Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

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

Monday, October 18, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online


Chair: Andrea Kitta (East Carolina University)

2:15 pm
Applying Folklore to Expand COVID Vaccine Access, Equity, and Confidence
Jennifer Spitulnik (Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services)

2:30 pm
COVID “Antivaxx” Discourses on the French Web: Their Specificity Regarding "Classical" Vaccine Hesitancy/Antivaxx Mobilizations
Julien Giry (University of Tours)

2:45 pm
Hidden Figures: Representations of Authority in COVID-Related Social Media Posts of Malawi
Anika Wilson (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

3:00 pm
Vaccine Hunters and Fake Grannies: Distribution and Equity of the COVID-19 Vaccine
Andrea Kitta (East Carolina University)

The significance of informal knowledge production and dissemination networks has rarely been more clear than in our present historical moment defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. The participants in this panel reveal and explore a variety of ways that folkloric knowledge is generated and activated in the current crises and reflect on the ways these folkloric responses impact the health of the public as well as public health. Furthermore, this panel interrogates the role of folklorists in public health interventions, with some suggesting that we can make greater contributions to the public good.