New Crops, Old Fields 2

23rd – 25th June 2016 

Queen’s University Belfast

New Crops

New Crops, Old Fields 2

(Re)Imagining Irish Folklore

Irish folklore has been observed, in its “first life” (Honko 2013), through traditions, customs, narratives, tunes or sayings in various communities. These experiences have been collected and archived, and have since been reused and recycled in other contexts by politicians, poets, visual artists, sportsmen, tourism officers, museum curators, writers and musicians. The age of technology facilitates the “second life” of Irish folklore through the digital humanities. Moreover, Irish folklore is constantly being rejuvenated by current research.

This conference aims to explore the rich traditions of Irish folklore, looking at the various ways it is being or has been repurposed and reinvented. We hope to bring together researchers at various stages of their careers, both professional and postgraduate, working on all aspects of the folklore of Ireland. We particularly welcome proposals that make use of innovative presentation methods and those in languages other than English.

Proposals are invited for individual papers and panels from all (inter)disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the study of legends, myths, beliefs, folk-tales, songs, rhymes and riddles, music, dance, sayings and proverbs, customs, oral history, etc. as well as their reuse in:

– The visual arts (paintings, sculptures, dance, etc), iconography and architecture

– Film, television and radio

– Advertising, tourism, the diaspora and folklore around the world

– Politics, sociology

– Literature, in English or as Gaeilge

– Children’s literature

– Food and drink

– Music

– Theatre and performance

– Comparative approaches of the reuse of Irish folklore and international folklore

– Urban folklore

– Folkloristics and anthropology

– Ecology, agriculture and geography

– History and archaeology

– Philosophy and theology


confirmed keynote speakers :

Dr. Lillis Ó Laoire, National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr. Barbara Hillers, University College Dublin

Dr. Rióna Ní Fhrighil, National University of Ireland, Galway


Invited poet: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Please submit proposals of 300 words for 20-minute papers, a short biography and any technical requirements to by 3rd April 2016. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance shortly afterwards.

New Crops, Old Fields – (Re)Imagining Irish Folklore 2
23rd – 25th June 2016
Queen’s University Belfast

contact details: School of Modern Languages, QUB, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland.
organising committee: Eamon Byers, Conor Caldwell, Angela Goff, Pádraig Mac Congáil, Audrey Robitaillié, Sheila Rooney, Marjan Shokouhi.