Folklore on Screen – Limited Tickets Remaining!

The ‘Folklore on Screen’ conference will bring together scholars for two days of discussion about folklore in its many forms: its history, present and complex future in relation to cinema, television, photography, digital and online media studies. The conference aims to explores the meaning, import and relevance of folklore in the media and its representation, communication and perpetuation. The multidisciplinary nature of the conference is aimed at a broad spectrum of scholars with either a particular specialism in folklore or an interest in folklore studies as pertaining to their own subject. Featured confirmed speakers include folklorist and film scholar Mikel J. Koven (author of Film, Folklore and Urban Legends), television scholar Helen Wheatley (author of Gothic Television) and journalist Bob Fischer (writer of ‘The Haunted Generation’ in Fortean Times). Talks will present topics including: UFOs, hauntology, urban, digital and online contemporary legends and ‘creepypastas’, folklore in film, art and photograph, folk horror landscapes, folklore in British television and many more.

This conference has now passed.

Faux Horror Archive – 1


Recognising the popularity of field recordings (mainly transport and spoken word) respected sound recordist Eric Handfull founded Transpirit and released a series of ‘spirit recordings’ until arrested at an unregistered Exorcism.

One of a number of rare items from the Archive of Faux Horror collected by Andrew Robinson that will adorn our programme for the upcoming ‘Folklore on Screen’ conference, 13th – 14th September 2019 at Sheffield Hallam University – watch out for more!

Folklore on Screen – Call for Papers

Call for Papers – “Centre for Contemporary Legend: Folklore on Screen” – 13-14 September 2019

Sheffield Hallam University, Cantor Building, 153 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NT.

Following the success of the inaugural symposium launching the Centre for Contemporary Legend research group in 2018, we are hosting a larger, themed, conference at Sheffield Hallam University “Folklore on Screen”, 13-14 September, 2019.

This conference will bring together scholars for two days of discussion about folklore in its many forms: its history, present and complex future in relation to cinema, television, photography, digital and online media studies. The conference aims to explores the meaning, import and relevance of folklore in the media, its representation, communication and perpetuation. The multidisciplinary nature of the conference is aimed at a broad spectrum of scholars with either a particular specialism in folklore or an interest in folklore studies as pertaining to their own subject.  We seek papers that address the broad span of folklore on screen, from early film and photography, folk horror film, television and music video and forward into urban and online contemporary legends and ‘creepypastas’. Papers on related themes such folklore as relating to landscape or as connected with or the current difficult, shifting political climate and associated onscreen representations are also welcomed.

Proposals should be 200-300 words max for 20-minute papers, we also welcome suggestions for themed or grouped panels. Possible topics to be explored, but not limited to, include:

  • Folklore in Film
  • Folklore on television
  • Folklore and photography
  • Folk horror and the ‘wyrd’
  • Urban Wyrd
  • Urban legends
  • Hauntology, hauntological media
  • Earth mysteries on screen
  • UFOs, aliens and ancient astronauts
  • The occult in media
  • Ghosts and hauntings
  • Folkloric monsters and cryptozoology
  • Legend and belief
  • Cults and Moral panics
  • Fairies on screen
  • Memes, digital and online legends
  • Creepypastas
  • Folklore and social media
  • Folkloric landscapes onscreen

Proposals are due by 1st May 2019.

NB – Proposals are now CLOSED

We will provide speakers and delegates with information about location, refreshments and accommodation nearer the time. 

For questions, please contact the team at centre.contemporary.legend@gmail.com

Funded PHD Opportunity in Folklore Studies

The Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) at Sheffield Hallam University is inviting applications for TWO for two fully funded PHD studentships across a number of subject areas including “Folklore, Contemporary Legend and Media”

Application details:
Start Date of studentship: 1 October 2019
Closing Date of Advert: 29th April 2019
Interview Dates: 22nd & 23rd May

See HERE for full details