Welcome to Everyday Life!
This is the first post on the site, which is at once exciting and a daunting task to accomplish. Everyday Life is a blog that strives to open up the conversations that are happening within folklore studies circles. These are conversations both in academic settings as well as in applied and public sectors of folklore scholarship. We understand, and relish, that many outside of our discipline enjoy the cultural productions that we examine as folklorists. By using this open-access format we hope to offer our research, ideas, theories, debates, and considerations outside of folkloristics.
The idea for such a platform came out a desire to do more than publish in books and journals that are, by design, consumed by such a small audience. Looking to other academic disciplines as an example for how they approach a general audience, as well as how they try and accomplish a more interdisciplinary dialog, the answer seemed clear: a blog.
Everyday Life, I hope, will be a place that brings together folklorists and other audiences to foster a dialog about what we are doing in the world and in the academy. This post is just the first footstep toward a great journey of exploring folklore.
The first few posts will consist of a group of graduate students in different programs across the United States writing about their personal definitions of folklore as well as answering the question, “Why is folklore important?” This is just the beginning. Again, another step in the journey. After that we hope to get a number of folklorists who do work in different sectors and who are at different stages of their professional lives to write for us. This is a blog by folklorists, but it is not intended to be solely for folklorists.
I hope you enjoy the posts. Please feel free to comment on particular posts. Each post will be the beginning of a conversation here on Everyday Life, but hopefully it won’t be the end.