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LU LFMI researchers participate in the 18th ISFNR Congress

Three LU LFMI researchers - Aigars Lielbārdis, Agita Misāne and Guntis Pakalns - participate in the 18th International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) Congress "Encountering Emotions in Folk Narrative and Folklife", which is held in Zagreb, but takes place online from September 5 to 8. The congress is dedicated to emotions in folk tales and traditional culture.

Topics of Latvian researchers' reports: Aigars Lielbārdis - "Curses and Eliminating Formulas in Latvian Charms", Agita Misāne - "Emotional Narratives of the Latvian Hikers on the Camino de Santiago", Guntis Pakalns - "Latvia's Amateur Storytellers about Emotions".
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The reading room is open from Monday to Friday from 10.00–17.00

The reading room is open from Monday to Friday from 10.00–17.00. Please inform of your visit in advance by writing to the e-mail address lfk@lulfmi.lv.


16 presentations on socialism heritage

Records of the "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" international conference presentations are now available at the Archives of Latvian Folklore YouTube channel.

The themes covered in the conference were related to the Socialist heritage’s impact on the development of folkloristics and related disciplines in Central and Eastern Europe. Among those were the role of the Socialist regimes of knowledge in the organization of folklore archives, ethnographic collections and other institutional representations of folklife; the contribution of folkloristics and related disciplines to resistance and dissent in the former USSR and the Soviet bloc countries, as well as history of folkloristics and ethnography in the light of Soviet postcolonialism. Read more...


Digital Catalogue of Latvian Charms

A new digital text corpus for charm research in Latvia was developed by the researcher of Archives of Latvian Folklore Aigars Lielbārdis in the postdoctoral project "Digital Catalogues of Latvian Charms" (No. 1.1.1.2/VIAA/1/16/217). The methodology is based on digital humanities principles that allow charm texts to be analyzed according to multiple criteria simultaneously. This methodology has been applied to ALF Collection 150 which is the main charm collection of the Archives of Latvian Folklore.

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CALL FOR PAPERS for a thematic issue of journal LETONICA

Are you working on the post-war disciplinary history of folkloristics or related discipline in the former Soviet Union or the Socialist Bloc countries? Please consider contributing a draft of original research article to the thematic issue of a double-blind peer–reviewed journal published by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of University of Latvia.

Our special interest lies in, but is not limited to such themes as:
- Post-Socialism/Colonialism in the disciplines of folkloristics and ethnography;
- The impact of the Socialist heritage on the development of folkloristics in the post-Socialist countries;
- The role of the Socialist regimes of knowledge in organization of folklore archives, ethnographic collections and other institutional representations of folk life;
- The contribution of folkloristics and related disciplines to resistance and dissent in the former USSR and the Soviet bloc countries.

Deadline: April 2021. Review/acceptance: June 2021. Publication: October 2021.

Inquiries: socfolk@gmail.com

* Double-blind peer–reviewed journal of East European Humanities. Published since 1991, free, SCOPUS indexed, online, informal Open Access, DOI.


A Collection of Ethnographic Ensembles

The Otaņķi Ethnographic Ensemble at Sound Recording Studio of the National Library of Latvia in 2015. Photo by Aigars Lielbārdis

The newly created collection No. 2235, "Recordings of Ethnographic Ensembles", comprise a repertoire of 24 Latvian ethnographic ensembles which continue to sing and play local traditional music from various villages of Kurzeme and Latgale. This is a special audio-visual collection, as it reveals musical soundscapes presented by current Latvian ethnographic ensembles. The recordings are now available in a digital environment along with thorough historical information about the ensembles and rich illustrative material in the form of photographs.

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The conference "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" programme is here!

The conference "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" will start next week and will be held online. Please register here.

The topics that will be covered in conference are connected with the impact of the Socialist heritage on the development of folkloristics in the post-Socialist countries; the role of the Socialist regimes of knowledge in the organization of folklore archives, ethnographic collections and other institutional representations of folklife; the contribution of folkloristics and related disciplines to resistance and dissent in the former USSR and the Soviet bloc countries; history of folkloristics and ethnography in the light of Soviet postcolonialism and other themes.

Conference programme.

Abstracts.


Online conference "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage"

We kindly invite you to "save the date". The Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia organises an international conference "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" on 17–18 December, 2020.

The conference will be held in distance using ZOOM virtual meeting place. In order to receive further information and an invitation, please, fill in the Registration form.

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A New Study on Charms

The publishing house of the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (University of Latvia) recently published Aigars Lielbārdis' research on Latvian charms, “Collection 150. Charms”. The book includes a description of the development and content of the ALF Collection 150, as well as an analysis of the largest functional groups of charms and a chronological listing of the materials, the names of charm-book owners, folk performers, as well as collectors and contributors (presented chronologically by date of contribution).

The book has been prepared within the basic budgeted sub-programme 05.04.00 "The Krišjānis Barons Cabinet of Folksongs" of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, as well as the post-doctoral project of the European Regional Development Fund "Digital catalogue of Latvian charms" (No. 1.1.1.2/ VIAA/1/16/217) and also published with the financial support of the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia.

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ALF's reading room closed by June 9

Taking into account the state of emergency declared in Latvia, the reading room of the Archives of Latvia will be closed by June 9. If you need assistance please contact the Archives by e-mail lfk@lulfmi.lv or visit the Digital Archives of Latvian Folklore http://garamantas.lv.





CFP: Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage

The international conference "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" will be organized on 28-31 October 2020 in Riga, Latvia. You can apply until May 1, 2020 by sending to socfolk@gmail.com abstract of your presentation, no longer than 200 words, professionally edited for publishing; BIO, stating your affiliations and interests in no more than 50 words.

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Fellowship awarded for Sanita Reinsone's book "Forest Daughters" translation into English

Translator Kaija Straumanis awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (USA) to support the translation from the Latvian of the nonfiction collection Forest Daughters, edited by ILFA's researcher Sanita Reinsone. This collection includes 12 life stories of Latvian women who lived in the thick of the guerilla war against Soviet invasion and occupation. Often left out of Latvia's guerilla war history, women played an integral role in protecting their homeland. Reinsone (b. 1981), a scholar in Latvian folklore, oral history, and digital humanities, recorded the stories of these women in a documentary-essay style and each chapter is alive with the respective woman's experience as she recalls harrowing and heart-wrenching events of her life during this period in history.

Kaija Straumanis is a translator and the editorial director of Open Letter Books. Her book-length translations from the Latvian include Flesh-Coloured Dominoes by Zigmunds Skujiņš and High Tide by Inga Ābele, which won the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages Award for Best Literary Translation into English.

Merry Christmas and a successful 2020!


Call for Papers: Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage

Are you working on the post-war disciplinary history of folkloristics or related discipline in the former Soviet Union or the Socialist Bloc countries? Please consider contributing a draft of original research article to the international, peer reviewed, and SCOPUS or Web of Science indexed volume in summer 2021. The collection of articles will be prepared by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia.

31.01.2020. – send to SocFolk@gmail.com: - your name, surname and short bio, - title of your article and keywords, - concept or summary of the article (up to 350 words);

17.02.2020. – notice of acceptance and further information;

20.06.2020. – 7000–10000 words long original article in English;

Fall 2020 – peer-review and editing.

In publication our special interest lies in, but is not limited to such issues as:

• The impact of the Socialist heritage on the development of folkloristics in the post-Socialist countries;

• The role of the Socialist regimes of knowledge in organization of folklore archives, ethnographic collections and other institutional representations of folk life;

• The contribution of folkloristics and related disciplines to resistance and dissent in the former USSR and the Soviet bloc countries;

• The parameters of transnational post-socialist disciplinary history of folklore;

• History of folkloristics and ethnography in the light of Soviet post-colonialism;

• The interaction of folklorists and ethnographers through the Iron Curtain;

• Influential theories and source publications in the Socialist folkloristics.

In order to maximize the impact of research dedicated to disciplinary histories of the previous Socialist world and establish new networks within the field, an interdisciplinary, international conference will be organized on 29-31 October 2020 in Riga, Latvia.

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The most recent issue of 'Letonica' has been published

Along with the fruits of the land fall has also brought the 39th issue of the humanities journal 'Letonica'. Guest-edited by ILFA researcher Toms Ķencis, the issue is dedicated to folklore within the relationship between state and tradition. As such it reflects the centenary of statehood of Latvia celebrated on 2018.

Twelve double-blind peer-reviewed papers published in the journal are mostly related to three events: last year’s Krišjānis Barons memorial conference ‘Traditions and state’, the most recent project of the disciplinary history research 'Latvian folkloristics (1945-1985)' carried out at ILFA, and the publication of the first part of the 11th volume ('Wedding') of the academic edition of Latvian folksongs. Apart from one paper originally in English, all articles are in Latvian with an English summaries. The articles are followed by a special paper on the Archives of Latvian Folklore, eight book reviews and disciplinary news.

The 39th issue of ‘Letonica’ was published by ILFA Publishing house with support of the State Culture Capital Foundation, Latvian Council of Science, and Ministry of Education.