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Creativity during the Covid lockdown: Life and Renewal During the Pandemic
Thursday 07 October 2021, 10:00am - 05:00pm
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6th Annual Folklore Society – Royal Anthropological Institute

Joint Seminar

‘Creativity during the Covid lockdown:
Life and Renewal During the Pandemic’

A Virtual Two-Day Conference
Date:  Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October, 2021
Time:  10.00am to 5.00pm

There is no conference fee.

Register in advance for both days: 



Thursday 7 October

10:00 - Welcome

10:15 – 11:30  - Session 1 - ‘Oral Folklore 1’

Marianthi Kaplanoglou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens),
George Tserpes (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) –
‘A Pandemic of Proverbs’ – Political Humour and Narrative Cultures during the COVID lockdown’.

Maria Ines Palleiro (Buenos Aires University),
Maria Eugenia Peltzer (La Plata University) –
Felicitas Guerrero and Other Femicides: History and Legend in Pandemic Times.

Robert McDowall (The Folklore Society, UK) –
No Island is an Island: COVID 19-perspectives on Everyday Life and Behaviour from a Small Island.

11:30 – 11:45
 - Break 

11:45 – 13:00 – Session 2 - ‘COVID and the Arts 1’

Cathy Greenhalgh (Independent Scholar) –
Covid Collage Chronicles: Collage as Modus Vivendi.

Natasha Mayo (Cardiff Metropolitan University) –
Irreducible Forces of Home.

Collen Deatherage (St. Stephens College, University of Alberta) -
Narrative Textiles: Coping through Creativity.


13:00 - 13:30 - Lunch break


13:30 – 14:45 - Session 3 - ‘Festivals and Pilgrimages’

Pedro Ricardo Coelho de Azevedo (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Duoro, Portugal) –
The Return to the Ways of St. James in the Northern Interior of Portugal in a Post-COVID 19 Pandemic Framework.

Margaret Bullen (University of the Basque Country, Spain) –
A Year without Festivals in the Basque Country: A Unique Opportunity for the Re-invention of Tradition ?

Martha Radice (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia) –
Re-creating Carnival in New Orleans during the COVID19 Pandemic.

14:45 – 15:00 - Break

15:00 – 16:15 - Session 4 - ‘Childlore’

Cathering Bannister (The University of Sheffield), Yinka Olusoga (The University of Sheffield) – A Merry Minecraft Christmas ? Children’s Playful Multimodal Response to Custom and Ritual during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Anna Beresin (The University of the Arts, Philadelphia) –
Techno Mischief: A Micro-ethnographic Study of Virtual Play during COVID.

Julia Bishop (The University of Sheffield) –
Playground Games in Pandemic Times: Continuity and Creativity in ‘Coronavirus Tig.

16:15 – 17:00 - General Discussion

Friday 8 October

10 – 11:15 - Session 5 - ‘Rituals’

Helen Frisby (University of the West of England) –
When Circumstances Allow …: English Funerals during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Diane Rodgers (Sheffield Hallam University) –
Creative COVID Customs and Folklore in Contemporary Film and Television.

Rahul Rose (London School of Economics) –
Coronavirus as Goddess: Fake News or a Form of Empowerment ?

11:15 – 11:30 - Break

11:30 – 12:45 - Session 6 - ‘COVID and the Arts 2’

Catherine O’Brien (Keble College, Oxford University) –
COVID, Clay and the Digital: Investigating the Role of Learning Resources and Digital Sociality in the Development of Pottery Skills in COVID-19 Britain.

Diana Ocholla (University of Cape Town) –
Commemorating Community Mobilisation in a Pandemic through Collaborative Video.

Mónica Jaramillo Sanjuán -
Onscreen Dance: Ongoing Response to COVID-19 Pandemic.

12:45 – 13:15 - Lunch break

13:15 – 14:30 - Session 7 - ‘Oral Folklore 2’

James F. Rosie –
Oral Traditions of the Global village: New Expressions of Creativity and Community.

Sarah Sprules (University of Wales, Trinity St. Davids) –
The Role of the Internet in Modern Folklore: Communal Heritage and Social Identity.

Andrew Robinson (Sheffield Hallam University) –
The Vernacular to the Rescue.

14:30 – 14:45 - Break

14:45 – 16:00 - Session 8 - ‘COVID and the Arts 3’

Maria Christoforou (Nicosia, Cyprus) –
The Corona Haiku Project: A Response to the Lockdowns.

Tom Crowley (University of Cambridge) –
‘Alfred Rowlett’s Magical Charms’.

Thomas Cressy (Cornell University, USA) -
Diffused Affect: Rhizomatic Sociality and the Turn to On-line Platforms among Japanese Performers of ‘Early Music’.


16:00 – 16:30 - General discussion, and conclusions from symposium