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The Folklore Society's AGM 2015 Conference: Folklore Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
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4/17/2015 to 4/19/2015
When: 4/17/2015
Where: Sheffield University
Halifax Hall
Endcliffe Vale Rd
Sheffield S10 3ER
United Kingdom

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In Britain, as elsewhere, folklore is currently in a peculiar position. Popular interest has rarely been greater. Scholarly research and publication continue. Given its foundation in comparative methodologies, folklore is ideally placed to be at the centre of the interdisciplinary research approaches being championed across academia.

However, declining academic funding has marginalised folklore in regard both to other disciplines and to our own colleagues internationally.

This conference, therefore, seeks to address key questions within our discipline in terms of its identity and self-definition, its practices and, by extension, its future. Placing British folklore scholarship in its broader international framework, the conference seeks to identify and strengthen the reciprocal relationships that exist throughout our discipline. The conference will bring contributions by scholars working outside the British Isles and will seek to strengthen the links between British folklorists and the discipline more widely.

The conference will focus on the following:

  • The history of Folklore
  • Theoretical questions within Folklore
  • Popular and scholarly understandings of Folklore
  • Theoretical questions raised by fieldwork and other research
  • The place of British folklore scholarship in the discipline internationally, and the impact of international scholarship on the development of folklore in Britain
  • Applications of Folklore, including its place in interdisciplinary scholarship
  • Reflections on the future development of Folklore and folklore research

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