Devoted to the Study of Folklore and Tradition

The Folklore Society (FLS) is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children's folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore.

Next Folklore Society Event

Folklore from the Cradle to the Grave: FLS AGM conference 2017

  • 31st March — 2nd April 2017
  • 13:00—14:00
  • Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
‘A Prenuptial Blackening at Alford, Aberdeenshire, 22 July 2006’. Photo: Ian Russell

“Folklore from the Cradle to the Grave”

The Folklore Society's AGM conference 2017, jointly hosted with Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, and Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April 2017…

More events coming up:

Folklore Society News

‘New Beginnings in Folklore’, by J.D.A. Widdowson

Prof. John Widdowson's article “New Beginnings in Folklore: Towards a National Folklore Survey”, published in our journal Folklore (vol.127/3, 2016), is currently free to download here 

Non-print Media Award

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 biennial Non-Print Media Award is Rod Stradling of Musical Traditions for his 2 CD set of Sam Larner: Cruising Round Yarmouth (MTCD369-0)

Katharine Briggs Award

We are delighted to announce that this year's Katharine Briggs Award was won by Lizanne Henderson for her book Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of the Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670-1740 (Palgrave).

The runner-up was Éamonn Ó Tuathail…

The Katharine Briggs Award 2016: Short List

Of the nineteen entries this year, the judges short listed the following six books (in alphabetical order):

Lizanne Henderson, Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670–1740 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Sophia…

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

Please submit this online form if you would like us to publicise your event on our website.

19th April 2017 CfP: Digital Folk conference

One-day Digital Folk conference at the University of Sheffield, exploring the practices, cohesions or frictions that can arise when folk and traditional arts worldwide come into contact with digital technologies.
Full details on the Digital Folk website.

5th May 2017 Ritual ‘Litter’ Redressed: The heritage of contemporary deposits

  • Venue: Bayfordbury Campus, University of Hertfordshire
  • Organised by Dr Ceri Houlbrook
  • Contact: c.houlbrook@herts.ac.uk.

A one-day workshop inviting scholars, heritage specialists, and site managers to explore the material culture and heritage of contemporary ritual deposits. Proposals of papers on the material culture and heritage of any form of contemporary deposit are welcome. Please email proposed titles and abstracts of 150 words to c.houlbrook@herts.ac.uk.

9th — 10th June 2017 Folklorists are Fallible

  • Venue: Tartu, Estonia
  • Organised by Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, The University of Tartu,
  • Contact: roper@ut.ee.

Folklorists, just like anybody else, are fallible. This event aims to draw out the patterns of fallibility that folklorists show, and to explore what we might learn from this. In this light, submissions are invited within two major categories, the mistakes made by the famous researchers of the past and the mistakes we ourselves have made.
The keynote speakers will be Carl Lindahl (University of Houston) and Karina Lukin (University of Helsinki).
Abstracts to roper@ut.ee by deadline of 30th Nov.

9th — 10th June 2017, 10:00—17:00 Cinderella

  • Venue: University of Bedfordshire
  • Organised by University of Bedfordshire
  • Contact: cinderella@beds.ac.uk.

CALL FOR PAPERS
All about Cinderella: Retellings in the Cultural Imagination
CfP deadline 9 December

7th — 8th August 2017 International Conference on Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies, August 7-8, 2017, London, U

The theme of the summit “Integrating Social Sciences & Medicine for better understanding Communities & Health” aims to bring a wide audience of academics like Sociologists, Social Scientists, Medical Sociologists, Policy makers, Social Science Researchers and practitioners, students from around the world under a single roof, where they discuss the research, achievements and advancements in the field of Social Science and Medicine.

24th — 27th October 2017 C​onference on Mermaids, Maritime Folklore, and Modernit

This interdisciplinary conference addresses the prominence of the mermaid and related creatures from folklore, myth, legend, and the imagination in 19th, 20th, and 21st-Century culture.

Announcements

Concealed revealed

​The Concealed Revealed, a strand of the Inner Lives: Emotion, Identity and the Supernatural, 1300-1900 Project, is hoping to produce an extensive catalogue of concealed objects and domestic apotropaic devices, from shoes and cats to timber marks, across Britain. Dr Ceri Houlbrook, of the University of Hertfordshire, is not only seeking information about these objects but is also aiming to interview their finders; to consider how the biographies of these objects continue once the concealed has been revealed. If you have any information you'd like to share, please email Ceri on c.houlbrook@herts.ac.uk, or visit the project website on https://theconcealedrevealed.wordpress.com/

Consultation re new and additional forms of funding for The Folklore Society

Message from Robert McDowall, Vice-President: “At its meeting on 1 July 2015, the Folklore Society (“FLS”) Committee created a sub-group to examine opportunities for the generation of additional forms of revenue for the Society (other than revenue generated in partnership with Taylor & Francis). The sub-group invites FLS members and supporters to submit their suggestions and proposals, using this template. The consultation period ends on 30 September 2015. The sub-group will evaluate the feasibility of the proposals received and submit the “top 3” to the FLS Committee in December 2015 with a view to implementing the proposal(s) in 2016.”

Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

Register with the Yahoo! Talking Folklore group set up by Steve Roud.

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics

A joint publication of the University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Literary Museum, now available free online.

Black Dog Database

Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to Mark@viewfindervideo.co.uk

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) is England’s designated library and archive dedicated to English folk song and dance. Located at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, it contains an inspiring collection of books, sound, film, photographs, and special archival collections. A number of the VWML’s archival collections and other important 19th and 20th century folk collections have been digitised and are available to view via the library website. The Folklore Society's Ordish Collection is among the collections digitised in “The Full English”. The website also hosts song, dance, tune, and mummers’ play indexes, as well as the incredibly comprehensive Roud folk song and broadside indexes. Together, these create a powerful research tool providing access to England’s cultural heritage.