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Theorizing Folklore from the Margins

The experience of living in hostile conditions for cultural, social, political, or economic reasons has redefined communities in crisis. The curated works in Theorizing Folklore from the Margins offer clear and feasible suggestions for how to ethically engage in the study of folklore with marginalized populations. By focusing on issues of critical race and ethnic studies, decolonial and antioppressive methodologies, and gender and sexuality studies, contributors employ a wide variety of disciplines and theoretical approaches. In doing so, they reflect the transdisciplinary possibilities of Folklore studies. By bridging the gap between theory and practice, Theorizing Folklore from the Margins confirms that engaging with oppressed communities is not only relevant, but necessary.

Meet the Editors and Authors

32-03 Theorizing Folklore from the Margins: A Forum

Wednesday, October 20, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

Attend the virtual forum with contributing authors as well as editors Solimar Otero and Mintzi Auanda Martinez-Rivera as they how to conduct folklore scholarship from transnational, autoethnographic, and anticolonial perspectives. Research focusing on Indigenous, Cuban, Mexican, Chicana, Andean, and North American folklore will be discussed by exploring genres that include: personal experience narratives, creative writing, oral tradition, ritual, art, festival, and music. 

What Folklorists Do

What Folklorists Do examines a wide range of professionals—both within and outside the academy, at the beginning of their careers or holding senior management positions—to demonstrate the many ways that folklore studies can shape aWhat can you do with a folklore degree? Over six dozen folklorists, writing from their own experiences, show us. A comprehensive guide to the range of good work carried out by today’s folklorists, What Folklorists Do is essential reading for folklore students and professionals and those in positions to hire them.

Advancing Folkloristics

An unprecedented number of folklorists are addressing issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality in academic and public spaces in the US, raising the question: How can folklorists contribute to these contemporary political affairs? Since the nature of folkloristics transcends binaries, can it help others develop critical personal narratives?

Journal of Folklore Research

The Journal of Folklore Research provides an international forum for current theory and research among scholars of traditional cultures. Each issue includes articles of theoretical interest to folklore and ethnomusicology as international disciplines, as well as essays that address the fieldwork experience and the intellectual history of folklore. Contributors include scholars and professionals in such additional fields as anthropology, area studies, communication, cultural studies, history, linguistics, literature, performance studies, religion, and semiotics.

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