Friday, March 30, 2018 (All day)
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Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge

Toxic Tales, Body Burdens, and Climatic Conundrums

2018 Folklore & Mythology Symposium with keynote speaker Tiffany Lethabo King, WGSS, Georgia State University. Hosted by Folklore & Mythology and The Office of the Provost, Harvard University.

With debates about how or whether climate change is “pure myth” in an age of alt-facts, this symposium brings together scholars who think broadly and deeply about various forms of “toxicity” – social, sexual, economic, political, historically-situated, medical, as well as environmental – and the tales told about who and what is “toxic”, abnormal, diseased or harmful. Who represents “the folk” in Americana lore and in global narratives about progress? Where is the line between “traditionality” and “modernity,” who draws it, and what are its implications? How does “folk science” contribute to the making of current medical and agricultural innovations on a quickly heating planet? Drawing from Critical Race, Muslim, Indigenous, Queer and Environmental studies, this symposium’s storytellers will present on myriad “toxic tales” that span the intersections of folkloristics, queer theory, environmental and social justice, settler colonialism and structural racism in the United States and around the world.  (Photo credit above: Teresa Montoya;

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