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  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online
  in-person session will be live streamed from Harrisburg

9:00 am–10:00 am

Welcome for Newcomers

9:30 am–11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (11)

11-01  Dynamics of Belief and Practice in the Ritual Context: Five Cases from Contemporary Iran  

11-02  Decolonizing Folklore I  

11-03  Weathering the Storm from a Small Ship: Leading Grassroots Organizations and Community-Driven Folklife Programs through the Pandemic  

11:15 am–12:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (12)

12-01  Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part I: Heritagization, Folklore Studies, and Transformations of Traditions  

12-03  Fieldwork in Crisis: Conversations and Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic  

12-04  Ethnographic Comics: Community-Driven Opioid Use Disorder Ethnography + Community-Centered Comics = A Stigma and Harm Reduction Practice  

12-05  Creative States (of Mind and Matter): Amateur Museums, Vernacular Displays, and Community Spaces  

12-06  A Discussion of Unlearning: Rethinking Poetics, Pandemics, and the Politics of Knowledge by Charles Briggs  

12-07  “The Games I Play”: Children’s Games in 1930s Ireland  

12-08  Referencing Folklore: The Work, and Future, of the Discipline’s Standards and Measures

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Becoming Folkwise: Sustaining Digital Community while Socially Distant  

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Cultural Diversity Committee Brown Bag Lunch

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

How to Be a Folklorist in the Public Square (and Make People Pay Attention)   

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

PACT Meeting

2:15 pm–3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (14)

14-01  Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part II: Nationalism, Class, and Heritage Policies  

14-02  Black in the Land of the Piscataway  

14-03  Share Your Foodways: Collaborations for Food Access  

14-04  Pandemic Pedagogy: What We’ve Learned and What We’ll Carry Forward  

14-05  Lesbian Digital Archives: Virtually Curating and Creating Queer Desire and Community  

14-06  Crisis Folklore: Vernacular Responses to COVID-19 and Public Health  

14-07  Narrating Human-Nature Relations  

14-08  “This Needs More Time!”: Addressing the Practical Limitations of Community-University Partnerships  

4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Opening Ceremony, with a Time of Remembrance and Awards and Recognitions  

Sponsored by:
American Folklore Society


Norma E. Cantú (Trinity University)

Jessica A.  Turner (American Folklore Society)

Welcome and opening of the meeting by President Norma Cantú

Highlights of the meeting to come

Tributes to departed colleagues will be read during this time of remembrance. Only statements submitted to AFS by October 1 are included in this ceremony.

Presentation of honors, awards and prizes conferred by the American Folklore Society and AFS Fellows.

5:15 pm–6:45 pm

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by:
American Folklore Society

Join the Virtual Welcome Reception Breakouts to say “hi” to old friends and meet new ones! We encourage participants to move in and out of reception breakouts to find colleagues and exercise your Zoom skills.

Breakout 1: General welcome reception with AFS President Norma Cantu and AFS Executive Board members

Breakout 2: Newcomers’ welcome reception, with AFS Executive Director Jessica Turner. If you can’t make this time, join us instead for the Welcome for Newcomers.

Breakout 3: Welcome reception for graduate students from any and all programs

Breakout 4: Welcome for public folklore

Breakout 5: Welcome for BIPOC attendees

Breakout 6: Welcome for international participants

Breakout 7: Welcome for LGBTQIA members

Breakout 8: New Directions/Digital Folklore

This live event will not be recorded.

7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (17)

17-01  Continuing Conversations, Communicating Death  

17-02  Dan Crowley Memorial Panel: Discussion of Milbre Burch’s Holding Up the Sky   

17-03  Theorizing Isolation, Tradition, and Ritual during a Pandemic  

17-04  Traditional Dances of Mexico and the Southwest, Part I  

17-05  Asians and the Global Pandemic: Race, Invisibility, and the Urgency of Asian American Folklore Studies  

8:45 pm–10:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (18)

18-02  Traditional Dances of Mexico and Greater Mexico, and Beyond, Part II  

9:00 pm–11:00 pm

Grad Student & Young Professionals Happy Hour