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

Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events

  • 26th — 28th June 2015
  • 13:00—13:15
  • Exeter University, Students' Guild
photos Doc Rowe

“Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events” Conference,  26-28 June 2015, at the University of Exeter

From New Year's mummers to Xmas carol singing, wassailing to well dressing, Easter eggs to Halloween lanterns, calendar customs and seasonal…

More events coming up: Photography, Folklore and Some Confusions, Law and Crime in Legend and Tradition, Folklore and Religion in Republican Turkey: Thoughts from Çatalhöyük and the Konya Plain, Folklore and Anthropology

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Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events

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The Katharine Briggs Lecture 2014

Diane Goldstein, '“Cry, Lady, Cry!” Maternal Infanticide Narratives and the Vernacular Construction of Blame', 19 November 2014 at The Warburg Institute.

Many thanks Diane for a wonderful lecture

Newer Researchers in Folklore 20 Nov 2014

Many thanks to Diane Goldstein and all the participants in our Newer Researchers' one-day conference. Lots of new ideas were shared, contacts made and plans begun for further ventures. Let's do it again next year!

The Katharine Briggs Award 2014

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Katharine Briggs Award is David Atkinson, for his book The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts, published by OpenBook Publishers. Congratulations David.

Runners-up:…

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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8th April — 19th July 2015 Numinous

A photographic exhibition by Sara Hannant inspired by the tradition of offering votive rags at Cornwall’s Holy Wells.

10th — 12th June 2015 Why Folkloristics?

  • Venue: University of Uppsala, Visby, Sweden
  • Organised by Dept of Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology
  • Contact: Owe.Ronstrom@etnologi.uu.se.

Conference: Call for Papers deadline 15 December 2014

26th — 27th June 2015 Scottish Children’s History: Forgotten Histories, New Perspectives and J.M. Barrie

Explore the neglected story of Scottish children’s literature, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Through discussion and performance we will consider authors’ perspectives as well as didactic texts and ‘Scottishness’

26th — 27th June 2015 Forgotten Histories, New Perspectives and J.M. Barrie

Explore the neglected story of Scottish children’s literature, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Through discussion and performance we will consider authors’ perspectives as well as didactic texts and ‘Scottishness’

8th — 9th December 2015, 09:00—18:00 Second RAI History Conference, 1871-1918

Call for papers: History of the RAI 1871-1918

Send title and Abstract to admin@therai.org.uk by 15 June 2015

29th — 31st January 2016Death in Scotland

  • Venue: New College, Edinburgh
  • Organised by 2016 Death in Scotland Conference committee
  • Contact: susan.buckham@stir.ac.uk.

The 3rd Death in Scotland conference: “Death and Identity in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern: beliefs, attitudes and practices”
CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline 16 October 2015

Announcements

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 m.norman@exeter.ac.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.