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International Conference of Young Folklorists 2014: The Informant in Folklore Studies
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6/5/2014 to 6/7/2014
When: 6/5/2014
Where: The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore
Contact: Lina Leparskiene or Julija Ladygiene

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Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2014



The Institute 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 researchers.


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 methodologies;
  • 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.

Practical information:

  • Please submit your abstract (max 250 words) by March 1, 2014 by e-mail: 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 accommodation costs.

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