Saturday, 3 August 2013

Upcoming conference: “Popular Antiquities: Folklore and Archaeology" (12-13 October 2013)

I have had the honour of being invited to co-organise this year's "Popular Antiquities: Folklore and Archaeology" conference, alongside UCL PhD candidate Tina Paphitis and the Folklore Society's Dr. Caroline Oates. Scheduled to take place at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in Central London on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, it looks to be a fascinating event, and I'd welcome any of my readers to grab a ticket and come along for the weekend. Unfortunately entry isn't free, but we are offering concessions for those who are unwaged or students, as well as those who are already members of The Folklore Society. We of course will be providing lunch, refreshments, and wine!

This will be the third year that this event has been held, and the second which has seen it run as a collaboration between UCL and The Folklore Society. I myself presented a paper at the very first "Popular Antiquities" conference, back in October 2011, on the subject of "Devil's Stones and Midnight Rites: Megaliths, Folklore and Contemporary Witchcraft", in which I got to unite my interest in archaeology, folklore, and new magico-religious movements. I've since produced an academic paper on the basis of that conference presentation, which is set to appear in the prestigious Folklore journal at some point in the near future, something that I'm naturally rather excited about!

We have some great speakers lines up, including some big names in the field of folkloristics like Jeremy Harte, who'll be rounding off Saturday with a discussion of "Moral Megaliths". If this conference look's like the sort of thing that would interest you, grab your ticket here. I hope to see many of you there...

1 comment:

  1. Jealous! Is it actually possible to get bored in the UK? To have nothing to do, nothing to look at... I think not.