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International Conference:

Folk/Traditional/Popular Culture and the Internet

Volos, 6-7 November 2013

Introduction Organisers and sponsors The conference programme

The Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly, with the support of the Perfecture of Thessaly, organizes an International Conference titled Folk/Traditional/Popular Culture and the Internet. The Conference will be held on November 6 & 7 in Volos.

Purpose and topics of Conference

The last decade decade is increasing interest in the study of the Internet and new technologies and the consequent effect on social and cultural level. The peculiar, ambiguous and fluid characteristics of the Internet and new technologies require a multidisciplinary approach to the phenomenon and constitute a common ground of theoretical and methodological fermentation between the social sciences and humanities. This challenge has responded very recently and the science of Folklore, which grafted the theoretical and methodological reason other related sciences (anthropology, sociology) attempts to pass the identification and description of new phenomena in the systematic study and analysis of these. In particular, it focuses on the question of the emergence and widespread use of forms of popular culture (jokes, popular literature, performing arts, rituals, etc.) on the Internet and viewing them through new technologies (cd-rom, databases, electronic museums etc). In any case it seems that the popular culture constitutes a privileged field of individual and collective expression on the internet, where the concepts of communication and creativity reordered and acquire new potential meaning and content.

The conference is the critical study of the relationship between popular culture and the Internet through a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach. On this basis, the Congress will insist on specific issues such as:

  • Folk/traditional/folk culture, folk narrative practices and new forms of communication (e-mail, Skype)
  • Social Networks (facebook, twitter, my space) and forms of popular culture
  • Websites of national, transnational, ethnic and local agencies of folk culture
  • Blogs and electronic Fora
  • Performing arts (dance, music, theater) on the Internet and new technologies
  • Electronics museums and databases
  • The concept of electronic / digital / virtual site
  • Virtual communities
  • Popular culture and digital representations
  • New "popular" forms of creativity
  • The economic dimension of using forms of popular culture on the Internet and other digital platforms
  • Fieldwork, ethnography, cyberspace and folk culture
  • Cyber culture and identities
  • Affect/emotion, Internet and the concept of "folk"
  • Further theoretical and methodological pursuits

Pinted matter (in Greek)

  • Download the conference poster [.pdf, 1280kB]
  • Download the conference programme [.pdf, 150kB]
  • Download the conference abstracts [.pdf, 230kB]