Call for Papers: Pandemic & Politics Issue
Theme: Hindsight 2020
During the New Year transition, we are still amid the COVID-19 Pandemic facing times of profound uncertainty. While the pandemic continues to be the epicenter and catalyst for worldwide change, the year 2020 itself has developed a distinct mnemonic temporality. It was a year of unprecedented political unrest, isolation, virtuality. However, 2020 is also rapidly transitioning from lived reality to collective, cultural and social memory.
How have our disciplines, our fieldwork, our institutions and our relationships been altered by this marked year of fundamental revisioning?
What kind of folklore has emerged, intervened, and shaped perceptions of 2020? What vernacular modalities have come about to make sense of these times of unrest?
Cultural Analysis is interested in hearing from various perspectives internationally and at the boundaries of our disciplines as we have all navigated the challenges of this past year.
While we will consider a broad range of topics/submissions, the following items offer a few prompts
Fact-checking and narrative formations
Movements, Identity and Group Solidarity
Social Memory and Competing Voices
Citizen Protests and Social Justice
Masks, Anti-Mask, and Cultural Signification
New/Hybrid (Remote) Occupational Folklore
2020 Internet Folklore
Vernacular Expressive Responses
DIY Health rumors
Impact on Heritage Festivals
Transnational cultural flow and stagnation
Zoom Lore and Communications
Remote Festivals and the Organizing of Nonlocality
Disruption and Continuity of Traditional gatherings
Emergent Narratives of 2020
The role of folkloristics and ethnology in pandemic studies
Homebound Performance Culture
Foodways during the Pandemic
Online and Remote Religious Performances
Notes & Reports (2,000-3,000 words): Fieldwork notes, Conference Reports
Research/Theoretical Article (10,000 words): Featuring 1-2 Transdisciplinary Responses
Critical Reflective Essays (5,000 words)
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: March 31, 2021 (notification of acceptance mid-April)
Full article submission due: June 1
Peer-reviews due: July 31
Revisions due: Mid-Sept
Copy-editing / Production: End-Nov
Please see our submission guidelines.