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Mapping the History of Folklore Studies

Centres, Borderlands and Shared Spaces

Editor(s): Dace Bula, Sandis Laime
Contributors: Lina Būgienė, Susanne Ziegler, Vilmos Voigt, Anita Vaivade, Svetlana Tsonkova, Rita Treija, Svenja Reinke-Borsdorf,

Book Description

This collection of articles provides rich and diverse insights into the historical dynamics of folkloristic thought with its shifting geographies, shared spaces, centres and borderlands. By focusing on intellectual collaboration and sharing, the volume also reveals the limitations, barriers and boundaries inherent in scholarship and scholarly communities. Folklore scholars from Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, and the USA reflect upon a range of related questions, including: 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 the hierarchies of intellectual centres and peripheries shifted over time? Do national or regional styles of scholarly practice exist in folkloristics? The contributors here pay attention to individual personalities, the politics and economics of scholarship, and forms of communication as meaningful contexts for discussing the dynamics of folklore theory and methods.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7290-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7290-3
Date of Publication: 01/05/2017
Pages / Size: 390 / A5
Price: £64.99


Dace Bula, Dr philol, is a folklorist and the Director of the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia. Her research interests include history and theory of folklore studies, folklore and nationalism, nostalgia, local identity and eco-narratives. She has published two monographs (in Latvian): The Nation of Singers: Folklore and National Ideology (2000) and Contemporary Folkloristics: Paradigm Shift (2011).

Sandis Laime, Dr philol, is a folklorist and a Researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia. His main research topics are Latvian folk religion and witchcraft beliefs, place-related narratives and the Latvian diaspora in Siberia. His publications include the monographs (in Latvian): The Sacred Underworld: Cave Folklore in Latvia (2009), Witches in Latvian Folk Belief: Night Witches (2013) and Svētupe Livs’ Offering Cave (2016).