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Tenth International Conference of Young Folklorists
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9/23/2020 to 9/25/2020
When: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Where: University of Tartu
Tartu, Estonia 
Contact: Anastasiya Fiadotava

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The International Conference of Young Folklorists will be held on September 23–25, 2020 at the University of Tartu in Estonia. The plenary speakers will be Mirjam Mencej, Professor of Folklore Studies and Comparative Mythology of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Elliott Oring, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology of California State University in Los Angeles, California. 


The topic of the 2020 conference, “Lore Makers, Law Breakers: Tradition, Change, and People,” stresses the dynamic and ever-present role of folklore and tradition in shaping everyday culture. Rules and patterns, whether seen or unseen, organize the social world and thus have been the focus of academic analysis since the beginning of the systematic collection and study of folklore. However, the breaking of traditions constitutes an organic counterpart to these continuities, one that challenges and renews social bonds, brings unseen viewpoints to light, and allows us to see the category of tradition itself differently (not least as an analytic category).

Deadline for call for papers is April 1, 2020. See the AFS Review for more information.

All inquiries can be directed to Anastasiya Fiadotava, conference secretary, at

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