08-03 We Need an Accessible Watering Can: Folklorists with Disabilities (Re)Rooting in the Academy [Hybrid]

Saturday, November 04, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Broadway I/II

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section

Chair: Teresa Milbrodt (Roanoke College)

Forum participants:

Sylas Alvarez (Western Kentucky University)

Eva Þórdís Ebenezersdóttir (University of Iceland)

Megan Hillier-Geisler (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (Indiana University))

This forum will explore the nexus of disability, folklore, and working as a disabled or neurodivergent folklorist. We will discuss ways in which we have rooted our folklore research in disability studies and identity, and the need for disability-centric connections and communities among folklorists. The conversation will highlight our vulnerability to removal from academia and the larger sphere of dominant culture due to the rigorous demands on our bodyminds. These stressors can result in burnout, and endanger our physical, mental, and economic health. We will also discuss how layers of our intersectional identities affect our experiences of disability and neurodivergence.