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The Archives of Latvian Folklore, Institute
of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia, invites submissions of
abstracts for the International Conference "Mapping Disciplinary History:
Centers, Borderlands and Shared Spaces in Folkloristic Thought" to be held
in Riga on October 20-24, 2014.
Approaching its 90th anniversary, the
Archives of Latvian Folklore (founded 1924) is organizing this conference to
address the history of folkloristics, with a particular focus on the
international nature of scholarship.
This focus suggests a range of related
questions. To what extent and in what sense can folklore studies be regarded as
a shared field of knowledge? Which lines of authority have held it together and
what forces have led to segmentation? How have hierarchies of intellectual
centers and peripheries shifted over time? Do national or regional styles of
scholarly practice exist in folkloristics? What factors have contributed to
regional formations of intellectual space - common political history, geography
and shared research topics, traditions of intellectual cooperation? What roles
have scholarly micro-spaces - archives, institutes, museums - played?
By foregrounding 'geographies of knowledge'
(Peter Burke), we also encourage a debate on theoretical and methodological
dissemination in folkloristics - its sources, centers of influence and routes.
With the concept of 'travelling theory' (Edward Said) as a reference point, we
propose to reflect upon relevant histories of border-crossing, dialogue, and
transfer within and across the discipline, including strategies and outcomes of
knowledge transmission (borrowing, adaptating, translating) and the attitudes
and conditions that prompt acceptance or resistance. The organizers welcome attention
to individual personalities, to the politics and economics of scholarship, and
to forms of communication, (e.g., conferences and symposiums) as meaningful
contexts for discussing the dynamics of theory and method in folklore studies.
Scholars in folklore and adjacent fields,
interested in various aspects of the history of the discipline, are invited to
propose relevant papers based on their research.
Please submit your proposals by February 28,
Submissions should include the name and affiliation of the participant, the
paper title and an abstract (up to 300 words). Notification of acceptance will
be sent shortly after March 15. Online registration for the conference starts
in April. Updates are available at: www.lulfmi.lv.
Conference fees (covering conference
materials as well as meals and refreshments):
Early registration (by May 30)
registration fee: EUR 120
Student fee: EUR 80
Full registration fee: EUR 150
Student fee: EUR 100