A One-day Conference jointly hosted by the Warburg Institute and the Folklore Society
10:00am-5:30pm, Saturday, 6 May 2000
Warburg Institute (School of Advanced Study, University of London)
Woburn Square, LONDON WC1H 0AB
Folklore may be defined as the traditional aspects of vernacular culture. It encompasses much of daily life, from the supernatural to the mundane, from working practices to popular religion, from birth to death. Folklore has, therefore, the potential to offer unparalleled insights into past societies, in particular for those social groups absent or excluded from the written record. Consequently, historians working in different fields (historical anthropology, oral history, popular culture, ritual, gender and micro-history) have all made forays into folklore. Yet the bulk of this vast archive of sources remains untapped. Why this reticence? Does the use of folklore pose particular difficulties for the historian? Can folklore and history illuminate each other?
This one-day conference, jointly hosted by the Warburg Institute and the Folklore Society, aims to bring together students and scholars of history, art history, literature, anthropology and folklore, from Britain and around the world, to address these issues. Particular questions to be addressed include: have folklorists developed methodologies that would be helpful to the historian? How did people articulate their sense of identity in more oral cultures? How were their cultural norms passed down from generation to generation? How did they relate to the natural world? What was the purpose behind customary behaviour? Are folktales more than fantasies? How does traditional behaviour change over time?
Proposals for short papers (20 minutes) which explore any aspect of this topic are invited from all quarters, particularly graduate students. Proposals should include: name; contact details; a very brief c.v.; title of paper and a synopsis of not more than 500 words. They should be sent, by 5 January 2000, to Dr. David Hopkin, Department of Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow, 4 University Gardens, GLASGOW G12 8QQ: phone (44) 0141 330 2786: (or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org).
The conference will be free to all participants. The Folklore Society plans to publish a selection of the papers given in book form.
Department of Economic and Social History
University of Glasgow
4 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Phone: (44) 0141 330 2786
Fax: (44) 0141 330 4889 Email: email@example.com
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