09-03 Queering Folkloristics, in Honor of Mickey Weems [Hybrid]

Saturday, November 04, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Broadway I/II

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the LGBTQIA+ Section

Chair: Cory W. Thorne (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Forum participants:

Cameron Barlow (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Guillermo De Los Reyes (University of Houston)

Andrea L. Glass (University of Delaware)

Mintzi Auanda Martinez Rivera (Ohio State University)

Cory W. Thorne (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

In response to his cancer diagnosis in 2021, folklorist Mickey Weems set off with profound energy and enthusiasm to plan and document his voyage to the afterlife. Speaking to his work on queer spiritualities and performativities, we will explore the history of 2SLGBTQI+ studies in folklore and the development of queer folkloristics. Participants will speak to Mickey’s contributions to our discipline, as well as his embodiment of these ideas. This work will then be the basis for a discussion on the direction of our discipline, for its underlying queerness, as well as its unique contributions to social justice activism.