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2015 Folklore Fellows' Summer School: Doing Folkloristics in the Digital Age
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6/11/2015 to 6/18/2015
When: 6/11/2015
Where: University of Turku
Contact: Pekka Hakamies

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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 folkloristics perspective.

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 Literature Society.

 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 websiteParticipants will be selected on the basis of their application, and applicants will be informed of their acceptance by November 30, 2014.

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