‘Creativity during the Covid lockdown: Life and Renewal During the Pandemic’

A Virtual One-Day Conference
Date: Thursday 7 October, 2021
Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm

Call for Papers Deadline: 29 July 2021

The Royal Anthropological Institute, and the Folklore Society are very pleased to be continuing their annual series of joint conferences and discussions, this year on the theme of ‘Creativity during the Covid lockdown’.

Folklorists and anthropologists have long been aware of the continuity in and endless change and renewal of customs and narratives around the meaning of life at critical times.   During the Covid pandemic many of us have noted and commented on the new forms of sociality which have emerged,  the new forms of art,  the revival and alteration of customs and their re-use, and the re-emergence of conspiracy narratives around pandemic controls.

This year, our joint one-day conference will reflect on the range of responses during the Covid pandemic.   Papers examining traditional customs, new practices,  the re-use of pandemic narratives,  and any other culture practice which reflects a response to the global pandemic are most welcome.

Proposals to speak are most welcome from anthropologists and folklorists, at whatever stage in their career.  Anyone wishing to submit a proposal should write a 200-word abstract including paper title, author’s name and contact details.  The proposal should be submitted to Prof. James H. Grayson of The Folklore Society at j.h.grayson@sheffield.ac.uk by Friday 29 July 2021 by 5.00pm.   Paper proposers will be notified by early August if their proposal has been accepted.

The conference will take virtually, on Thursday 7 October 2021. There is no conference fee.