04-12 Folklore and the Environment in the Coastal American South

Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am
Galleria III

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Gabrielle Berlinger (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

8:30 am
"It was Calamity": Rural Identity and Disaster Time in Horry County, South Carolina
Zachary Faircloth (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

8:45 am
“Our History is Based on Loss”: Memorialization as Disaster Response on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Sarah A. Torgeson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

9:00 am
"They Used to Be Considered Farmers": The Criminalization of Venus Flytrap Harvesting in Coastal North Carolina
Sara Graybeal (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

9:15 am
Low Country, High Water: Folklore Futurisms and Collaborative Climate Vision in Beaufort County, South Carolina
Spencer George (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

9:30 am
Jordan Lovejoy (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

In a world of ecological crisis, environmental precarity, and forced uprooting, what does it mean (culturally, traditionally, imaginatively) to be intentionally rooted in place? Along the coastal American South, different forms of expressive culture – storytelling, material memorialization, local knowledge – complicate conceptual binaries that often characterize these “vulnerable” places. This panel examines the relationships between hurricane devastation and communal narrative, between individual agency, coastal change, and storytelling. These relationships reveal processes by which communities place themselves within ecological space, and the local and regional narrativizations of identity that those processes produce, imagining roots in both material and figurative ways.