07-10 (Up)Roots and Leaves: The UK Folklore Society and Folkloristics in Britain

Saturday, November 04, 8:30 am–10:00 am
Galleria I

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Tina Paphitis (University of Oslo) and Ceri Houlbrook (University of Hertfordshire)

8:30 am
The FLS in the Rest of the 20th Century - Dorson and Beyond
Paul Cowdell (University of Hertfordshire)

8:45 am
The Personal Rootlessness of a Folklorist
Tina Paphitis (University of Oslo)

9:00 am
"No Strong Market Data": The Quest for an English Folklore Studies Masters Program
Ceri Houlbrook (University of Hertfordshire)

9:15 am
Amateurs and Professionals
Matthew James Cheeseman (Folklore Society, London)

9:30 am
optional discussion time

The UK Folklore Society (FLS) played a vital role in the development of folkloristics. However, due to administrative and academic upheavals in the UK, it is currently in a state of rootlessness, impacting on the extent of its folklore work. Through a short paper session, four UK folklore scholars will explore the FLS's impact on folkloristics, from its roots to its current state, and the ecology of folkloristics in the UK more broadly. We discuss limitations and possibilities for folklore work in the UK and beyond, and raise questions about the precarity (and hopefulness) of folkloristics and folklorists.