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Folklore Now! Newer Researchers Day 2023

  • 25/05/2023
  • Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic, 65 Halifax St, Todmorden, OL14 5BB, UK

Newer Researchers’ Day 2023: Folklore Now!

Sponsored by The Folklore Society, The Elphinstone Institute, and the University of Hertfordshire

Thursday 25 May 2023, from 10am to 4pm

Centre for Folklore, Myth, and Magic in Todmorden, Yorkshire

The Newer Researchers Day brings together researchers from all disciplines with an interest in folklore research. It is a workshop intended to celebrate, share, and develop skills in the innovative ways in which many researchers are approaching the subject of the folklore of now.

Experts will run informative and interactive sessions on material culture of folklore, folklorists in the field, child-lore, and more.

The Folklore Society and the Elphinstone Institute, wishing to promote the development of a new generation of scholars, have been hosting the biennial Newer Researchers in Folklore Day since 2014. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire, and will take place at the Centre for Folklore, Myth, and Magic in Todmorden, Yorkshire: https://www.folkloremythmagic.com/

During the event, we aim to provide an informal space to share experiences, achievements, and strategies in overcoming challenges in researching contemporary folklore; explore potential collaborations between newer researchers; and consider what different disciplines can bring to Folklore Studies and vice versa.


10-10:20 – Introductions

10:20 – Claire Slack: Interpreting Folklore

10:40-12 – Ceri Houlbrook: Folklore in Fifty-(ish) Objects

12-1 – Lunch (vegetarian food will be provided)

1-2 – Julia Bishop: ‘Playing in a Pandemic’ Workshop: Digital Folklore Methods in Crisis Times

2-3:30 – Lucy Wright: Folklore in Action: DIY ethnography workshop

3:30-4 – Queer Folk

Some requests:

Please bring a device for note-taking and for accessing the internet (a tablet, laptop, or phone). If you don’t have access to a device that can access the internet, please let us know.

As one of the workshops offers the opportunity to conduct some ethnographic fieldwork outside, please prepare for all weather (sun lotion, waterproofs, umbrella – this is Yorkshire, after all)

Please bring an object with you that you consider to be an object of folklore (this can be anything from a lucky charm to an example of folk craft), to share with the rest of the group (don’t worry, you’ll be taking it home with you again)

And finally, please email Ceri Houlbrook (c.houlbrook@herts.ac.uk) with one interesting/random/funny fact about one of your folkloric interests, past experiences, future hopes, or expertise. This must be something you’re comfortable sharing with everyone.

Accessibility: There is one step into the building and a fold-up ramp if requested. Once inside, the event venue will be on one level with an accessible toilet. There is no venue car park, but on-street parking close by and an all-day pay-and-display car park 0.2 miles away. Private space can be made available for breastfeeding and prayer. If you have any accessibility needs or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on c.houlbrook@herts.ac.uk. We want to make this event as accessible as possible.

This is a free workshop, but if you are able to make a donation to the Folklore Society, that would be greatly appreciated.


Registration is via Eventbrite: book your free tickets here (you can also opt for a ‘free admission with donation’ ticket if you’d like to make a donation to The Folklore Society): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/newer-researchers-day-2023-folklore-now-tickets-562471937707