Folklore Events and Calls for Papers
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The journal’s aim is to draw together all academics who share an interest in festivities, including but not limited to holiday celebrations, family rituals, carnivals, religious feasts, processions and parades, and civic commemorations. For its first issue, the journal will look at festive studies as an emerging academic sub-field since the late 1960s and seeks submissions that consider some of the methods and theories that scholars have relied on to apprehend festive practices across the world.
There are numerous events arranged around the country to aid the crowdfunding of TALES OF BRITAIN, a new 21st century roadmap of British tales, with 77 stories, and tourist guides to each location, published by Unbound. Visit the website for more info, and join the campaign!
- Venue: Bateman’s, Burwash, TN19 7DS
- Organised by The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy
An exhibition of Arthur Rackham’s iconic illustrations of Rudyard Kipling’s Puck of Pook’s Hill, set in Bateman’s house and gardens, plus other works by Rackham inspired by Sussex, with research-led responses to them by modern artist Emma Martin.
For information about admission charges and opening times, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/batemans.
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.
- Venue: Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA44BD, UK. Telephone: +44 (0)1984 618 274.
- Organised by Halsway Manor, and Tom and Barbara Brown
Exploring Folklore: for anybody who wants to explore or learn more in the field of folklore. From calendar customs to black dogs, rites of passage to foodways, folklore to fakelore. With collectors old and new, mummers, hobby horses, and the Folkore Society. Talks, hands-on sessions, films, exhibitions, entertainment, question sessions and discussion. Come and join in!
The weekend features Doc Rowe’s collection including his presentation ‘Blood, Booze and Bedlam’
27th October 2017, 19:00—20:00Legends of the Rhymney Valley - Lewis Lore.
- Venue: Lewis School Pengam gilfach Bargoed CF818LJ
- Organised by Mike Oliver
Some legends of the Rhymney Valley originally written in Welsh by pupils at the school during 1914-1916, retold with modern themes by the pupils of Lewis School Pengam 2017.
- Venue: Chetham's Library, Manchester
- Organised by EFDSS
Between about 1580 and 1690, early modern England experienced three interrelated developments: the growth of a successful commercial popular music industry; the development of the political parties; and a substantial increase in the per capita consumption of alcoholic drinks across all social classes. This talk briefly explores the unexpected effects of these changes on cultures of politics, drink and song across the whole period.
Keynotes: Prof. Patricia Spyer (Geneva) & Dr Lambros Malafouris (Oxford)
The very idea of an apotropaic object stands at the centre of theory seeking to articulate objecthood & materiary power. This event will investigate how recent developments in the study of material religion, neuroarchaeology, semiotics & phenomenology might help us better understand not only such objects themselves, but also their many guises & pervasiveness, as well as our ongoing attempts to typologise & demystify them.
- Venue: Harvard University
- Organised by Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures
The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, with support from the Committee for the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities, is proud to host “Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Healing Charms and Medicine,” an interdisciplinary conference to be held at Harvard University from April 6-8, 2018, which aims to present innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of healing charms and medicine across a wide range of cultures and geographic areas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.”
Register with the Yahoo! Talking Folklore group set up by Steve Roud.
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.