The Folklore Society (FLS) is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children's folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore.
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…
Many thanks to Diane Goldstein and all the participants in our Newer Researchers' one-day conference. Lots of new ideas were shared, contacts made and plans begun for further ventures. Let's do it again next year!
Once there lived a man who could not stop eating, a woman doomed to cook his meals and one ‘inveesible child’... This dark, original story lies somewhere between a Grimms’ Tale and a parents’ guide on how not how bring up children.
Share the latest research in historical dance from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, focussing primarily on practice. Workshops, papers and lecture-demonstrations exploring new material from sources and fresh insights into performance.
A two-day international conference (24th-25th April) and postgraduate/ECR workshop (23rd April) exploring the intercultural role of fairy tales, folk tales and fantasy literature. More details and call for papers (deadline 31st Jan) at the link.
Primarily aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers; other scholars and the general public welcome. Keynotes by Prof. Diane Purkiss, Prof. John Vernon Lord, and Dr Steve O’Brien. The day will close with storytelling performances.
A one-day PGR symposium on May 23 discussing Wonderland, wonder lands, and all manner of reading, writing, and telling fairy tales and fantasy literature. Open to the public to attend with ticket purchase. Call for papers deadline is January 31st.
A joint publication of the University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Literary Museum, now available free online.
Black Dog Database
Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS)
EFDSS has become one of Arts Council England's Regularly Funded Organisations to receive £400,000 of funding over two years. The funding will enable EFDSS to become a national development agency for folk music and set up a number of exciting new initiatives that will benefit the folk sector. For further information, please contact EFDSS Marketing Director, Sophia Linehan.