Graduate student Veronica Muskheli participated in the 17th annual Folktales Today Festival (Pravljice danes) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, held from March 16 to March 22, 2014. The events, most of which were SRO, took place in the premier performance space of Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana and at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum.
Not only did Veronica tell a Russian fairy tale in Slovene at the festival (she reports that her audience laughed in all the right places), she also used the opportunity to do extensive field research on the folklore revival underway in Slovenia over the past twenty years. She will present her preliminary findings at the 2014 REECAS Northwest Conference in Portland (April 26, 2014) and a formal paper at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in San Antonio, TX, this November.
Veronica's research travel to Slovenia was supported in part by awards from the Slavic Department's Micklesen Graduate Support Fund and the Swayze Fellowship Fund.