Folklore Events and Calls for Papers
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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: Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RN
- Organised by Palace Green Library
This new temporary exhibition takes its inspiration from medieval romance, ballads, and collections of folklore compiled between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, which tell of encounters with otherworldly creatures and journeys into mysterious worlds. It presents a forgotten type of fairy tale, very different to those that we are familiar with in today’s popular culture. This free and family-friendly exhibition is supported by funding from the Leverhulme Trust.
Prof Patricia Spyer (Graduate Institute Geneva)
Dr Lambros Malafouris (Oxford University)
Schedule now available - registration open to participants from all disciplines!
Topics will range from medieval graffiti to the modern practice of leaving ‘love-locks’ on bridges; from inorganic demonology to vestimentary animation; from the magical capabilities of text and inscription to the role of food in enacting religious identity.
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 email@example.com, 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.