The FLS in the Rest of the 20th Century – Dorson and Beyond

Paul Cowdell (University of Hertfordshire)

From its inception, the Folklore Society provided a rallying point for the new discipline. It has continued to do so, through varying intellectual circumstances and with a wide range of participants. In the absence of a secure British academic presence, the FLS at its best has looked internationally (including to the AFS) to revive its intellectual fortunes, with Richard Dorson’s early history of the Society crucial in its re-establishment. Knowing this history becomes imperative at a period of renewed enthusiasm for folklore – what does it mean for those identifying with the FLS? What does that mean for the Society?

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