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

Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic

  • 15th — 17th April 2016
  • Kingston University, KT1 2QJ
Wikimedia Commons

Papers will explore such themes as: urban Gothic, commodity Gothic, screen Gothic, Gothic hauntology and Gothic parody, & many traditions influenced by folk narrative or other folklore genres. Screaming skulls or steampunk, walled-up nuns or…

More events coming up:

Folklore Society News

The Texts of Charms, The Contexts of Charming

Dr Jonathan Roper will give a talk “The Texts of Charms, The Context of Charming” at The Royal Anthropological Institute, 30 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, Wednesday 17 February 2016, 5.30 p.m.

To book,…

December issue of Folklore now out

Folklore Volume 126, no. 3 (December 2015): now out. Here's a list of the contents:

Presidential Lecture by Professor James Grayson

Research Articles:

Marcus Baynes-Rock, ‘Ethiopian Buda as Hyenas: Where the Social is More than…

The Katharine Briggs Award 2015

With great pleasure, we announce that The Katharine Briggs Award 2015 was won by Richard P. Jenkins for his book Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74, published by Cork University…

The Katharine Briggs Award 2015: Shortlisted entries

The following books, in alphabetical order, have been shortlisted for this year's Katharine Briggs Award. The judges' decision will be announced at a wine reception and buffet supper on Wednesday 18 November following our annual Katharine…

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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

19th March 2016 Haunted Scholars: The Ghost Stories of M.R. James

A one-day conference on the fiction of M.R. James. Confirmed Keynotes: Ramsey Campbell (Author), Jacqueline Simpson (Folklorist), Andrew Smith (University of Sheffield).

2nd April 2016 Hidden Charms

A conference exploring magical protection of buildings. Tickets £30 in advance (£35 on door). To book, visit http://www.apotropaios.co.uk/conference.html or email brianhoggard@ymail.com

6th — 8th May 2016, 09:00—17:00Charms, Charmers and Charmers: Innovation and Tradition

  • Venue: University of Cork
  • Organised by International Committee for Charms, Charmers and Charming
  • Contact: corkcharms@gmail.com.

The 9th Conference of the International Committee for Charms, Charmers and Charming. Call for Papers. Deadline 31 October 2015. More details from corkcharms@gmail.com

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

The English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS)

EFDSS has become one of Arts Council England's Regularly Funded Organisations to receive £400,000 of funding over two years. The funding will enable EFDSS to become a national development agency for folk music and set up a number of exciting new initiatives that will benefit the folk sector. For further information, please contact EFDSS Marketing Director, Sophia Linehan.