Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

Becoming Folkwise: Sustaining Digital Community while Socially Distant

Monday, October 18, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Chair: Jared L. Schmidt (Tillamook Bay Community College)

Daisy M. Ahlstone (The Ohio State University)
Kaitlyn L. Kinney (Independent)
Annamarie Morel-O'Brien (Penn State Harrisburg)
Dominick Tartaglia ()
Christine J. Widmayer (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

In this roundtable, we discuss how folklorists can not only physically and socially distance but also foster a strong sense of community and create innovative and engaging educational content in the process. After reconnecting early in the pandemic through the Virtual Social Distancing Folklore Happy Hour and lively Facebook group chats, a group of early-career folklorists decided to launch their own social media brand, Folkwise. This thoughtful and transparent roundtable discussion will explore the potentiality of social media platforms to enhance our discipline’s reach and inspire new audiences. Discussion topics will range from the use of Zoom as a pixelated happy hour, to the early trials and tribulations of developing a YouTube channel, the capacity for Twitch gaming streams to encourage folkloric discourse, to spheres of digital intimacy in the age of COVID-19.