17 March 2015

Folklore Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Folklore Society's AGM conference, 17-19 April. Sheffield University, Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield S10 3ER

In Britain, as elsewhere, folklore is currently in a peculiar position. Popular interest has rarely been greater. Scholarly research and publication continues. Given its foundation in comparative methodologies, folklore is ideally places to be at the centre of the interdisciplinary research approaches being championed across academia. However, declining academic funding has marginalised folklore in regard both to other disciplines and to our colleagues internationally. 

The conference will be focus on the following:
The history of Folklore

Theoretical questions within Folklore

Popular and scholarly understandings of Folklore

Theoretical questions raised by fieldwork and other research

The place of British folklore scholarship in the discipline internationally, and the impact of international scholarship on the development of folklore in Britain 
Applications of Folklore, including its place in interdisciplinary scholarship

Reflections on the future development of Folklore and folklore research
The Folklore Society's AGM (FLS members only) will take place during the conference. The Presidential address by Professor James H Grayson is entitled 'Chumong and Tan'gun: The Politics of Korean Foundation Myths'. Conference registration will open from 14.30 Friday 17 April at Halifax Hall. Lunch is provided. Mid-afternoon refreshments will be provided, on the Friday. There will be a wine reception on Friday evening (everyone welcome.) This will be followed by an optional conference dinner (price £30). Saturday's proceedings will begin around 9.00 - 9.30 am. Lunch will be provided. The afternoon sessions will end at around 5.30. Saturday evening will be free to roam and enjoy Sheffield. There'll be a conference pub venue. Sunday's proceedings will begin at 10.00am. Lunch is provided, and a short afternoon session is anticipated.

Speakers include: James H. Grayson, Victoria Newton, Seana Kozar, Graham Seal, Helen Frisbym David Hopkin, WIlliam Pooley, Matthew Cheeseman, Daria Radchenko, Simon Haywood and Olimpia Gargano.

£150.00 for full 3 day conference. Concessionary rate (speakers FLS members, students, pensioners, unwaged) £110.00. Friday's conference dinner £30.00. Day rates available.

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