“No Strong Market Data”: The Quest for an English Folklore Studies Masters Program

Ceri Houlbrook (University of Hertfordshire)

Folklore’s place within English academia has often been shaky, but times are hopefully changing. In 2019, the University of Hertfordshire opened a Masters program in Folklore Studies, led by Professor Owen Davies, who was soon to begin his term as President of the Folklore Society. As a lecturer in Folklore and History, I was involved in the—often tricky—processes of putting together the only Folklore Studies Masters currently in England. This presentation outlines the challenges faced, the benefits of working with the Folklore Society, and the achievements of the Masters students as we enter our fifth year of Folklore Studies.

Part of 07-10 (Up)Roots and Leaves: The UK Folklore Society and Folkloristics in Britain, Saturday, November 04, 8:30 am–10:00 am