Friday, Oct. 14

05-01 Notable Folklorists of Color, Roundtable, Part 1: Process and Praxis

Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Tulsa Central

Sponsored by the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee, the American Folklore Society

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Chair: Sojin Kim (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage) and Olivia Cadaval (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, emerita)

Forum participants:

Norma Elia Cantu (Trinity University)

Gloria M. Colom Braña (Bloomington, IN)

Phyllis  M. May-Machunda (Minnesota State University Moorhead)

Meredith A.E. McGriff (American Folklore Society)

Eric César Morales (Philadelphia Folklore Project)

Since 2019, with AFS's support, a group of 50 current BIPOC scholars have researched and profiled 150 BIPOC ancestors for two linked exhibits that expand how we consider the foundations and critical practices of our field. This initiative spans the work of 19th century figures whose endeavors predate the early scholarship in academic folklore studies to those whose careers continued into the 21st century. The first of a two-part series, this session invites discussion about the process of building this initiative—its theory and praxis and the considerations and roles that contributed to it.