Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
This live event will not be recorded.
Sponsored by the Folklore and Science Section
Chair: Katherine Borland (The Ohio State University)
Negotiating the Research: Steps Toward Community-Partner-Centered Inquiry
Katherine Borland (The Ohio State University)
The Environmental Study Team at the Intersection of Folklife and Youth Activism
Ellen E. McHale (New York Folklore)
Citizen-Science and the Forest Commons: A Case Study of Knowledge Exchange among Trappers and Wildlife Biologists in West Virginia
Mary Hufford (Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network)
Youth Recycling, Environmental Stewardship, and Slow Activism in Southern West Virginia
Jordan Lovejoy (University of Minnesota)
optional discussion time
In a landscape scarred by extraction, trappers, recyclers, and watershed protectors work with environmental professionals to create a greener future. In this panel, we explore how students, teachers, and extension agents open up spaces for grassroots environmental governance to create bridges across generations in the cultural/environmental field. Where can the frictions between local knowledge and scientific expertise productively create space for talking about abstract concepts, like climate change? We examine chains of influence among differently-situated actors in the work of environmental repair and focus on the mechanisms for strengthening local governance in places that historically have suffered from expert interventions.