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Previous Folklore Society Events

Folklore and Philately: The Semiotics of Folklore on Postage Stamps

  • 20/04/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

An online talk for The Folklore Society by James H. Grayson (School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University). A semiotic analysis of postage stamp designs incorporating folkloric themes will explore how governments use postal imagery for political purposes. Stamps are miniature government documents, the semiotic analysis of which reveals different ways in which governments have...

The Soldier’s Tale: Military Storytelling in Revolutionary Europe

  • 06/04/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk.

An online talk for The Folklore Society, by David Hopkin (Professor of European Social History, University of Oxford) Soldiers’ storytelling inculcated military values. Recorded by folklorists, their tales influenced literary developments in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Oral storytelling is often associated with ‘Mother Goose’ figures, elderly and female, but when folktale collecting started in the aftermath of...

Animating the Life and Times of a Witch Bottle

  • 23/03/21
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Exploring the imagined life story of a seventeenth-century witch bottle through animation. An online talk for The Folklore Society. In the summer of 2020 Nigel Jeffries (Museum of London Archaeology), Owen Davies (President of the Folklore Society), and animator Laura-Beth Cowley (University of the West of England) teamed up to explore the imagined life story...

Traditions of Death and Burial, by Helen Frisby

  • 09/03/2021
  • 18:00--19:30
  • Online talk

Traditions of Death and Burial: Exploring English death and burial customs from the medieval era to the present day. an online talk by Dr Helen Frisby Tuesday 9 March 2021 18:00–19:30 GMT Death has been a source of grief and uncertainty for humanity throughout history, but it has also been the inspiration for a plethora...

The Katharine Briggs Lecture and Book Award

  • Tuesday 23 February 2021
  • 17:00
  • online lecture

The Katharine Briggs Lecture, which was postponed from November 2020, will take place as an online lecture via Zoom on Tuesday 23 February 2021 from 17:00. The lecture will be given by Dr Juliette Wood (University of Cardiff): ‘“I Cannot Find the Hanged Man”: Tarot Cards in Fantastic Fiction’. This will be followed by the...