Summer School 2020 : The Violence of Traditions and the Traditions of Violence
The 10th Folklore Fellows’ Summer School will be hosted by the School of Humanities at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), in Joensuu, Finland, on 17–23 August 2020. The summer school focuses on a topical and essentially important field of research in folklore study: the violence of traditions and the traditions of violence.
Violence is not a new topic in folklore studies. Just think of ethnocentric folklore, racist and sexist jokes, the brutality of many folktales, the verbal lore of street gangs, heroic narratives and commemorations of war, victim stories of domestic and other forms of abuse, honour killings and other forms of honour violence, female genital mutilations, theatrical and/or ritual blackface presentations, (often cruel) sports involving animals, cultural appropriation and neo-colonialism in general, cultural ideas concerning sexual harassment and other forms of gendered violence.
In recent years, the violence of culture and the culture of violence has become a widely studied and hotly debated issue. The organizers of the Folklore Fellows’ Summer School 2020 think that folklorists must contribute to these debates and studies, for example, by examining the heritage aspects of violent folklore and the folklore of violence.The teachers
The Folklore Fellows’ Summer School 2020 will provide the participants with an inspirational forum for learning and critical discussion on the violence of traditions and the traditions of violence. The teachers and keynote speakers include Regina Bendix, Charles Briggs, Terry Gunnell, Valdimar Hafstein, Peter Jan Margry, Stein R. Mathisen, Sadhana Naithani and Nona Shahnazarian. In addition, a number of Finnish scholars join them in four different thematic workhops.
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