06-09 Rooting Death in Folkloristics

Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Senate Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section

Chair: Kaitlyn L. Kinney (Folkwise)

2:30 pm
"There Was Death, But May It Never Return:" Post-Mortem Folklore, Apotropaic Storytelling, and the Orature of Genocide Prevention in Rwanda
Lowell Brower (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

2:45 pm
Evil Scars on Roads: Folk Beliefs and Narratives of Road Accidents in Bangladesh
Israt Jahan Lipa (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

3:00 pm
Ghosts, Graves, and Guidance: How Haunted Tourism Can Engage Death Education
Darcy Anderson (Cal State University, Fullerton)

3:30 pm
Ambiguous Loss and Familial Networks: Meanings of Family for Queer and Trans Individuals
Alyx McLuckie (Independent Researcher)

3:45 pm
Braiding Other Worlds: Intergenerational Connections and End-of-Life Considerations
Kaitlyn L. Kinney (Folkwise)

Death is a complex cultural phenomenon and concept deeply embedded in our practices and beliefs. This panel explores the various aspects of memory, loss, and death in different contexts and communities for understanding the diverse ways in which death holds significance for people. This is accomplished by examining various deathscapes through "apotropaic storytelling" in Rwanda, road accidents in Bangladesh, and haunted tourism in California. It also investigates the complexities of family relationships for queer and trans individuals. It explores the significance of intergenerational relationships among folklorists. The panel offers a multifaceted perspective on the intersection of memory, loss, and death as it relates to folklore and everyday life.