Tradition, Creativity and Indigenous Knowledge: Winter School of International Folkloristics and Indigenous Culture, January 12-21, 2014
International Winter School organised by the Centre for Tribal Folklore, Language and Literature (Central University of Jharkhand, India) and Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore (University of Tartu, Estonia) in co-operation with the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT).
Contemporary approaches conceptualise folklore as a vernacular expressive practice embedded in social, communicative and political contexts. Whereas earlier scholarship emphasised the stability of folklore as a static and conservative body of knowledge, current research focuses on variation, change and creativity. However, even though synchronic approaches tend to dominate in international folkloristics, tradition has remained one of the key-concepts of the discipline, referring to the historical dimension of folklore and the cultural process of 'creating future out of the past' (H. Glassie). The creation and preservation of traditions is seen as an integral part of the everyday life of individuals, local communities and informal networks as well as states and various institutions.