Folklore, Ethnology, and Ethnomusicology Conference

‘Steppin Steens o Knowledge’
Folklore, Ethnology, and Ethnomusicology Conference (Aberdeen)
Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
4–6 July, 2014



We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the inaugural Folklore, Ethnology, and Ethnomusicology Conference (Aberdeen). FEECA aims to answer the need for an academic forum for postgraduate research students and early-career researchers and to strengthen relations between relevant scholars and institutions in the UK, Ireland, and elsewhere.

‘Steppin Steens o Knowledge’ refers to a life philosophy of the late Stanley Robertson, a Traveller and former research associate at the Elphinstone Institute. Drawn from the incremental nature of Stanley’s ballad and storytelling traditions, the concept encapsulates both the initial career steps being taken by conference-goers, as well as the new ‘stepping steens’ being created through each participant’s research.
Small by design, this conference of around thirty presenters is open to papers touching on any aspect of folklore, ethnology, or ethnomusicology. Each presenter will be given twenty minutes for their paper, followed by ten minutes for questions. Proposals for themed sessions are also welcome, and there will be space for research poster presentations.

Registration will be on Friday afternoon, followed by a keynote address. Saturday and Sunday will have morning and afternoon paper presentations followed by possible excursions.

Please submit proposals by e-mail to with the following by 31 January, 2014:
1) An abstract of up to 250 words;
2) A brief biography/career description of no more than 200 words;
3) Author name, e-mail address and affiliation, if any.

All applicants will be contacted with the results of their submission by 10 February, 2014.