Lore and Lunch

Lore and Lunch is an online monthly reading and discussion group led by members of the Contemporary Folklore Research Centre. Everyone is welcome: You don't have to be a centre member, no formal qualifications or academic background is needed - just an open attitude and interest in folklore studies. Attendance is flexible: come to as many or as few sessions as you like, depending on what suits you, or which topics interest you most. Don't worry if you haven't had time to read everything in detail, you are still welcome to join the discussion.

Next Lore and Lunch: Thursday 23rd May, 1 - 2pm.

Please join us online when our paper for discussion will be:

Reith, S. (2008) Through the "Eye of the Skull": Memory and tradition in a travelling landscape. Cultural Analysis, Vol. 7 Memory issue., pp. 77 - 104

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2023 - Semester 2 Readings

9 March 2023: Week 1 - Introducing Folklore as a subject for study.

Houlbrook, C. (2014). The Mutability of Meaning: Contextualizing the Cumbrian Coin-Tree. Folklore, 125(1), 40–59. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43297732

5 April 2023: Week 2 - Looking at how folklore is understood and represented as a discipline, what it might mean to be a folklorist or to ‘take folklore seriously’. 

Kitta, Andrea, Lynne S. McNeill, and Trevor J. Blank (2021) " Talking Folklore: Getting Others to Take the Discipline Seriously while Remaining a Serious Folklorist." Advancing Folkloristics, p. 202. (available online via library)

4 May 2023: Week 3 - Folklore and Calendar Custom and Ritual in the modern west

Bannister, Catherine. 2022) "Making a Modern May Queen: Guiding and the Gendering of Identity." In Scouting and Guiding in Britain: The Ritual Socialisation of Young People, pp. 107-127. Cham: Springer International Publishing. (available online via library)

1 June 2023: Week 4 - Tradition as a key concept in folklore - continuity and change…

Bronner, Simon J. (2000) “The Meanings of Tradition: An Introduction.” Western Folklore, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 87–104. JSTOR, https://doi.org/10.2307/1500154.