Friday, Oct. 14

06-07 Recentering Peripheral Ways of Knowing via Global Folklife Education Initiatives

Friday, October 14, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Oklahoma South

Sponsored by the Folklore and Education Section, the Folklore and Museums Section, the Public Programs Section


Chair: Maureen  K. Porter (University of Pittsburgh)

2:30 pm
Language Quest: a Videogame to Preserve Endangered Languages in a Cultural and Folkloristic Context
Loretta Fernandez (University of Pittsburgh)

2:45 pm
Implementing Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Using Proverbs in Ethiopian English
Meshesha Make Jobo (Wolaita Sodo University)

3:00 pm
Museums: Innovations in Curating Folklore To Embolden Local and National Identities
Jennifer  Karen  Ponce Cori (University of Pittsburgh)

3:15 pm
The Float Coat Song: Solving Social Problems Through Iñupiaq Song and Dance
David E.K. Smith (University of Pittsburgh)

3:30 pm
Incorporating Utamaduni in Curriculum of Instruction
Joyce N. Mutsoli (University of Pittsburgh)

3:45 pm
Treasured Folklife and Language Pluralism Face off with Sweeping National Mandates for English-language Instruction: Who Will Win?
Anis Sundusiyah (University of Pittsburgh)

4:00 pm
Language and Culture in the Andes and Beyond: The Social Capital of Global Quechua
Alana DeLoge (University of Pittsburgh)

Globally, national identities are hotly contested as ethnic, tribal, religious, linguistic, and political groups vie for central authority and recognition. Once pushed to the periphery through colonialism, mono-linguistic nation-building, and narrow definitions of (scientific) “knowledge,” folklife are emerging as a powerful tool for re-centering the marginalized. This panel assembles mostly Global South folklorists who engage in social justice-based folklore as a mode of transformation and affirmation. We unite theory and practice through analysis of the effective use of proverbs, language revitalization, symbols, narratives, music, video games, museums, and other educative folklore practices that extend far past the schoolyard.