Working Life: Belief, Custom, Ritual, Narrative

  • 27th — 29th April 2018
  • 14:00—14:00
  • Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 6 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX

Working Life: Belief, Custom, Ritual, Narrative

Folklore Society Conference Friday 27 April to Sunday 29 April 2018 at The Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Folklore Society's April conference 2018 will take place at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 6 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX

Submissions are invited for papers that explore a range of themes, customs, narratives, traditions and beliefs relating to the working life. Proposals of 100-150 words, for presentations of 20 minutes, should be emailed by 7 January 2018 to: thefolkloresociety@gmail.com and copied to enquiries@folklore-society.com. Please include a brief biographical note, including contact details.

Contributions are invited from scholars across the fields of folklore studies, anthropology, cultural studies, ethnology and other related disciplines.

Both members and non-members of The Folklore Society are warmly encouraged to offer papers at this conference.

Themes for discussion might include, but are not limited to:

·       Calendar festivals and working life

·       Working life and the narrative tradition

·       Work songs and occupational identities in ballads and popular poetry

·       Special practices at work – rites of conclusion, taboo expressions

·       Apprenticeship and initiation rituals, trade processions and myths of origin

·       Traditional humour about trades and professions

·       Informal rules of work, office jokes and sanctioned perks

·       The use of custom, omens, mascots and other lore as a bargaining tool with employers

·       Themes from work in folk art, murals and vernacular architecture

 

CfP deadline: 7 January 2018