Hello Folkwise Fam! We are excited to announce that our collaboratively written article on the making of Folkwise, our ethic, and our future goals and practice as an organization is now available for you to read! Thank you Cultural Analysis for taking on and publishing our article, along with the others that will make up a special Pandemic Series for the coming months.
Check it our by following the link below:
Becoming Folkwise: Sustaining Digital Community While Socially Distant
State of Florida Division of Arts & Culture
Christine J. Widmayer
The Ohio State University
Kaitlyn L. Kinney
Treasure Island Museum
Jared L. Schmidt
Tillamook Bay Community College
& Southwestern Oregon Community College
Coos Bay, OR
The COVID-19 pandemic reconnected a group of early-career folklorists leading to the launch of WiseFolk Productions, LLC. The organization uses digital platforms to share folkloric research interests with new communities, build the field’s visibility, and present alternative venues for intellectual discussion while physically distancing. This reflection explores social media’s potentiality for enhancing the reach of folkloristics and inspiring broader participation in discussions of everyday life. This essay is organized around the four core values of the group’s primary project, Folkwise, and offers a transparent example of what they define as Public Digital Humanities.
Keywords: public humanities, folklore, livestream, accessibility, digital media, collaboration