Harrisburg ProgramFriday, October 22

52-02 New Directions Forum: Opportunities and Challenges in Digital Folklore Research

Update 10/18/21: Andrew Peck has withdrawn.


Friday, October 22, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Harrisburg Ballroom: Carlisle

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section


Chair: Andrew Peck (Miami University)

Forum participants:

Anelise Farris (College of Coastal Georgia)

Robert Glenn Howard (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Annamarie Morel-O'Brien (Penn State Harrisburg)

Afsane Rezaei (Utah State University)

In this forum sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore section, our panelists discuss the challenges of conducting digital folklore research. Topics include issues of access and scope in virtual ethnographic research; publicity and the ethics of researching digital communities; and the difficulties of documenting a medium that is often fast-moving, ephemeral and subject to a variety of social and algorithmic filtering. As a forum, audience participation is highly encouraged, especially from scholars who are interested in sharing their own experiences, discussing methodological difficulties, or just learning more about digital methods.