Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture

Forum Series 1:
Pandemics & Politics



March 2023

Dom Tartaglia
State of Florida Division of Arts & Culture, Tallahassee, Florida
Kaitlyn L. Kinney
Independent, Winchester, Virginia
Christine J. Widmayer
Wisconsin Humanities, Madison, Wisconsin
Annamarie Morel
Treasure Island Museum, Oakland, California
Daisy Ahlstone
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Jared L. Schmidt
Tillamook Bay Community College, Tillamook, Oregon & Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, Oregon
Becoming Folkwise: Sustaining Digital Community While Socially Distant (Essay)


Juwen Zhang
Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
Making Sense of the Pandemic of Racism: From the Asian Exclusion Act in 1924 to the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in 2021

Fariha I. Khan


Lucy M. Long
Center for Food & Culture & Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Refrigerators, Cupboards, and Canning Jars: Emergent Meanings and Subversive Practices in Food Preservation and Storage During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Inklings, Frights, Coping, and Gratitude—Personal Foodways in Tough Times, Janet C. Gilmore


Andrew Kitta
East Carolina University
God is My Vaccine: Religious Belief and COVID in the United States (Essay)


Levi Bochantin & James I. Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, U.S.A.
The Folkloric Roots and Pandemic Popularity of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory (Essay)


Malay Bera
Ashoka University, India
Interrogating Social Distancing: Pandemic and Farmers’ Protest in India


April 2023

Adam Hinden
University of Cambridge, UK
Ziying You
The College of Wooster, USA
Zhen Guo
Northeastern University, USA
Online Activism and Grassroots Memorialization in the Age of COVID-19: Dr. Li Wenliang's Virtual Wailing Wall

Response to Contesting Narratives: Public Memorialization during COVID-19 in China, Frederik Schmitz