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>ISSN 2544-2872 (online)<br />ISSN 0024-4708 (print)</p> <p><em> </em></p> en-US Fri, 21 Oct 2022 14:07:04 +0200 OJS 60 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> Fri, 21 Oct 2022 14:07:04 +0200 CALL FOR PAPERS 2022/3 <p>CALL FOR PAPERS <br />for the subsequent volume of<em>. Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture</em> <br />published by The Polish Ethnological Society</p> <p>vol. 66 (2022/3)</p> <p>Editors: Petr Janeček and Katarzyna Marak</p> <p><strong> </strong><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Scary Reality: Fear in Narrative Cultures</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>The upcoming issue of <em>Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture</em> is devoted to critical presentation, interpretation, and case studies of narratives (digital or otherwise) which reflect, tame or fuel societal fears. We are particularly interested in analyzing the diversity, plurality, and abundance of genres and types of narratives concerning fear. The fear – or fears – in question can be related to threatening events of past or present – such as wartime, political and economic crises, epidemics, natural catastrophes, the climate crisis, global migration – as well as abstract fears – e. g. those concerning death and dying, end times, supernatural and extraterrestrial entities, and paranormal phenomena.</p> <p>Of particular interest to this issue are the differences related to historical period and culture, and the way how those differences affect the structure of fear narratives as well as the cultural functions they serve. We aim to examine vernacular narratives which can instill fears and anxieties, but also dispel or mitigate them. Additionally, equally important to the theme of the issue are decidedly professional, constructed, and polished narratives meant to deliberately and skillfully manipulate the audience through fear-based frame of reference with the objective of attaining specific goals (commercial, political, ideological, aesthetic etc.).</p> <p>We invite submissions encompassing, but not limited to, the following topics:</p> <p><strong>Oral narratives focused on dealing with fear:</strong> Texts devoted to the way fears and anxieties are included and presented in myths, folktales and ballads; rumour, gossip, and contemporary legends; personal memories, daily conversations.</p> <p><strong>Fearmongering in professional narratives:</strong> Texts analyzing or comparing narratives revolving around scare-tactics messages that can be found in film, literature, magazines, digital games; on news platforms, or in political statements, strategies, and actions.</p> <p><strong>The online discourse of fear and viral scaremongering:</strong> Texts examining the manner in which fear and scary events are verbalized, portrayed, and discussed online in podcasts, blogs and vlogs, on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and other social media, as well as texts analyzing digital narratives intended to instill or spread fear and anxieties, such as conspiracy theories, fake news, memes, creepypasta.</p> <p> </p> <p>We invite you to contribute academic articles to this issue. The preferred language is English, but we also accept Czech and Polish. Manuscripts are to be submitted by <strong>June 20</strong><strong>, 2022</strong> as an email attachment to Petr Janeček: <u><a href=""></a> </u> or to Editor-in-Chief: <a href=""></a></p> <p>All manuscripts submitted to<em> Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture</em> must meet the requirements specified in our Author Guidelines: <a href=""></a></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:49:32 +0100 CALL FOR PAPERS 2022/2 <p align="center"><strong>Podcast: Serialized audio forms in context of global distribution and local consumption</strong></p> <p>Podcasting constitutes a new form of digital media which cannot be reduced to the phenomenon of which some would describe as the “Radio Renaissance” on the Internet. Moreover, podcasts have crossed over from a cultural niche to mainstream, as evidenced not only by a vast number of titles available on countless platforms and applications, but also by the increasing number of listeners and transmedia influences of podcasts in the form of TV series and literary adaptations (such as <em>Lore</em>, <em>Welcome to Night Vale</em>, <em>Limetown</em> and others). The growing popularity of the episodic audio form is closely connected with the digital environment in which it functions, and, above all, with the DIY character of the production of podcasts; the egalitarian nature of this format, as well as the utilization of social media in order to establish and maintain relationships with and between audience members, are also highly significant. The producers of podcasts use the possibilities offered by new media, providing the listeners with additional material to consume and engage with: notes, character’s biographies and social media accounts, transcripts, additional resources, commentary, community forums dedicated to discussing the show’s content, and Wikis. All these aspects of production can be found among our research interests.</p> <p><em>Critical Approaches to Welcome to Night Vale: Podcasting between Weather and the Void</em> (ed. Weinstock) published in 2018 is the first edited collection of scholarly essays on podcasts, considering these shows’ form, themes, politics, and fanbase. Since the publication of <em>Podcasting: New Aural Cultures</em> (Llinares, Fox, and Berry) and <em>Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution</em> (Spinelli and Dann) in 2019, scholarship on podcasting has blossomed and the field of Podcast Studies has begun to establish itself as a distinct area of interdisciplinary research. We would like to join the collective effort to understand the emergence and popularity of podcasts by adding our unique background as scholars from Central and Eastern Europe to analyze the dynamics between globalization and localization in production and consumption of podcasts.</p> <p>We invite texts that will analyze (but that do not have to be limited to):</p> <ul> <li>Local fandoms and communities of titles popular worldwide (fanworks, events, translations etc.).</li> <li>Local adaptations, versions and contextualizations (e.g. <em>Gallowtree Radio</em> that has started as the UK version of <em>Welcome to Night Vale</em>).</li> <li>Local and regional realizations of popular podcast genres (true crime, para-documentary, horror, fantasy etc.), local content within global form.</li> <li>European vs. American style of podcast production.</li> <li>Podcast production in Central and Eastern Europe (popular titles, forms, fandoms).</li> <li>The representation of Central and Eastern Europe (folklore, politics, tradition, characters etc.) in podcasts (such as the Glushka monastery from <em>The Black Tapes</em>, the popularity of Baba Yaga and other folklore characters in podcasts).</li> <li> “Slavic culture” as the theme of podcasts (with titles such as <em>Slavic Fairy Tales</em>, <em>Searching for the Slavic Soul</em> etc.).</li> <li>Production and distribution of podcasts in Central and Eastern Europe.</li> </ul> <p>The preferred languages are English and Polish. Manuscripts are to be submitted by <strong>February 28, 2022</strong> as an email attachment to Aldona Kobus: <a href=""> </a> or to Editor-in-Chief <a href=""></a></p> <p>All manuscripts submitted to<em> Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture</em> must meet the requirements specified in our Author Guidelines: <a href=""></a></p> Mon, 05 Jul 2021 12:31:05 +0200