New Methodological Orientations of Greek Folklore

Penelope Kambaki-Vougioukli (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
Zoe Gavriilidou (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
Manolis G. Varvounis (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
Nadia Macha-Bizoumi (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
Giorgos Kouzas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Topic: Oral Heritage
The (SCOPUS / ISI) SOAS GLOCAL COMELA 2022 Colloquium Session

Colloquium Abstract

In this colloquium the new trends in Greek folklore are being presented, in terms of the study of Greek popular culture but also in theory and methodology, regarding its relationship and synergies with social and cultural anthropology and ethno-linguistics. In the first part the trends in the ethno-linguistic study of the Greek language are being presented, its relationship with the various social changes and the study of the individual Greek idioms. In the second part the developments of folklore studies in Greece are presented in terms of theory, methodology and topics, as well as in the specific areas of folk art and the study of urban space. In this way, the transition from the study of the older “traditional” to that of the newer “popular” culture is outlined, and the future possibilities and modern orientations of folklore in Greece are being presented.

Part A: Folk culture and Ethnolinguistic in Greece

Current Issues and Future Trends in Greek Ethnolinguistic Studies: An Overview
Zoe Gavriilidou, Democritus University of Thrace
Abstract: The purpose of the present paper is to offer a state-of-the-art review of current research and cover key topics across the full range of ethnolinguistic studies in Greece in dialogue with studies n the broader Mediterranean region and to look at how these studies have contributed to our understanding of the relationship between language and culture and how different ethnic groups perceive the world.

New Trends In Dialectological Research Of The 21st Century In Greece: From Traditional To Popular Culture
Penelope Kambaki-Vougioukli, Democritus University of Thrace
Abstract: Certain theoretical issues, connected with contemporary dialectological research in Greece, concerning the compilation of e-glossaries, are discussed. These specialized e-glossaries are to be included in an extended list of good safeguarding practices of cultural heritage, connected with regional/traditional activities of the Eastern Macedonia & Thrace.

Part B: Society and popular culture

Greek Folklore at the beginning of 21st c.: Theoretical and methodological aspects
Manolis G. Varvounis, Democritus University of Thrace
Abstract: The theoretical and methodological changes that determine Greek folklore in the first two decades of the 21st century are examined. Also the collaboration and the fruitful dialogue of folklore with the social anthropology in Greece, and its scientific results.

Contemporary Forms of Folk Art in Greece
Nadia Macha-Bizoumi, Democritus University of Thrace
Abstract: The contemporary forms of folk art constitutes a field research study under the influence of theories material culture, the dynamics of globalized consumption and the management of cultural resources. This shows an increasing presence in folklore research which combines the social-historical approaches with the interpretive ones of social anthropology.

Aspects of Urban Ethnography in Greece, 1960-2020. The View from Folklore
Giorgos Kouzas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Abstract: This paper focusses on ethnographic research in the Greek urban space since the 1960s. I will discuss developments of folklore studies, I will present the history and the research methodologies of the subject of urban folklore in Greece and I will briefly present the relationships between folklore and social anthropology in Greece, since the 1980s.

Keywords: Greek Folklore