Winter School of International Folkloristics and Indigenous Culture "Tradition, Creativity and Indigenous Knowledge" January 12-19, 2014
Tradition, Creativity and Indigenous Knowledge: Winter School of International Folkloristics and Indigenous Culture, January 12-19, 2014
International Winter School organised by the Centre for Tribal Folklore, Language and Literature (Central University of Jharkhand, India) and Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore (University of Tartu, Estonia) in co-operation with the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT).
Contemporary approaches conceptualise folklore as a vernacular expressive practice embedded in social, communicative and political contexts. Whereas earlier scholarship emphasised the stability of folklore as a static and conservative body of knowledge, current research focuses on variation, change and creativity. However, even though synchronic approaches tend to dominate in international folkloristics, tradition has remained one of the key-concepts of the discipline, referring to the historical dimension of folklore and the cultural process of 'creating future out of the past' (H. Glassie). The creation and preservation of traditions is seen as an integral part of the everyday life of individuals, local communities and informal networks as well as states and various institutions.
The Winter School at the Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, brings together doctoral students, junior and senior scholars from different countries to discuss the relationship between tradition and creativity, stability and change in folklore past and present. Since the meeting will be held in a region that abounds with indigenous peoples of India, special attention will be paid to the indigenous peoples of the world and their traditional knowledge expressed in worldviews, belief systems, poetic and narrative genres, arts and practices of everyday life.
The programme of the Winter School features key-note lectures accompanied by seminars, field visits to the villages of indigenous peoples of Jharkhand and an academic symposium "Tradition, Creativity and Worldview: Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics". All participants are expected to prepare a 20-minute paper about their current research to be presented for seminar discussions. The working language of the Winter School is English. The teaching faculty will be ready to offer feedback to all presenters. The seminar discussions will be based on lectures and additional reading materials.
The international faculty of the Winter School includes Gregory D. Alles (McDaniel College, U.S.A.), Madis Arukask (University of Tartu, Estonia), Stefano Beggiora (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy), Kishore Bhattacharjee (Gauhati University, India), Carlo Cubero (Tallinn University, Estonia), Lidia Guzy (University College Cork, Ireland), Merili Metsvahi (University of Tartu, Estonia), Rabindranath Sarma (Central University of Jharkhand, India), Uwe Skoda (Aarhus University, Denmark), Ülo Valk (University of Tartu, Estonia), and William Westerman (Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York/Goucher College, Baltimore, U.S.A.).
For more information, contact us at: winterschool2014 [ät] gmail.com
Organising committee of the Winter School:
- Gregory D. Alles (McDaniel College, U.S.A.)
- Lidia Guzy (University College Cork, Ireland)
- Margaret Lyngdoh (University of Tartu, Estonia)
- Rabindranath Sarma (Central University of Jharkhand, India)
- Pihla Maria Siim (University of Tartu, Estonia)
- Uwe Skoda (Aarhus University, Denmark)
- Ülo Valk (University of Tartu, Estonia)