CALL FOR PAPERS
Emotions and other (un)palatable embodied experiences offer a platform for exploring the meaning and power of narratives in various parts and parcels of folklife. Emotions inspire creativity and symbolic expressions, they provide connections and attachments to peoples and things, both positive and negative. While humanities scholars often criticize the dissemination of excitable and contagious emotions in a globalised world, as well as the emotionalization of public discourses, we invite folklorists to focus their research on the resourcefulness of homo narrans and the universally recognized affective, emotional dimensions of storytelling.
The focal point of the ISFNR 2020 congress in Zagreb will be the interdependence of emotion and narration. We ask how and to what extent emotions shape and figure the content and meaning of particular narratives and other (folk) performances, and how narratives and other performances produce emotional attachments, responses, and relations among people. The power of narration is always intertwined with emotional expression and response, but instead of offering ready-made answers, the “emotional turn” in folklore studies provokes a wide-range of questions: What kinds of emotions belong to different folk narratives and other expressions (dance, music, song, visual media)? Do emotions like fear and anxiety form the basis of folk beliefs and folk practices? How do emotionally charged interactions with an audience influence a performer and change the form, genre and meaning of the performance? How does the emotional register of narratives change when they circulate beyond their particular cultural group or move from a folk setting to the mass media and the web? Is there a difference in the ways that historical and contemporary “contagious emotions” provoke collective fears, hysteria and paranoia as well as collective happiness, euphoria, and nostalgia?
The research of digital technology as a tool of expressing and canalising emotions is also welcomed. Questions worth asking are: why and how do particular emotions emerge and circulate in a global social networking, how they (re)shape concept of self and other in communication, what narratives figure as a mode of “emotional governance”, gendered intimacies, therapeutic witnessing, and/or moral conduct confirming both the promise of storytelling and its limitations.
Suggested subtopics and/or panels
- Narrative genres (and emotions)
- Performances and emotions
- Language and emotions
- History and memory
- Global emotions, local issues
- Emotions in digital settings
- (In)tangible heritage and emotions
- Festivities and emotions
- Animals, cyborgs and others
- Belief narratives and "fear of the other"
The theme for the ISFNR Folk Belief Network sessions at the next ISFNR conference in 2020 in Zagreb (which deals with Emotions) will be “Fear of the Other“. This is naturally a highly relevant theme in our own times as populist politicians try to make use of the media and social media to whip up support for themselves by fuelling emotions against those who are classed as threatening “outsiders” or “others”. Such fears are regularly reflected in a range of narratives which commonly focus on “beliefs” rather than facts. The fear of the “other” is, of course, deep-rooted in all of our societies, and has long been so. And it does not only refer to people from other cultures but also people within our own societies that we class as being different. In addition, fear can also define our attitude towards supernatural others, animals, technology, foods, vaccinations and other medical practices, beings from other worlds, and more.
The aim of these sessions is to consider not only how these fears are expressed in folk narratives, but also the short and long-term effects that these narratives (past and present) have on the ways in which we think and how we treat other people and how they influence our understanding of social reality.Papers might consider the following:
Fear of the supernatural
Fear of the dead
Fear of the dark
Fear of the unseen
Fear of specific creatures (animals, reptiles, birds)
Fear of particular spaces/ places
Fear of “outside” cultures
Fear of deviance
Fear of magic/ witchcraft
Fear of the other sex
Fear of other classes
Fear of technology
Please note that you should submit the abstract directly to the Programme Committee in Zagreb.
- Charms and the emotions
The ISFNR Committee for Charms, Charmers and Charming will be holding sessions at the Zagreb congress. Please send abstracts on the following topics:
• Charms and the emotions (e.g. fear, resentment, aggression, love, etc.),
• Charms in a South Slavic context
• Charm as text
• Charming practices documented on film
• Digitization and the second life of charms
• The Super petram charm-type in European traditions
Please note that you should submit the abstract directly to the ISFNR 2020 congress' Program Committee.
Participants of the Zagreb 2020 Congress are reminded that this is an event organized by and for members of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research. To ensure their full ISFNR membership status participants will be asked to check it with the treasurer Pihla Maria Siim (firstname.lastname@example.org). The current membership rates are 25 Euros or 30 US Dollars per annum or 100 Euros for the period between two congresses. Non-members wishing to participate in the Zagreb congress are welcome, but will be expected to pay an additional registration fee of 40 EUR. Reduced rates at 25 EUR for non-members will only be applicable for students, unemployed, and accompanying persons.
Submission of abstracts/proposals:
The deadline for submitting proposals for paper (oral presentation), round tables presentation, poster and ethnographic film is October 14th, 2019.
Sessions and panels will be structured according to 11 proposal topics (with a maximum of four participants per session). Participants are kindly asked to indicate/chose the (sub)topic for their papers while submitting the abstracts.
Proposals will be reviewed by the congress Program Committee in cooperation with the organisers of the congress by December 25th, 2019. The Programme committee will send notification of acceptance or rejection in January 2020 and post an online preliminary program schedule by the end of May 2019. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion, and abstracts should be 200 words long.
The organizers invite members of the ISFNR to submit proposals for the roundtable discussions connected with the topic(s) of the congress and the pressing current topics important to the ISFNR. The proposal has to indicate the moderator/convenor and 4 to 5 participants of the 2 hour roundtable.
Although we do not encourage the panel/session proposals, convenors are welcome to propose the panel/session with 4 participants having in mind the diversity of their research topics, institutions and research perspectives.
• Registration fee for ISFNR members: 190 eur
• Registration fee for non-members: 230 eur
The registration fee includes refreshments during coffee/tea breaks, meals during the congress, opening and closing cocktails. Once the abstract/proposal is accepted, the early bird registration will start (January 14 – April 18, 2020).