Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture: Announcements <p><em>Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture. Literatura Ludowa</em> is the quarterly double-blind peer reviewed Open Access academic journal published by The Polish Ethnological Society.</p> <p>Intended to be both international in its scope and interdisciplinary in approach, the Journal provides a forum for wide-ranging, in-depth discussion on historical and contemporary forms of folklore as well as popular and vernacular culture. Our aim is to publish original papers in folklore research, cultural anthropology, culture studies and related fields concerning language, literature, religion, history, performance, communication and new media.</p> <p><em>Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture </em>is financially supported by the Polish Ministry of Education and Science under the programme "Rozwój czasopism naukowych".</p> <p>ISSN 2544-2872 (online)<br />ISSN 0024-4708 (print)</p> <p><em> </em></p> en-US FOLKLORE AND POLITICS <p><strong>FOLKLORE AND POLITICS</strong></p> <p><em>Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture / </em><em>Literatura Ludowa</em> would like to invite contributions of academic articles reflecting on the practices of power and resistance in which there appear various forms of folklore – understood broadly as a type of spontaneous, non-professional and recurring communication practices undertaken within various ethnic, social, professional or environmental groups. The foundation of our proposal is the thesis concerning the pragmatic dimension of folklore which we treat, following Bronisław Malinowski, as a way of acting in the world, and, thus, also as a way of achieving political goals. On the one hand, we are interested in under what circumstances and in what way folklore becomes a vernacular form of expressing political views and constitutes a tool in resistance practices, establishing and destroying relations of power, or building political alliances. On the other hand, we would like to take a look at cases wherein folklore is manipulated by professional institutions of (state, religious, economic) power and used in order to carry out particular political goals.</p> <p>We would like the field of observation to include, among others, the following phenomena:</p> <ul> <li>using various forms of folklore as overt or secret kinds of “weapons” in political struggle and in military conflicts; this pertains both to folklore mechanisms used in traditional propaganda and political marketing (gaining allies, building and maintaining social engagement) and to the recently broadly discussed phenomenon of disinformation as an element of hybrid warfare (the activity of Internet trolls, producing and transmitting opinions and information harmful for political opponents, inciting strong negative or positive emotions);</li> <li>the potential of folklore as a mechanism for domesticating trauma and mitigating anxieties connected with tensions and political crises and military conflicts;</li> <li>using various forms of folklore in the state’s cultural politics (e.g. creating national folklore groups, organizing festivals and contests with a particular thematic or ideological profile, awarding prizes, scholarships, orders to folk creators, etc);</li> <li>political motivation behind instrumentalization of research and revitalizations of various forms of historical folklore, which, due to research grants and other political tools, are returned to social circulation; this pertains both to the selectivity visible in actions of this type (the desirable forms are revitalized, while others are overlooked), and to the ideological “deviations” in interpreting various folklore phenomena;</li> <li>connections between folklore and populism understood as cynical use of various collective convictions, fantasies, narrations, phobias or hopes in order to obtain power;</li> <li>providing old forms of folklore with new faces and using their intertextual and network (community) potential in resistance practices undertaken both on the local scale/offline and on the global scale/online.</li> </ul> <p>Obviously, the aforementioned issues do not exhaust all available subjects and problems. Indeed, in general perspective we are interested in all cases wherein folklore is shaped by political practices and politics is shaped by folklore practices, and especially in the question of mutual connections and interactions between spontaneous/vernacular activities and institutional/professional activities.</p> <p>The preferred languages are <strong>English and Polish</strong>. Manuscripts are to be submitted by <strong>February 28, 2023</strong></p> <ul> <li>directly to the APCZ digital platform: <a href=""></a></li> <li>or as an email attachment to: <a href=""></a></li> </ul> <p>All manuscripts submitted to<em> Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture</em> must meet the requirements specified in our Author Guidelines: <a href=""></a></p> Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture 2022-10-21