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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

Through the Looking Glass: What is a Doppelgänger?

  • 16/07/2024
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Image: By John Tenniell, Through the Looking-Glass, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Through the Looking Glass: What is a Doppelgänger? A Folklore Society online talk by Sophia Kingshill Tues 16 July 2024, 18:00 BST Identity is always fluid: in the digitally mediated spectrum, it can flow and alter in ways we are only beginning to examine. Online, any of us can create an avatar to perform on...

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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

July 9, 2024

Coote Lake Medal awarded to Steve Roud

Congratulations to Steve Roud, who has been awarded The Folklore Society’s Coote Lake Medal for outstanding research and scholarship. Here you can see him being presented with the medal by FLS President David Hopkin on 28th June 2024 at our Digital Folklore conference, with Caroline Oates, FLS Librarian, looking on.

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...

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Other Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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In the Cloud of Unknowing: Encounters with the UFO Phenomenon

  • Start date: 17th Jul 2024
  • End date: 18th Jul 2024
  • Mildred's Lane Projects. Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, USA.

July 17–18, 2024 | Hybrid in-person & online To be held at the arts residency Mildred’s Lane (Beach Lake, Pennsylvania) and online, the two-day conference will take place on July 17–18, 2024. This transdisciplinary symposium aims to convene art practitioners, researchers, theorists, and students interested in the broad spectra of ideas and methods emerging from disco...

Veiled Cities: Haunted Urban Realities in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

  • Start date: 26th Sep 2024
  • End date: 27th Sep 2024
  • Maison Française d’Oxford

Veiled Cities Haunted Urban Realities in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries A two-day international conference at the Maison Française d’Oxford, 26-27 September 2024 Organisers: Prof David Hopkin (University of Oxford); Prof Juliet Simpson (Coventry University) This call for papers is addressed to social, cultural and art historians of urban spaces between the nine...

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Disability and Fairy Tales: ​Keeping the magic, confronting the stigma

  • Date: 30th Sep 2024
  • Online

The aim of this symposium is to explore the nuances of disability representation in fairy tales, interrogating how writers, storytellers, publishers, teachers and academics use such tales to empower disabled people and preserve the disabled characters that have survived through generations. We’re also interested in the limitations of traditional fairy tales and the ways in which r...

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