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Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic

Many thanks to everyone who attended our conference 15-17 April, and especially to all of our wonderful speakers. The presentations were all fascinating, discussions were fruitful, and several people came stylishly dressed for the occasion.

David Buchan Lecture 2015

Diane Goldstein’s inaugural David Buchan Lecture from November 2015 can be viewed and heard here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/public-engagement/david-buchan-lecture-2015.php

W.F.H. “Bill” Nicolaisen (1927-2016)

It is with great sadness that we report the death, on 14 February, of distinguished folklorist Professor W.F.H. “Bill” Nicolaisen. Bill was President of The Folklore Society from 1999 to 2002. He will be much missed.

The Texts of Charms, The Contexts of Charming

Dr Jonathan Roper will give a talk “The Texts of Charms, The Context of Charming” at The Royal Anthropological Institute, 30 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, Wednesday 17 February 2016, 5.30 p.m. To book, visit: https://www.therai.org.uk/events-calendar/search-events/eventdetail/372/-/rai-research-seminar-jonathan-roper

December issue of Folklore now out

Folklore Volume 126, no. 3 (December 2015): now out. Here’s a list of the contents: Presidential Lecture by Professor James Grayson Research Articles: Marcus Baynes-Rock, ‘Ethiopian Buda as Hyenas: Where the Social is More than Human’ Felicity Wood, ‘Spirits in the Marketplace: The Market as a Site of the Occult in the South and West African Supernatural and...

The Katharine Briggs Award 2015

With great pleasure, we announce that The Katharine Briggs Award 2015 was won by Richard P. Jenkins for his book Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74, published by Cork University Press. Runner up: David Atkinson and Steve Roud (eds.), Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland and North America. The Interface between Print and Oral...

The Katharine Briggs Award 2015: Shortlisted entries

The following books, in alphabetical order, have been shortlisted for this year’s Katharine Briggs Award. The judges’ decision will be announced at a wine reception and buffet supper on Wednesday 18 November following our annual Katharine Briggs Lecture starting at 6.30 p.m. at The Warburg Institute. To book, contact thefolkloresociety@gmail.com. Atkinson, David, and Steve Roud...

The Concealed Revealed

​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...