06-03 Folk Heterotopias [Hybrid]

Withdrawn, 10/30: Heterotopic Practices in Japanese Street Altars and Shrines by incoronata nadia inserra (University of Tokyo).

Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Broadway I/II

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Section

Chair: Sabina Magliocco (University of British Columbia)

2:30 pm
Folk Heterotopias in the Anthropocene: Fairy Gardens in North America
Sabina Magliocco (University of British Columbia)

3:00 pm
The Waldensian Trail of Faith as a Folk Heterotopia
SARA J. BELL (Vance-Granville Community College)

3:30 pm
Heterotopic Practices in Japanese Street Altars and Shrines
incoronata nadia inserra (University of Tokyo)

4:00 pm
optional discussion time

The papers in this session deal with a variety of folk assemblages constructed in public-facing outdoor areas that communicate key spiritual or religious values and invite community participation. They examine religious materiality in the context of vernacular practice. Spanning North America, Italy, and Japan, they illustrate how community assemblages can constitute heterotopic space which disrupts cultural binaries by bringing together materials from widely divergent categories, spaces, and times. This juxtaposition draws disparate items into a landscape of meaning, both reproducing culture, and simultaneously contesting and inverting it.