Journal of Folklore and Education

An Interdisciplinary Publication for Culturally Connected Learning

Death, Loss, and Remembrance Across Cultures

Death, Loss, and Remembrance Across Cultures prompts readers to consider their own complex and complicated relationship(s) to death and contemplate how people come to understand themselves, each other, and the world around them. Folklore can be a resource in helping heal from the trauma of loss and death while also aiding ongoing efforts to reckon with historical trauma from our shared histories.

Bretton A. Varga and Mark E. Helmsing, Guest Editors

Volume 9 Highlights

The newest volume of JFE asks: What is the role for folklore in education in teaching and learning about death, loss, and remembrance? From ritual to spirituality and in concepts of time and history; through poetry, comic art, community mapping, folklife festival, museum exhibition, and family life—Volume 9 offers activities and content for learners of all ages.

Find tools to support reflection around Covid and disaster. Trauma-informed frameworks and activities suited for social-emotional learning can be found in the 15+ articles.

2023 Call for Submissions: Teaching with Primary Sources

Over the past 150 years folklorists, ethnomusicologists, and other ethnographic researchers have created a unique, enormous corpus of ethnographic field collections that are not familiar to most educators. These multi-format, unpublished groups of materials documenting human life and traditions have been created, gathered, and organized by folklorists or other cultural researchers as part of community-based field research. This special issue of the Journal of Folklore and Education offers a deep dive into ethnographic primary source materials, organized around the theme “Teaching with Ethnographic and Folk Arts Collections: Challenging History.” Submissions due April 1, 2023.