The online system for submitting abstracts and presentation proposals will be available soon at this website. 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:
- Narrative genres (and emotions)
What we narrate about when we narrate about emotions? Creating, expressing and disseminating sense and sensibilities in (folk) narrative genres, text, context and texture.
- Performances and emotions
Emotional economy of folk performances (music, dance) and the community in particular socio-cultural context.
- Language and emotions
Coding emotions in language and emotional languages (silence of emotions, 'sound and fury' of emotions, hate speech, love speech…).
- History and memory
Affective politics in the history of folk research; politics of memory in emotional communities through history.
- Global emotions, local issues
Emotional communities in global and local, virtual and actual villages in the present.
- Emotions in digital settings
Emotional narratives circulating from a folk setting to the digital media and vise versa.
- (In)tangible heritage and emotions
The role of emotions in managing the politics of (in)tangible heritage.
- Festivities and emotions
The role of emotions in narratives and festivities related to life cycle and the wheel of the year.
- Animals, cyborgs and others
Animalistic approach meets „affective turn“.
- 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.