CFP: The Materiality of Folklore and Traditional Practices

As part of the upcoming Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference (TAG@UCL-IOA) Dr Katy Soar and myself are organising a session The Materiality of Folkore and Traditional Practices

Mummers Play, Wantage, Berkshire 2015. (C) David Petts

Traditional ritual practices, happening outside or beyond more canonical or formal belief systems can take oral and material forms. Indeed, often such practices are characterised by a blending of the tangible and intangible, drawing on multisensory engagement with cultural and natural objects, place, songs, poems, dance and prayer. This session aims to explore how such traditions are expressed materially. Drawing on conceptual and theoretical developments within folklore, archaeology, ethnography and anthropology, such as the notion of structured deposition, bricolage, relational/assemblage approaches, feminist and queer perspectives, this session will explore the materiality and physicality of folklore, traditional and customary practices in Europe and beyond.

TAG@UCL-IoA will be held between Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 December 2019.

If you would like to offer a paper please contact the organisers

Published by David Petts

Assc. Prof Archaeology, Durham University - landscapes - old music/books - folk traditions - early med Britain - community heritage - post-medieval - views own @davidpetts1 outlandish-knight.blogspot.co.uk

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