Harrisburg ProgramSaturday, October 23

62-01 No Longer “Humanique”: Posthuman Folklore and the Relationship between Humans, Plants, and Animals

Saturday, October 23, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Harrisburg Ballroom: Lancaster/Getty

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Daisy M. Ahlstone (The Ohio State University)

10:30 am
Ostensive Behavior: The Effect of Storytelling on Non-Human Animals
Daisy M. Ahlstone (The Ohio State University)

10:50 am
Kill the Lizard, but Spare the Cat: Invasive Species and Phylogenetic Hegemony
Stephen Michael Lochetto (Penn State Harrisburg)

11:10 am
Plants are People Too: The Personification of American Ginseng
Betty J. Belanus (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

11:30 am
discussant
Mary Hufford (The Ohio State University)

Folklore is a boundary-pushing discipline and this panel highlights one of the most recent expansions in the 21st century: posthuman folklore. “Posthuman Folklore” refers to two related things: “the folklore regarding posthumanism and folklore from beyond the human” (xiii). This panel focuses on applications of the one of the two main branches of posthumanism: the branch of ethology and what human relationships with animals and plants say about how humans interact with the biological world. The presenters seek to uncover new conceptions of “human” as traditional boundaries between humans and other biological beings are becoming blurred. Work Cited: Thompson, Tok. Posthuman Folklore (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2019)