Friday, Oct. 14

05-04 Weatherlore, Part 2: W(he/ea)ther the Weather [hybrid]

Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Promenade B

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Chair: Willow G. Mullins (University of Edinburgh)

10:30 am
“The World of Sensible Seasons Had Come Undone”: Climate Change and Regional Folklore in Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior
Hannah Chapple (The Weber School)

11:00 am
Weathering the Storm: Folk Ideas about Character
John Laudun (U.S. Army)

11:30 am
Canning for the Apocalypse: Climate Change, Zombies, and the Early 21st-Century Canning Renaissance
Claire M. Schmidt (Missouri Valley College)

12:00 pm
Feeding the Storm [virtual]
Willow G. Mullins (University of Edinburgh)

12:30 pm
optional discussion time

The weather can be prepared for, borne, weathered, but it never seems to quite do the expected. The second of a two-part series, this panel explores how we prepare for and respond to weather based on long, often fuzzily understood but deeply held concepts of what weather should do. As climate change leads to stronger and more unpredictable storms and unusual weather patterns, the received folk wisdom about how weather works and what to do about it breaks down. These essays look at how people prepare for the weather to come, what they do once it has gone, and what those practices say about community, character, and worth.