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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

Digital Folklore: hybrid conference

  • 28-30 June 2024
  • online and at Kings College London

Kelvin Yan via Unsplash

Digital Folklore The Folklore Society’s Annual Conference, a hybrid conference in collaboration with the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2024 Online and at King’s College London, Strand, London WC2B 4BG, UK Digital and networked technologies offer a wealth of new modes of folklore genre, performance and transmission....

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Water in Legend and Tradition:Soundscapes and Folklore in East Asia:More events 


Folklore without Borders

Folklore Society council members Dr Matthew Cheeseman and Dr Paul Cowdell have been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to run a research network through 2024. The network aims to understand how to embed greater equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within UK folklore. It hosts an international knowledge exchange on folklore theory, method,...

Fionn Folklore Database

Announcing the recently launched Fionn Folklore Database. The hero Fionn mac Cumhaill is said to have defended Ireland and Scotland from foreign and supernatural threat during a legendary third-century Golden Age. The stories and songs about him and his warrior band, the Fianna, form the most prolific body of narrative in the Gaelic tradition, spanning...

‘Healthy Folk’: Fully-funded PhD: Applications Open for 2024

Healthy Folk – The role of vernacular knowledge in health-related decision-making. Applications are invited for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at The Open University, in partnership with The Folklore Society. This fully-funded studentship is available from October 2024. Further details about the value of an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP award are available on the...

Ethics Guidelines for Collecting Folklore

Ethical guidelines for good practice in collecting, archiving and sharing folklore material. Folklore collection originally developed and flourished at a time when research ethics, and questions about intellectual property, were given little thought. Contemporary expectations demand that folklorists (and other researchers) pay attention to such matters. With this in mind, the Folklore Society suggests the...

Courses in Folklore Studies

Here’s a selection of courses and classes on folklore studies at various different levels ranging from learning for fun to Masters and PhD. PhD in Folklore, Contemporary Legend, Film & Media, at Sheffield Hallam University PhD opportunities in folklore, contemporary legend, film & media at the Centre for Culture Media and Society (CCMS), Sheffield Hallam...

Fund-Raising for The Folklore Society

Following our move to 50 Fitzroy Street, the Society’s annual costs for office accommodation have significantly increased, so we are inviting all members and friends of The Folklore Society to support us by making donations via our Charities Aid Foundation page at CAF Donate: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/11322

Our Latest Blog Posts

May 6, 2024

Digital Folklore: hybrid conference Programme

We have a terrific line-up of speakers on the programme for our Digital Folklore hybrid conference, 28-30 June 2024, online and in-person at Kings College London, Strand, London WC2B 4BG, UK For more information, and to download the programme and booking form, please visit: https://folklore-society.com/event/digital-folklore-conference/ Programme Friday 28 June 13:00: Registration, Kings College London, Strand...

April 26, 2024

Folklore Fellows Communications on Open Access

Exciting news from Folklore Fellows Communications: ‘This is a quick note to inform you that we have launched our long-planned Open Access site for Folklore Fellows Communications volumes that are beyond the embargo period. ‘Since 2021, the publisher of the FFC series is the Kalevala Society Foundation (est. 1911), a highly esteemed institution of research...

April 26, 2024

…featuring Doc Rowe, and the Merry Month of May

The March 2024 issue of Country Living magazine has a feature on Doc Rowe’s recording and archiving of seasonal events: read a summary here, or subscribe for the whole article  Also, the May 2024 issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine has a piece on Doc’s ’60 years documenting the strange rituals of Britain’: the magazine is available in newsagents...

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Other Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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Conspiracy Theory and Culture

  • Date: 22nd Jun 2024
  • Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Conspiracy Theory states that nothing is how it is reported, that everything you know is wrong, and that sinister forces are controlling everything for their own, dark motivations. Opposing this dark pantomime are the lone hero truth-tellers, from David Icke to Donald Trump, Alex Jones to the gnomic, anonymous Q. Conspiracy culture has moved to the centre of society, bringing with ...

Mythos as MythUs: Facing and Overcoming crises through traditional narrative from antiquity to the present

  • Start date: 24th Jun 2024
  • End date: 3rd Jul 2024
  • History Museum of the University of Athens and Antiparos island

The Mythos as MythUs summer school program studies myth and popular narrative, from antiquity to the present, as being humanity’s voice, long-shared, with which to respond to harsh realities; to times of crisis; and to distress that impacts entire communities. In such times of transition and upheaval myth and narrative serve to ameliorate the inimical stereotyping, bigoted notions...

Sacred Waters: an International and Transdisciplinary Conference

  • Start date: 30th Jun 2024
  • End date: 3rd Jul 2024
  • Buxton, Derbyshire

Sacred springs and holy wells are found around the globe in Indigenous spiritual traditions and international faiths. These sites’ sacred topographies often make them nodes of Biocultural Diversity. This conference invites exchange about how these Sacred Natural Sites are understood across disciplines, and what their study can teach us for local ecosystem care and socio-ecological...

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