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Folklore Talks: Interrogating the Normal: Folkloristic Engagements with Disability
Folklore opens new vistas for understanding what counts as normal. Studies of disability by folklorists are especially provocative for their critiques of ableism, challenging concepts of cultural competence.

Phyllis May-Machunda (Professor Emerita of American Multicultural Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead) will discuss her experiences as a parent of a child with a disability/illness through the lens of a folklorist and will consider intersections among folklore and disability.

Nora Groce (the Cheshire Chair at University College London (UCL)) will consider folklore and disability as important and often overlooked factors in international development and global health efforts.

Drawing on his memoir, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie, Anand Prahlad (Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri) will focus on the importance of writing and voice in representations of disability, implicating ruptures in the canon of folkloristics.

They will be joined by scholars from both folklore and disability studies in a roundtable discussion following the presentations.

This webinar will be accessible and recorded for those unable to attend. You can also join the conversation in small follow-up virtual discussion “salons” to be held one week later, April 1, 12:00–pm-1:30 pm EDT. Separate registration is required for the salons; information about how to register will be shared with webinar registrants and in AFS News after the event.

"Interrogating the Normal: Folkloristic Engagements with Disability" is the first in a series of three webinars on the topic of “Interrogating the Normal” and is part of a continuation of the Folklore Talks webinars presented by the AFS Fellows. 

Sponsored by the Fellows of the American Folklore Society and the Society for Disability Studies.

Mar 25, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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