*Call for Papers*
CONNECTION, CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY: Insider-Outsider Perspectives
Folklore, Ethnology and Ethnomusicology Conference Aberdeen 2020 (FEECA
3–5 July 2020, Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen,
Co-sponsored by The Folklore Society
Keynote speaker and mentor: Mairi McFadyen
*Do you call yourself an ethnologist, a folklorist, an ethnomusicologist, a
community activist, or anything in between? Do you work in a university, a
cultural organisation, or in the third/non-profit sector?*
This conference aims to create a space to explore the purposes of this kind
of work. Often the role combines academic research and community-based,
socially engaged practice. How do we navigate between these different
What is the significance of our work? Is it to contribute to new knowledge,
or to make a difference to the lives of the people we work alongside? Is
this a dichotomy, or is there a more nuanced way to look at the interplay
between academia, communities, and activism?
Potential topics include but are not limited to:
· How do academia, the public realm, community groups, and
organisations overlap or interact?
· How do community development, creative projects, and academia
· How does the researcher’s role in the community influence the
university and vice-versa?
· What are the social and cultural connections and implications of
We invite applications for *20-minute presentations* engaging with these
themes and questions. Each participant will receive personalised feedback
from our mentor and keynote speaker, Mairi McFadyen.
Applications are encouraged from early-career researchers and practitioners
of all backgrounds and from around the world. We will consider all
proposals which respond to the theme.
*Please note* you do not need to be affiliated to a university or in
full-time employment to take part. Priority will be given to applicants who
can attend the entirety of the conference.
*About FEECA 2020*
The Folklore, Ethnology, and Ethnomusicology Conference Aberdeen was
founded at the Elphinstone Institute in 2014 as a meeting place for
early-career researchers across disciplines to connect and share their
ideas in a welcoming and inclusive format. The plenary format allows
everyone to present their research to the whole group, and a maximum of 30
participants creates a sense of community among participants, opportunities
for networking, and space for conversations. Our programme includes a
welcome conference dinner and trips to nearby historical sites.
Our keynote speaker and mentor Mairi McFadyen describes herself as ‘an
independent creative freelancer, who engages with themes connecting
culture, heritage, creative expression, land, ecology, poetics, politics,
activism and hopeful futures’. For more information on her work, see her
Registration fee is *£35*, which includes lunches and the opening
conference dinner. Group activity costs are TBC but estimated to be no more
than *£20*. Low cost accommodation will be offered in university flats
where we can all stay together.
Proposals of *200–300 words max* can be submitted to the organising
committee at firstname.lastname@example.org by the extended deadline of *6 January
2020.* Successful applicants will be notified by *31 January 2020.*
*See *https://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/research-projects/FEECA2020.php for
full info and a downloadable PDF of the CfP.
PhD candidate in English and Ethnology and Folklore
University of Aberdeen
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