We are pleased to announce the Society for Folklife Studies conference for 2021.

This online conference, taking place on 10-12 September, will be hosted by The Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway.

The themes of the conference are Music, dance, song, story and related artefacts and Vernacular buildings and interiors.

The conference includes a varied programme based on papers from a range of scholars associated with NUI Galway.  They include papers on herders and the dangers ‘Hogs Bogs and Dogs’ from John Cunningham (History, NUI Galway). Eugene Costello will talk about his work on Transhumance in Ireland in the past. Niall Ó Ciosáin will discuss the readers of the expanding printed materials available in the Celtic Languages in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Róisín Nic Dhonncha discusses formation of folk identity, by exploring a memoir, Conamara Man, written by Irish-speaker Séamus Mac An Iomaire.

Claudia Kinmonth, will focus on discoveries made since she published her Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings in late 2020. Verena Commins explores the continuing vogue for these monuments and its implications for the status and position of traditional music in society. 

Narrative culture is covered by four speakers. Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill’s work on the woman storyteller Sorcha Chonaill Mhic Grianna of Rannafast, Co. Donegal. Nikita Koptev’s work focuses on the 1937 Schools’ Folklore Collection in Ireland and especially, aspects of children’s narrative as distinct from that of adults. Muireann Ní Cheannabháin focuses on the lullaby as a means of communication and mediation, augmenting our insight into domestic life and the work of child-rearing in the past. Ciaran McDonough’s paper looks at storytellers of the past as documented in the archives of the Ordnance Survey from the mid-nineteenth century. Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, will look at references to food and drink in folk song. 

Dafydd Roberts will give his Presidential address on the Ynni Ogwen Community Hydo-Electricity Project in his native Gwynedd in Wales

Damien Donnellan will give virtual tour of the Galway City Museum.

There will be the usual social events which can be enjoyed from the safety of one’s own living room. 

On this page you will find a conference welcome and summary as well as the programme and booking form.