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Presidential Address and Annual General Meeting 2021

  • 12/10/2021
  • 17.30-19.30
  • 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT

Prof. Owen Davies’ Presidential Address 2021:

‘Finding the Folklore in the Annals of Psychiatry’

Before psychoanalysts delved into the realm of fairy-tales during the twentieth century, early psychiatrists had been busy analysing and diagnosing a range of folklore beliefs. They considered the belief in fairies, witches, ghosts, and devils to be archaic and intellectually redundant. In their quest to pathologize such popular beliefs in the supernatural, they turned up fascinating new data for folklore scholars today. They also reinforced problematic notions of human progress that were perpetuated by early folklorists.  

The lecture will be given at 50 Fitzroy Street but will also be online via Zoom. It will be free to members of The Folklore Society. Further details and information about booking tickets via Eventbrite will be posted here nearer the time.

The lecture will be followed by The Folklore Society Annual General Meeting 2021, for society members only. Information for the AGM and details on how to participate will be sent out to Folklore Society members nearer the time.