Dr Patrick Laviolette´s (visiting scholar in Ethnology at the University of Tartu) lecture „The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Uncanny“ on Nov 25th at 16.15
Dr Patrick Laviolette (Archimedes visiting scholar in Ethnology at the University of Tartu and co-editor of the 'Anthropological Journal of European Cultures') will give a lecture The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Uncanny on Nov 25th at 16.15 (Ülikooli 16-212).
It has been 42 years since the publication of the first book in Douglas Adams' classic HHG2tG 'trilogy'. Yet in academic circles, hitching lifts from real vehicles has been largely under-studied. Nonetheless, there have been four books in as many years to explore the topic. Two of these, however, have been historical overviews from North America (Mahood 2018; Reid 2020). Another is a personal account of thumbing rides around Europe in order to visit as many countries in as short a time as possible (Ipavec 2020). As a result, my own monograph on this activity, Hitchhiking: Cultural Inroads is the first contemporary account within the social sciences to holistically examine the meaning of hitchhiking in Europe at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. Based upon a chapter from this volume, this presentation addresses some of the haunted hermeneutics of ghost narratives within hitchhiking myth and folklore. By examining a range of ethnographic and pop-culture examples from around Europe (but mainly the UK), it considers a number of poetic, political, filmic and literary themes related to the alternative modalities of experience involved in the phenomenon also known as auto-stop.
Participate via MS Teams.
Information: Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, Liilia Laaneman, liilia.laaneman [ät] ut.ee