilgrimage. Her publications include The Appointed Hour: Death, Worldview and Social Change in Brittany (1989); Religious Orthodoxy and Popular Faith in European Society (1990; editor); and Intersecting Journeys: The Anthropology of Pilgrimage and Tourism (2004; co-edited with Sharon R. Roseman).

Sheila Bock is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Much of her work focuses on African Americans’ vernacular responses to health disparities. Her research interests also include performance and differential identity, foodways, the intersections between folklore and popular culture, and the multivocality of ethnographic research. She has published her work in the Journal of Folklore Research; Western Folklore; Journal of Folklore and Education; Western Journal of Black Studies; Journal of Medical Humanities; Health, Culture, and Society; Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Disability, Health, and Trauma (ed. Trevor J. Blank and Andrea Kitta, 2015); and Comfort Food: Meanings and Memories (ed. Michael Owen Jones and Lucy M. Long, 2017).

Olivia Cadaval has curated numerous Festival programs, websites, and exhibitions, and has produced curriculum enrichment materials. She has worked extensively on documentation, public programs, and education projects in the Latino community of Washington, DC. She has published books, articles, book reviews, and a catalog, and has produced the bilingual website “Assembling the Festival Program: Colombia.” She holds a PhD in American Studies and Folklife from George Washington University.

Ulla Savolainen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She holds a PhD in Folklore Studies (University of Helsinki, 2015). Her doctoral dissertation focused on the life writings of former Karelian child evacuees in Finland and the poetics of reminiscing. Her current ongoing work, part of the “Livingmemories: Living Together with Difficult Memories and Diverse Identities” (SA: 294292) research project, is oral history research on the internment, and its aftermath, of German and Hungarian citizens during 1944–1946 in Finland after the war with the Soviet Union, exploring memories and narratives of individuals (usually children of German fathers and Finnish mothers) who were minors during the internment. The study addresses issues of silence, agency, and the interplay of personal or private and collective or public memory work and also takes into account the reception of the law of reparation (in Finland 2014). [End Page 251]

Michael Ann Williams holds a doctorate in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Head of the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, where she is a University Distinguished Professor. Her publications include Homeplace: The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina (1991); Great Smoky Mountains Folklife (1995); and Staging Tradition: John Lair and Sarah Gertrude Knott (2006). Along with being president of the American Folklore Society (2014–2015), she is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, and a former board member and the first vice president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum. [End Page 252]



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