The next Folkore Fellows’ Summer School will take place at
Turku University’s research station on the island of Seili, June 11-18, 2015.
The theme of the international summer school, the ninth to be organized in
Finland, is investigation of the Internet and digital culture from a
What form are the objects of folkloristic research and the
questions it poses adopting in a digital age? How have cultural and social
changes affected folkloristic methodology, and especially the questions that
folklore seeks to pose? What are the objects of folkloristic research like in the
context of the Internet, where social and professional boundaries are weak?
What identities are built up on the Internet? What facilities does
folkloristics have recourse to, when everyday communication has shifted from
the oral to the digital? How does folklore arising digitally fit in with our
earlier conceptions of cultural tradition and its protection? What means are archives
and other storage centers for memorabilia to use to carry out their recording
and cataloguing work on the Internet?
The keynote speakers include Anneli Baran, Trevor J.
Blank, Lauri Harvilahti, Robert Glenn Howard, Timothy Lloyd, Lynne S. McNeill,
and Jaakko Suominen.
The Program consists of five themes:
- Online communities and creativity
- Authorship and popular culture
- New heritage and curation
- The Internet as a field for folkloristics
- Digital archives, interoperability and common practices
Each theme will occupy one day, with two plenum lectures and participants’ introductions and discussions.
The summer school is targeted primarily to doctoral
students, but postdocs and other researchers are also welcome to attend. The
participant quota for the summer school is 20; there will be 10 tutors in all.
The language of the summer school is English.
The participation fee is 500 euros, which covers tuition,
accommodation and full board for the period of the school, as well as journeys
between Turku city and the Seili research station. Unfortunately Folklore
Fellows cannot subsidize fees, and therefore encourages applicants to seek out
other sources of funding and will provide letters of recommendation for those
accepted to the summer school.
The Folklore Fellows Summer School is arranged in collaboration
with the departments of folkloristics at the University of Turku, University of
Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland and Åbo Akademi, and the Finnish
The school will open for applications from June 2 to September 30, 2014. All applications are to be sent online; guidelines for the applications and the application form are available on the Folklore Fellows website. Participants will be selected on the basis of their application, and applicants will be informed of their acceptance by November 30, 2014.