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  in-person session will be live streamed from Harrisburg

9:30 am–11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (21)

21-01  Dancing As One: The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs (2019)  

21-02  Folk Arts in the Time of COVID, Part I: Documentation as Radical Care in Life-Altering Times  

21-03  Creative Shifts: Music, Mobility, and Meaning in a Globalizing North  

21-04  Intersections of Knowledge and Belief, Speaking and Writing  

11:15 am–12:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (22)

22-01  New Approaches to Jewish Folklore and Ethnology  

22-02  Home, Environment, and Material Culture  

22-03  Nostalgia in Theory and Practice  

22-04  Folk Arts in the Time of COVID, Part II: Creation as Radical Care in Life-Altering Times  

22-05  Toppling Folklore’s Racists Monuments: Paths and Approaches for a Liberatory, Abolitionist, Justice-Centered, Equity-Based, and Decolonial Folkloristics   

22-06  Partnerships Between Folklore & Arts Management Programs in Higher Education: Theory, Practice, and Virtual Internships at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival  

22-07  Scotland to NC Mountain Community Values and Fears Inside Out in Literature, Ballads, Black Fiddler Dance Music, and Apprentices and Mentors (with media and music)  

22-08  Climate Change Temporalities   

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Francis Lee Utley Memorial Panel: Heritage, Tourism, Community: A Conversation with Owe Ronström  

Sponsored by:
Fellows of the American Folklore Society
Nordic-Baltic Folklore Section

Chair: Carl Lindahl (University of Houston) and Deborah A. Kapchan (New York University)

Owe Ronström (University of Uppsala)

“Heritage” and “Tourism” are terms that lure outsiders to seek instant identification with communities that they do not know. Folklorist Owe Ronström created the Heritage track of a multidisciplinary program focusing on how best to represent the communities most affected by tourism. Heritage producers provide commodified images of place; tourism provides the customers. In this process, the narratives of the host communities are reduced, neglected or simply overwritten. As “the tourist gaze” and “the heritage gaze” threaten to erase the narratives of the host community, how do folklorists effectively respond to make tourism sustainable, even advantageous, for the hosts?

2:15 pm–3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (24)

24-01  Contested Traditions, Alternative Realms, Transformational Experiences

24-02  Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part III: Public Practice and ICH Safeguarding through Heritage Regimes, Academic and Cultural Institutions   

24-03  Searching for Healing in South Korea: In Loving Memory of Roger L. Janelli  

24-04  Speaking Through/With Time and Tradition: Nordic Case Studies  

24-05  Exploring 19th-Century British, French, and German Fairy Tales by Women through Women Writing Wonder (2021)  

24-06  Tracing Verbal Traditions  

24-07  Traditional Knowledge and Educational Practice  

24-08  Fieldwork during the COVID-19 Pandemic  

4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Conversations for the Field: Urgencies of the Field  

Chair: Thomas Grant Richardson (Independent)

Tim Frandy (Western Kentucky University)

Jon Kay (Indiana University and Traditional Arts Indiana)

Maida Owens (Louisiana Folklife Program)

Stalwarts of the field briefly discuss the urgent matter they’ve turned their attention to. Come listen and contribute to how folkloristics can be applied to the most pressing and urgent matters facing us today, and how practitioners can meet these moments.

4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Using AFC Online Resources in Higher Education Settings (Workshop)  

Chair: John Fenn (American Folklife Center)

Alda Allina Migoni (Library of Congress)

During this interactive workshop, participants will learn about two new digital publications created by staff at the American Folklife Center/Library of Congress that provide access to the rich materials hosted online by AFC. AFC staff will lead participants through the various components of these two publications, share tips for using the resources in teaching or research settings, and facilitate discussion about the wide range of online materials available to faculty and students.

5:15 pm–6:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (26)

26-01  Interrupting Fairy Tales across Media  

26-02  “Folk” Culture in Eastern Asia: Transition, Survivance, and Attendance  

26-03  Forest-Lore in the Pyrocene  

26-04  Nature Abhors a Tyrant  

26-05  Race, Ethnicity, and Nation in the History of Folklore and Folklife Studies  

26-06  Folksong, Agency, and Social Critique  

26-07  Measuring the Impact of Apprenticeships: Proposing a Longitudinal Comparative Study  

7:00 pm–8:30 pm

In Defense of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories, Sort of: How the Broader Ecology of Laypersons’ Narratives Can Help Medicine  

Sponsored by:
Department of Humanities at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
Humanities Institute at Penn State
School of Humanities at Penn State Harrisburg

Charles L. Briggs (University of California, Berkeley)

One of the greatest concerns for public health authorities in developing COVID-19 mitigation policies has been a global avalanche of misinformation and conspiracy theories, which are seen as major threats to public acceptance of mitigation measures and vaccination. This lecture examines how concern with misinformation can thwart appreciation of the broad and heterogeneous parameters of lay efforts to produce knowledge about the disease and its effects. During this period, large burdens of care have fallen to laypersons, including for isolation, quarantine, and home care for “mild cases,” even as a tricky virus has thwarted clinicians’ and epidemiologists’ efforts to provide linear timelines or stability and certainty in predicting SARS-CoV-2’s trajectories. The argument is presented that health professionals have much to gain by learning to appreciate not only patient narratives emerging in clinical encounters but the broader ecology of laypersons’ collective contributions to the complexities of care and prevention. In short, accepting laypersons as partners in COVID-19 knowledge production has much to offer in confronting the deep health inequities highlighted by the pandemic, addressing the challenges to health professionals and patients that continue to unfold, and finding ways to minimize chances of future cataclysmic pandemics.

7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (27)

27-01  Applying Folklore: Sustainability, Health, and Community  

27-02  Film Screening: Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley

27-03  Teaching and Learning in K-12 Classrooms during COVID  

27-04  Oral, Written, and Material Narrations of Italian Captivity in WWII   

8:45 pm–10:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (28)

28-01  Field Studies on Traditions and Politics in Rural China  

28-02  Folkloristic Work on Myth: Trends, Developments, and Tricksters  

28-03  Folkwise Live on Twitch

9:00 pm–11:00 pm

Song Circle (Vocal Jam)