02-10 Folklore and Governmental Rhetorics

Thursday, November 02, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Galleria I

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Diane E. Goldstein (Indiana University Bloomington, emerita)

10:30 am
Questioning Authority and Authoritative Questions: The Scientistic Politics of COVID Campus Health Knowledges
Myc Wiatrowski (Indiana University)

11:00 am
From Risk Semantics to Embodied Practice: The Co-Production of Infection Control Practices in Norway during the Pandemic
Kyrre Kverndokk (University of Bergen)

11:30 am
“My daughter took a picture with her!”: Negotiating Legends When Facts Point to Falsehoods
Lynne S. McNeill (Utah State University)

12:00 pm
A Frenzie of Furries: Government Otherkin, Litterboxes, and a Confusion of Genres
Diane E. Goldstein (Indiana University Bloomington, emerita)

Our panel presents a series of case studies that instead of looking at how folklore is used by governments, explores how government is used by folklore. Each case study in this panel begins with governmental rhetoric found in a mandate, a legislative bill, a regulation, or a government debate, and moves to exploring the appropriation, recontextualization, sanitizing, or rearticulation, of those government or institutional words or ideas, in the everyday lives of people and communities. Our case studies highlight the epistemic distance between the bureaucratic world of government and the world of vernacular communities.