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session will be recorded and available for later viewing online
in-person session will be live streamed from Harrisburg
9:30 am–11:00 am
Concurrent Sessions (21)
11:15 am–12:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions (22)
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
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)
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
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
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)
26-04 Nature Abhors a Tyrant
7:00 pm–8:30 pm
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)
8:45 pm–10:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions (28)
28-03 Folkwise Live on Twitch
9:00 pm–11:00 pm