02-07 Minority Peoples, Expressive Culture, and Heritage in—and from—the Southeast Asian Massif, Part 2

Thursday, November 02, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Council Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section

See also 01-07, 03-07, and 04-07

Chair: C. Kurt Dewhurst (Michigan State University)

10:30 am
The Folklore of Water and the Were-Snake Transformation Tradition: Heritage as Non-Human Persons among the Khasi of Northeast India
Margaret Lyngdoh (University of Tartu)

11:00 am
China’s Ethnic Metaculture: Its Power and Weirdness
Katherine Dimmery (Stanford University)

11:30 am
Folklore and the Transformation of Collection Practices
C. Kurt Dewhurst (Michigan State University)

12:00 pm
optional discussion time

Seeking to actively join interdisciplinary discussions already underway while prompting new disciplinary ones, these panels bring together a diverse range of folklorists working with the minoritized peoples of the boundary-crossing region known variously as the Southeast Asian Massif or, more controversially, Zomia. Spanning the conventional regions of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, the region connects Southwest China through parts of Southeast Asia to parts of Northeast India. This set of panels will feature studies grounded in museum research, ethnography, oral history, and ethnopoetics and will include folklorists working among peoples in—but also from—the Southeast Asian Massif.