May 5, 2020

I’ve been in higher education my entire adult life. This is what I do. This is what I’m good at. What do I do once that job is gone? Read more

April 23, 2020

With many jokes circulating about quarantine daydrinking and the like, I thought it’d be a good time to examine the folklore of and around booze for a #FolkloreThursday post. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve blogged for #FolkloreThursday, and looking back at the archives, I’d already done a pretty extensive job of discussing major folklore genres and theories. So that’s good. But it also left me wondering what to tackle next. I’ve reached out to one colleague for a… Read more

April 21, 2020

I’m out of the academic game for now, but I see a lot of people lamenting that college won’t ever be the same again – and I just keep wondering, were you not paying attention while public funding for it was dropping?! Read more

April 10, 2020

I’m soon to join the ranks of the pandemic unemployed. Mostly I’m alternating between devastated and numb, but maybe I’ll have time for more writing and blogging this way? Read more

April 9, 2020

Being a folklorist in a time of global pandemic is interesting, and our discipline’s insights aren’t as useless as one might think. Here, I go into some of what we bring to the (socially isolated) party. Read more

February 4, 2020

Pausing to reflect on one’s social positioning in regard to one’s writing is a good thing to do…preferably before publishing said piece of writing. Here are a few thoughts on my recent work on the belly dance debates. Read more

January 23, 2020

Naming discussions are rocking the North American belly dance communities, especially the tribal fusion and tribal improv subsets. Apart from our usual conversations about cultural appropriation, the main question is: who gets to use the word tribal? Read more

January 21, 2020

There’s a discussion brewing in the belly dance community about genres that go by the name tribal and whether we (white Americans, among others) should get to use that word. What follows is some reflections on language and meaning. Read more

December 31, 2019

The answer, obviously, is yes on some level, because this folklorist is definitely blogging right now, but I want to dig in a bit deeper as to why we might want to blog, or why we might want to abstain, and whom this benefits. Read more

December 26, 2019

Part of grappling with sexual assault from a folklorist’s perspective means taking into account how it impacts communities and their cultures, and wow are there some ethical considerations to be discussed. Read more

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