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FEECA 2020 – Connection, Creativity, Community: Insider-Outsider Perspectives

  • Start date: 3rd Jul 2020
  • End date: 5th Jul 2020
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Organiser: Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, co-sponsored by The Folklore Society
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Do you call yourself an ethnologist, a folklorist, an ethnomusicologist, a community activist, or anything
in between? Do you work in a university, a cultural organisation, or in the third/non-profit sector?

This conference aims to create a space to explore the purposes of this kind of work. Often the role combines
academic research and community-based, socially engaged practice. How do we navigate between these
different worlds?

What is the significance of our work? Is it to contribute to new knowledge, or to make a difference to the
lives of the people we work alongside? Is this a dichotomy, or is there a more nuanced way to look at the
interplay between academia, communities, and activism?

This year’s keynote speaker and mentor is Dr Mairi McFadyen, who describes herself as ‘an independent creative freelancer, who engages with themes connecting culture, heritage, creative expression, land, ecology, poetics, politics, activism and hopeful futures’.

FEECA was founded in 2014 to answer the need for an academic forum for postgraduate research students and early-career researchers and to strengthen relations between relevant scholars and institutions in the UK and elsewhere. The plenary format allows everyone to present their research to the whole group, and a maximum of 30 participants creates a sense of community among participants, opportunities for networking, and space for conversations.