Folklore Fellows’ Summer School Keynotes Available for Public Viewing

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Keynote presentations from the 10th international Folklore Fellows’ Summer School are available for public registration and viewing. The presentations will take place June 7–11. Daily keynote lectures given by international and Finnish specialists on folklore and cultural studies of violence are open to all interested. The summer school is hosted by the School of Humanities at the University of Eastern Finland. Accordingly, all times listed below correspond with the presentation time in Finland; please adjust to your own time zone appropriately.

Theme: The Violence of Traditions and the Traditions of Violence

June 7 at 2 pm: #KalevalaToo. Heritage, Harassment and the Epic Heroine

Niina Hämäläinen (Executive Director, the Kalevala Society, Helsinki, Finland)

Lotte Tarkka (Professor of Folklore Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland)

June 7 at 8 pm: When Violence Moves across Species

Charles L. Briggs (Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, USA) 

June 8 at 2 pm: Wildly Ours 3.0: Tradition, Violence, Animals and Human

Sadhana Naithani (Professor, Centre of German Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

June 8 at 8 pm: Northern Colonialities and Violences from a Narrative Perspective

Stein R. Mathisen (Professor, Department of Tourism and Northern Studies. UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

June 9 at 2 pm: The Violence of the Mask: From Greek Tragedy to the Avatar

Terry Gunnell (Professor in Folkloristics, University of Iceland, Reykjavik) 

June 9 at 8 pm: The Briefest of Wars and Its Long Aftermath: 1967 through the Prism of Personal Narrative

Regina Bendix (Professor of European Ethnology, Institute for Cultural Anthropology / European Ethnology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)

June 10 at 2 pm: Wrestling with Tradition: Masculinity, Modernity, and Heritage in Icelandic Glíma Wrestling

Valdimar Hafstein (Professor of Folkloristics/Ethnology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik)

June 10 at 8 pm: More Than a Game: Seasonal Handball in Scotland

Neill Martin (Senior Lecturer, Head of Department, Celtic and Scottish Studies / Director, European Ethnological Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

June 11 at 2 pm: Ethnic Violence and Rescue Stories: Case-Studies from Post-Communist Hate Speech and Armed Conflicts

Nona Shahnazarian (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia) 

The link to participation will be sent to all registered by email. More information will be updated on the Folklore Fellows web site:

For further information, please contact Professor Pertti Anttonen ([email protected]) or course secretary Sonja Mutanen ([email protected]).

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