Folklore Fellows’ Summer School 1995
International training course for the study of folklore and traditional culture

Tradition and Conflicting Identities
June 26 – July 9, 1995
Joensuu University, Mekrijärvi Research Station, Finland

Preliminary Programme

Monday, June 26th

10.00 Arrival: Registration, accommodation, orientation to the programme.

20.00 Get-together. All participants on the course will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves (1-2 min.).

Tuesday, June 27th

Cultural Identity and Survival

8.45 Anna-Leena Siikala: Opening speech.
9.00 Lauri Honko: Traditions in the Construction of Cultural Identity and the Strategies of Ethnic Survival.
11.00 Hermann Bausinger: Beyond Cultural Identity: Globalization as Opportunity?
12.30 Discussion.

Silk-Road Symposium
Chairman Lauri Harvilahti

14.00 Symposium.
19.00 Dinner

Wednesday, June 28th

Cultural Identity and Tradition – a Tool or a Weapon?

9.00 Hermann Bausinger: National Use and Misuse of Folklore.
11.00 Lauri Honko: Epic and Identity: National, Regional, Communal, Individual.
12.30 Discussion
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Barbro Klein: Ethical Conflicts in Folklore Research.
16.30 Group meetings.
18.00 Jyrki Kurki: Lecture on video technique.
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Lecture on video technique continues.

Thursday, June 29th

Observation of the “Petrun praasniekka”, Petru-festival, in Hattuvaara, Ilomantsi

Observation of the festival in honour of St. Peter, the patron saint of the Orthodox-Karelian village of Hattuvaara. In the morning an orthodox liturgy (litania), procession (ristisaatto), and prayers for the deceased (litania). After lunch the Praasniekka festival.

Friday, June 30th

Representations of Cultural Identity

9.00 Stein Mathisen: Identity and Narratives in Folklore Studies.
11.00 Barbro Klein: Presentation of Cultural Identity.
12.30 Discussion.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Group meetings.
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Folklore Fellows’ Party.

Saturday, July 1st

Negotiating Identity

9.00 Stein Mathisen: Narratives and Conflicting Ethnic Identities.
11.00 Surjeet Singh: Man, Society and the Forest: Interaction of Parallel Cultural Traditions in India.
12.30 Discussion.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Jyrki Kurki: Lecture on video techique / Individual study on computer.
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Sauna and swimming

Sunday, July 2nd

Fieldwork / Excursion

9.00 Fieldwork and film editing or
Excursion to the Valamo and Lintula Orthodox Monasteries in Heinävesi.

Monday, July 3rd

Gender and Cultural Identity

9.00 Aili Nenola: Cultural Identity and Gender: Theoretical Problems.
11.00 Niaz Zaman: Women’s Art and Cultural Identity: The Bangladesh Context.
12.30 Discussion.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Group meetings.
17.00 Individual study. Video editing and computer facilities available.
19.00 Dinner
21.00 Sauna and swimming

Tuesday, July 4th

Gender and Body

9.00 Satu Apo: Cultural Models of the Female Body in Finnish-Karelian Folklore.
11.00 Aili Nenola: Women’s Body as the Representation of Cultural and Ethnic Identity.
12.30 Discussion.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Group meetings
17.00 Video presentations.
19.00 Dinner

Wednesday, July 5th

Genre and Discourse

9.00 Richard Bauman: Genre Theory and the Dynamics of Intertextuality.
11.00 Galit Hasan-Rokem: Discourse and/or Genre.
12.30 Discussion
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Visit to the University of Joensuu and to Joensuu town.
22.00 Return to Mekrijärvi.

Thursday, July 6th

Dialogue and Performance

9.00 Galit Hasan-Rokem: Intercultural Dialogues in Folklore.
11.00 Richard Bauman: Structures of Mediation in Oral Performance.
12.30 Discussion.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Group meetings.
17.00 Video presentations.
19.00 Dinner
21.00 Sauna and swimming

Friday, July 7th

Tradition and Oral Epic

9.00 John Miles Foley: From Oral Tradition to Traditional Text: Homeric Epic in Transition.
11.00 Lauri Harvilahti: The Use of Oral Poetry: Dramatization and Conventionalization?
12.30 Discussion.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Groups meet and finish their reports.
16.00 Presentation of the group reports.
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Reporting continues. Discussion.

Saturday, July 8th

Orality, Literacy and Conflicting Identities

9.00 John Miles Foley: Epics and Identity: The Oral-Literary Spectrum.
11.00 Anna-Leena Siikala: Mythical History in Oral Epics.
12.30 Discussion.
13.00 Lunch

Symposium of Kalevalaic Poetry
Chairperson Anna-Leena Siikala

14.00 Opening words: Anna-Leena Siikala
14.15 Lauri Honko: The Fascination of Long Epic; Lotte Tarkka: Kalevalaic Tradition Meets the Art and Ideology of Romanticism: The Story of a Displaced Bard; Senni Timonen: The Lyrical Voice of Mekrijärvi; Seppo Knuuttila: The Last Rune-Singer.
17.00 Presentation of the HyperKalevala (Juhani Luhtanen); Folklore Performances.

19.00 General discussion. Conclusion.
20.00 Summer School Closing Party.

Sunday, July 9th

7.30 Breakfast and departure.

(FFN 10, May 1995: 7-8)

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