Queer Temporalities, Queer Affects, and Queer Failures: Folkloric Responses to Death and the Afterlife

Cory W. Thorne (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

In the spring of 2021, Mickey Weems was diagnosed with cancer and began an energetic & creative journey to documenting, planning, & celebrating his upcoming voyage to the afterlife. At the very same time, my family and I faced a similar but unplanned journey following the fatal car accident of my 16 year-old nephew. Over a series of conversations, we explored folklore practices to death & dying and the value of creativity & performance in accepting and healing. Together we share our thoughts on queer theory & folklore while focusing on creative approaches to death & the afterlife.

Part of 02-08 Queer Folkloristics across Time and Space, Thursday, November 02, 10:30 am–12:30 pm