Call For Papers – 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’ (Stepping Stones of 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

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. For more information as it becomes available,
please visit the conference website:

The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683.