deadline: March 1, 2014
of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore in Vilnius, Lithuania;
Department of Estonian
and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
Tradition is the key
concept in folkloristics. We are happy to be the immediate creators, bearers
and transmitters of a very important tradition -- organizing the annual
conferences in Vilnius and Tartu, to which we invite all young folklore
The main goals of the
International Conferences of the Young Folklorists are:
- Bringing together
students and young researchers of folklore from different countries and
continents to present and compare different ways in folklore research.
- Fostering academic communication
between young folklorists.
- Encouraging young
scholars to raise and tackle theoretical research questions and discuss them.
There are many questions
that concern young scholars and ignite discussion, prompting to rethink,
analyze or contemplate the concepts which are essential in folkloristics.
Nothing is self-contained in the humanities, although we persist in seeking the
truth, the system and the explanation of the immense human world. Definition is
only one manifestation of the scientific work, while the breathing and the
"real" work begins with the questions. This time we invite our young
colleagues to the laboratory of folklore focusing on the primary source in our
discipline: who is the informant in folklore studies?
The conference consists
of two main parts. One part is the usual paper presentations followed by
discussion; and another part is topic-related workshops. Thus we invite you to
submit your abstract on one of the topics below; however, different
interpretations of the theme are very welcome:
- Extending the definition:
traditional informant vs. modern one;
- Phenomenological approach
to the source of folklore;
- Genre-based interviewing
- Balance between
scientific and subjective approach to the informant;
- Methodological strategies
in choosing/finding the informant;
- Time, space and other
parameters in personal narrative;
- (In) sanity and
marginalities within certain culture/locality/community;
- Making the dialog:
essential conditions and possible outcomes.
- Please submit your
abstract (max 250 words) by March 1, 2014 by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name, affiliation, position and e-mail address.
- You will be notified by
the organizers regarding the acceptance of your proposal by April 1, 2014.
- The organizers reserve
the right to decide which papers are going to be presented during the
conference sessions, and which at the workshops.
- We welcome initiative from
both young and senior scholars to give the keynote talks or lead the workshops.
- The working language of
the conference is English. Each paper will be given 20 minutes for presentation
and 10 minutes for discussion.
- The conference program
will include sessions, workshops, keynote talks, excursions, etc.
There is no registration
fee but we kindly ask the participants to cover their own travel and