Symposiums & Conferences

Folklore & Mythology holds an annual event aimed at exploring a thematic topic.  These events range from one-day symposia, to multi-day conferences.


Kinetic Folklore

Saturday, March 9th, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center


Kinetic Folklore


This year’s event, entitled Kinetic Folklore explores the idea of folkloristic movement in multiple senses and through various expressive practices. Hearkening back to our Committee’s first major event “Dance, Drum, and Drink” (whose 15th anniversary we will coincidentally be celebrating this year), Kinetic Folklore will examine a variety of embodied, musical, material, and oral traditions, as we think through how folklore moves from place to place, from time to time, and from body to body. Symposium participants will partake directly in the expressive, embodied energy of folklore through the oral presentation of their own works, through intersubjective engagement with one another, and through performances by practitioners who bring folklore to life through kinesis.  To this end, we are planning a fittingly kinetic event that will punctuate scholarly presentations with convivial discussions and embodied performances including dance, song, drumming, storytelling, and the exploration of local foodways.


(See the event page for a preliminary schedule!  Free and open to the public.)