RMN Newsletter (ISSN 1799-4497) is an open access bi-annual publication of Folklore Studies / Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki. It is a newsletter of the Retrospective Methods Network with issues appearing in December and May of each year. The newsletter is primarily oriented to constructing an informational resource and discourse space for researchers of diverse and intersecting disciplines who share common interests in the problems, strategies, values and limitations of comparative and diachronic research related to:
• investigations into the history underlying the diverse and variegated evidence of a tradition or other cultural phenomenon;
• relationships between evidence of a tradition manifested in different historical periods;
• relationships and historical processes underlying manifestations of a tradition encountered across multiple cultures;
• and the potentials and limitations of analogical comparisons between living traditions or traditions subject to extensive documentation in the 19th and 20th centuries and the traditions of earlier historical periods for which evidence is extremely limited.
These interests are not bound to any one discipline, and the increasing movement toward interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study and research projects makes it important to have a multidisciplinary informational resource. The orientation of the newsletter is therefore not the publication of research articles. It is instead oriented toward information about events, people, activities, developments and technologies, and research which is ongoing or has been recently completed – and we invite you to participate in this process by submitting abstracts of your own relevant presentations and publications to include as announcements and reports so that other scholars with similar interests can be made aware and remain up to date on what you are doing. Rather than an index, the electronic publication of RMN Newsletter is formatted to be searchable, so that you will be able to find other scholars doing work in the areas of your interests by using the relevant key words. The newsletter also constructs a venue in which scholars can engage in discussion rather than constraining contributions to the conclusions of research (which we present in abstracts, summaries and announcements for rapid survey, directing the reader to the full publication).
RMN Newsletter welcomes and promotes its readership to engage in the discourse space which it offers. We also promote an awareness that your contribution to the voices presented here and engagement with them will support, maintain and also shape this emergent discourse space, so please visit us at http://www.helsinki.fi/folkloristiikka/English/RMN/index.htm where you will find more information on how to contribute.
The emerging generation of scholars is extremely important across our diverse disciplines and it is important for us to both be aware of that generation and open contact with it. RMN Newsletter therefore has sections devoted to summaries of ongoing or recently completed doctoral dissertation and master thesis research, and we would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this information to your relevant students: every publication is significant on a young researcher’s CV, and we welcome the opportunity to be a place of first publication.
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