Conference in Visby, Gotland, Sweden, 10-12 June 2015

Set against this background, we wish to gather folklorists, ethnologists and other cultural researchers to a discussion about folkloristics current contributions to today’s development of knowledge in the cultural sciences. “Why Folkloristics! has two questions as its starting point: “To what do we need folkloristics?” and “What kinds of knowledge do folklorists claim to produce?”

We welcome contributions to highlight these questions in the form of papers and sessions. We welcome papers both with focus on cultural theoretical work and on empirical studies. Thematically the papers can take inspiration from the entire folkloristic field of research.
They could for example touch upon:

  • small personal narratives
  • large narratives about the nation, Europe or the world
  • the relationship between tradition and innovation
  • cultural heritage and memory research
  • expressive forms, expressivity and performance
  • stories and narrative
  • media and mediation
  • materiality


Please submit your proposals by December 15th to
Submissions should include the name and affiliation of the participant, the paper title and an abstract (up to 300 words). Notification of acceptance will be sent shortly after.