Settling the Unsettled: Decolonizing Ghost Lore
This October, CRDS will work to decolonize & centralize the folklore surrounding death & dying from marginalized global cultures and communities.
We are not looking to examine cultural beliefs/lore/myth in order to prove any truths or fictions. Folklore will not be treated or presented as ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’, glorified or demonized, superior or inferior. Instead, within this October #RadDeathReads we want to share the stories of people and let those stories and the people who cherish them speak for themselves as much as possible.
Join us as we spend this harvest season “Settling the Unsettled: Decolonizing Ghost Lore”.
WEEK 1 (Oct. 3 & 4):
Latinx & Asian American Ghost Lore
WEEK 2 (Oct. 10 & 11):
“Disability, Cemeteries, & Ghost Tourism”
WEEK 3 (Oct. 17 & 18):
Kiss of Death: Contagion, Contamination and Folklore by Dr. Andrea Kitta
WEEK 4 (Oct. 24 & 25):
Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and the Lived Memory Among Gullah / Geechee Women by LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant
WEEK 5 (Oct. 30 & 31):
West Virginia Ghost Tales
#RadDeathReads meets virtually through Zoom at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 5 PM GMT every Saturday and Sunday in Oct for ~1.5 hours each day to discuss the selected material(s), host guest speakers, exchange ideas, and share related information in a private online space.
What do you get as a #RadDeathReads member?
Access to featured and bonus reading/viewing materials (ie: supplemental excerpts, PDFs, private links, etc.)
Private virtual Zoom meetings with other club members, conducted by a CRDS moderator
Q&As / Interviews with guest speakers
“Rad Death Goodie Bag”: Access to a living document packed with specially selected materials digging deeper into global death folklore.
Access to a private closed-circuit Facebook group where members can get updates on the monthly event, pose & answer questions, converse with other club members & CRDS leaders, and share related links to the monthly material.
Let’s Read Death Radically!
This book club is solely put together by CRDS members’ volunteer work without any sponsorship or reimbursement. The small fee is to cover our administrative costs and the huge amount of time and resources that go into this project. Please note, we are therefore unable to refund you if you are unable to attend or miss a meeting.
Click below to see past #RadDeathRead programs & recorded discussions.