Virtual ProgramWednesday, October 20

32-03 Theorizing Folklore from the Margins: A Forum

Wednesday, October 20, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee, the Chicano and Chicana Section, the Folklore Latino, the Latinoamericano, the y Caribeño Section


Chair: Solimar Otero (Indiana University) and Mintzi Auanda Martinez-Rivera (Providence College)

Forum participants:

Mabel Cuesta (University of Houston)

Rachel V. González Martín (University of Texas at Austin)

Phyllis M. May-Machunda (Independent)

Cory W. Thorne (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Juan Eduardo Wolf (University of Oregon)

This forum investigates key theoretical and methodological issues addressed by Theorizing Folklore from the Margins: Critical and Ethical Approaches, eds. Solimar Otero and Mintzi Martínez-Rivera (Indiana University Press, 2021). Authors from the collection will address how to conduct folklore scholarship from transnational, autoethnographic, and anticolonial perspectives. Research focusing on Indigenous, Cuban, Mexican, Chicana, Andean, and North American folklore will be discussed by exploring genres that include: personal experience narratives, creative writing, oral tradition, ritual, art, festival, and music. By bridging the gap between theory and practice, this forum confirms that engaging with marginalized communities is not only relevant, but necessary.