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CFP: SIEF: "Laography and Lexicography, or Finding Folklore in Dictionaries
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1/16/2013 at 4:54:37 PM GMT
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CFP: SIEF: "Laography and Lexicography, or Finding Folklore in Dictionaries

The 11th international SIEF congress will take place in Tartu, Estonia, 30th June to 4th July 2013.

We aim to gather 500 ethnologists, folklorists, anthropologists and others interested in European culture for four exciting days of keynotes, parallel panels, ethnographic films, book fair and a congress banquet.

The Call for papers is open and will *close on 18th January 2013.

We would like to bring your attention the following SIEF 2013 panel and invite submissions for papers.

P07: Laography and Lexicography, or Finding Folklore in Dictionaries

One of the many consequences of the interaction of philology and the study of folklore especially in the long nineteenth century is that dictionaries are often are repositories of folkloric data. Examples range from Feilberg in Jutland and Dahl in Russia, to Wright in England and Halbertsma in Friesland, not forgetting the Brothers Grimm themselves. And the data they contain ranges from minor verbal genres, such as phrases, riddles and charms, to descriptions of ritual, folk life and ethnographic objects. But the overlap between laography and lexicography, between folklore and dictionaries, is not exclusively located in such 'classical' dictionaries, many humble regional glossaries also are freighted with local knowledge, at the same time as they walk the interesting ideological line between region and nation in this age of nationalism. Similarly, judicious use of historical dictionaries, such as the Middle English Dictionary or the Grimms' own Deutsches Wörterbuch, can also add to our understanding, or provide antedatings. This panel is meant for the discussion of the phenomenon of dictionaries as a source of folkloric data as a whole in a comparative light and to assess the usefulness of the data to be found in dictionaries. It will include discussion of how the composite, cannibalized nature of many such dictionaries affects the data they contain, and how we might identify the individuals (or types of individuals) the data was known to, and to suggest routes for future research.

All proposals must be made via the bespoke on-line facility that SIEF is using to handle all proposals. Proposals should not be sent by email.

Please follow the link on the panel website:

Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of less than 300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. The proposal may also state the audio-visual requirements you have for your presentation.


Jonathan Roper (University of Tartu)

William Pooley (University of Oxford)

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