Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Sponsored by the Public Programs Section
Chair: Emily Hilliard (Mid Atlantic Arts)
Katy Clune (Virginia Folklife Program)
Kimi Eisele (Southwest Folklife Alliance)
Selina Morales (Southwest Folklife Alliance)
Langston Collin Wilkins (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
In this forum, five public folklorists will explore the concepts of visionary folklore and intergenerational justice, considering a future-focused approach to cultural work. Grounded by our respective work among incarcerated populations, repair professionals, border communities, community activists, and traditional artists facing intertwined cultural, economic, and environmental crises, we will consider how folklorists can work in collaboration with communities to fight for cultural intergenerational justice. We will discuss how a visionary framework can guide our work in the present so that future communities may gain or retain agency over how their traditions are transmitted today and in the future.