05-03 Retirement, ReWirement, Refirement [Hybrid]

Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Broadway I/II

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Independent Folklorists' Section, the Women's Section

Chair: Luisa Del Giudice (Independent)

Forum participants:

Cristina Bacchilega (University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, emerita)

Sabina Magliocco (University of British Columbia)

Kay Turner (Independent Folklorist)

This forum explores emerging retirement/ReWirement rituals and transitions, as demographics, and as professional and academic environments, shift. For women especially, disproportionately non-linear and contingent folklorists, this discussion seems timely and critical. From the chrononormative “retired” (i.e., end point) to the chrono-exploratory reWired (i.e., restart and re-imagine), this platform shares new ways of thinking and being in post-professional life—often beyond the institutional boxes of universities, professional societies, public humanities organizations, etc.—to initiate or strengthen conversations that seem both more pressing and more satisfying in times marked by the pandemic as well as the devaluing of the humanities.