07-06 Reading Popular Culture Through Folklore

Saturday, November 04, 8:30 am–10:00 am
Executive Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section

Chair: John E. Price (Independent Folklorist)

8:30 am
The Star Trek Arrowhead Paradox: The Power of Folkloric Knowledge in Popular Culture
John E. Price (Independent Folklorist)

8:45 am
(Re)Imagining Snakes: Lessons from a Meme
Stephen Michael Lochetto (Penn State Harrisburg)

9:00 am
Finding the Lost Light: Transformations of Folklore in Fictional Worldbuilding
Daniel Peretti (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

9:15 am
Whose Nostalgia is it, Anyway?: The Romanticization of the 1980s, 80s Queer Culture, and Stranger Things Fanfiction.
Shirley K. Shields (Folkwise)

9:30 am
Kim D. Stryker (George Mason University)

The scholarly links between popular culture and folk studies have been expanding and have grown new branches of inquiry as to how one informs the other. With popular culture and its products becoming more relevant to folkloristics, the role of the folklorist in developing cultural studies will only increase in coming years. In this panel, the relationship between popular culture and folklore will be considered from a variety of angles and perspectives, including: the role of pop culture with relation to phobias, the use of fanfiction to navigate nostalgia, the spread of popular culture in folkloristic ways, and worldbuilding in comic books through the application of fictional folklore.