Forum Series 1: Pandemics & Politics

The Editors

Introduction: Changing Landscapes

Dom Tartaglia, Kaitlyn L. Kinney, Christine J. Widmayer, Annamarie Morel, Daisy Ahlstone, & Jared L. Schmidt

Becoming Folkwise: Sustaining Digital Community While Socially Distant (Essay)

Juwen Zhang

Making Sense of the Pandemic of Racism: From the Asian Exclusion Act in 1924 to the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in 2021

Response by: Fariha I. Khan

Lucy M. Long

Refrigerators, Cupboards, and Canning Jars: Emergent Meanings and Subversive Practices in Food Preservation and Storage During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Response by: Janet C. Gilmore

Andrea Kitta

God is My Vaccine: Religious Belief and COVID in the United States (Essay)

Levi Bochantin & James I. Deutsch

The Folkloric Roots and Pandemic Popularity of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory (Essay)

Malay Bera

Interrogating Social Distancing: Pandemic and Farmers’ Protest in India

Approaching Trauma through Laughter, Betrayal, and Othering: Volume 20.2

Tuulikki Kurki, Tiiu Jaago, Saija Kaskinen, Kirsi Laurén, Tarja Tanttu

Introduction: Approaching Trauma through Laughter, Betrayal, and Othering

Liisi Laineste

Laughing Through Tears: Online Reactions to Trauma-related Humor in Estonia

Saija Kaskinen

The Story of Migration and Betrayal: Finnish-Americans Coming Down with Karelian Fever

Tarja Tanttu & Tuulikki Kurki

Odd One Out: Writers Addressing Othering and Exclusion in Finland

Jopi Nyman

Response: Trauma at the Borders

Book Review

by Judith Lepore

About Cultural Analysis

Cultural Analysis is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to investigating expressive and everyday culture. The journal features analytical research articles, but also includes notes, reviews, and cross-disciplinary responses.

Established in 2000 in the Berkeley Folklore Archives, Cultural Analysis has published over 19 volumes and hosts a global editorial board and collective.

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  • Cultural Analysis is global in scope, with an international editorial board.

  • Cultural Analysis is global in scope, with an international editorial board.


Submission Guidelines

Cultural Analysis encourages submissions from a variety of theoretical standpoints and from different disciplines, including, but not limited to, anthropology, cultural studies, folklore, media studies, popular culture, psychology, and sociology.

Authors should submit research articles of approximately 20-30 pages in length, in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, and include an abstract of 100 words and a "Works Cited" section. Authors must provide either an electronic or a paper copy of their article. Microsoft Word is the preferred format for all electronic copies. Electronic copies may be sent as e-mail attachments to

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