From Herder onwards, clerics were among the leading collectors of vernacular culture, and major contributors to ethnography in Europe and beyond. A roll-call of clerical folklorists would include such luminaries as Percy (England), Moe (Norway), Feilberg (Denmark), Hurt (Estonia), Hammershaimb (Faroes), Rhesa (Lithuania), Komitas Vardapet (Armenia), Halbertsma (Friesland), Cadic (Brittany), Webster (Basque country), Alcover (Catalonia), Moses Gaster (Romania and Jewish folklore) ...
The aim of this workshop is to establish what these clerical collectors had in common intellectually and institutionally. To what extent did their position in their communities influence their collecting practice? How did folklore feed into their wider pastoral concerns? The workshop also aims to uncover the relationships between them and the wider community of language scholars, folklorists and activists. Yet we also want to know why more clerics were not involved in collecting. Was there a general reluctance on the part of the classically trained to engage with the culture of the uneducated, or was there a more specific rejection of the echoes of paganism and hedonism associated with popular culture?
The workshop will take place at the University of Amsterdam, 8-10 July 2010. Those who wish to participate should send a short proposal (c. 300 words) and a short personal statement with details of institutional attachment, publications and current research (c. 150 words) to Anne Hilde van Baal at A.H.M.vanBaal@uva.nl, before 7 January 2010.
dr. Anne Hilde van Baal
SPIN - Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms
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