33 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference

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    Lene Vinther Andersen fra Dansk Folkemindesamling ved Det Kongelige Bibliotek var med til at arrangere den 33. nordiske etnologi og folkloristik konference sammen med repræsentanter fra Københavns Universitet, Nationalmuseet, Ålborg Universitet, Lunds Universitet og Dansk Folkemindesamling/Det Kongelige Bibliotek. Desuden convenor på et panel: The Production of Knowledge at the Tradition Archives Conveners: Lene Vinther Andersen, Dansk Folkemindesamling / Det Kongelige Bibliotek Audun Kjus, Norsk etnologisk gransking / Norsk Folkemuseum Fredrik Skott, Dialekt, ortnamns- och folkminnesarkivet i Göteborg / Institutet för språk och folkminnen Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch, Folkkultursarkivet / Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland The panel welcomes various studies of the cooperation involved in the production of knowledge at the tradition archives. Both historical and contemporary studies are invited. The tradition archives played a significant role in the history of the Nordic democracies in the first part of the 20th century, in extending historical awareness and the concept of culture to include the experiences of common people and daily life. Building tradition archives was also a means of turning folklore studies and ethnology in to research disciplines and their reservoirs of knowledge still characterize these disciplines against related fields. In the 1970s – 1990s, the collections at the tradition archives faced extensive critique. A new generation of researchers found them one sided and tendentious. The collected material was considered tainted by bourgeoisie adorations for the good old country life. Today, the old feuds clouding this debate seem to have dissipated, and we may view these knowledge-producing institutions with fresh eyes and find other patterns and characteristics. Transforming paper based institutions to operate in a world of electronic communication is a major challenge for all Nordic and Baltic tradition archives. However, there is much to be gained: 1) Open access to fundamental historical sources 2) Close encounters with the life and toil of previous generations 3) An inclusive invitation to participate in the documentation of our own time and age. The digital revolution could well mean a renaissance for the tradition archives, and thus for folklore studies and ethnology. How do we face this challenge?
    Period18 Aug 201521 Aug 2015
    Event typeConference
    LocationKøbenhavn, DenmarkShow on map