Approaching its 90th anniversary, the Archives of Latvian Folklore (founded 1924) launches a conference to address the history of folkloristics, with a particular focus on the international nature of scholarship.
This focus suggests a range of related questions: to what extent and in what sense can folklore studies be regarded as a shared field of knowledge? Which lines of authority have held it together and what forces have led to segmentation? How have hierarchies of intellectual centres and peripheries shifted over time? Do national or regional styles of scholarly practice exist in folkloristics? What factors have contributed to regional formations of intellectual space — common political history, geography and shared research topics, traditions of intellectual cooperation? What roles have scholarly micro-spaces — archives, institutes, museums — played? The conference will encourage a debate on theoretical and methodological dissemination in folkloristics — its sources, centres of influence and routes. Keynote speakers: Pertti Anttonen, Sandra K. Dolby (Stahl), Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, Barbro Klein, Elliott Oring, Ulf Palmenfelt, and Vilmos Voigt.
The conference is organized by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia, Latvian National Centre for Culture, the Turaida Museum Reserve, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
Director, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (ILFA)
University of Latvia
Head, Archives of Latvian Folklore
Conference Secretary, Researcher
Archives of Latvian Folklore