Programme and Abstracts

Song Genres in Social and Cultural Contexts
51st International Ballad Conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung (KfV) 

Finnish Literature Society SKS, great hall (second floor)
Street addres: Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki (see Contact details of SKS with map)

MONDAY, MAY 29th

16.00–17.00 Registration (info desk at the great hall)

17.00–19.00 Welcoming Addresses

Eija Stark, Development Manager, Finnish Literature Society
Anu Lahtinen, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki
Marjetka Golež Kaučič, President of KfV 

Song Genres and their Research in Finland

Kati Kallio, Venla Sykäri, Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman & Anette Åkerlund

19.00–20.00 Reception

TUESDAY, MAY 30th     

9.00–9.45: tour at the Finnish Literature Society, archives and the folk song collections

9.45–10.00: Practical information

10.00–11.00  SESSION I: THE FINNISH RITVALA HELKA FESTIVAL (Chair: Heidi Henriikka Mäkelä)

Tiina Miettinen: A Changing Ritual in a Changing World. History of Ritvala village and its singing women
Susanna Jurvanen: Studying Kalevala-meter singing with children and youth: Ethical and methodological considerations

11.00–11.15  Break

11.15–12.45  SESSION II: ANALYSIS OF UKRAINIAN BALLADS (Chair: Arbnora Dushi)

Mari Sarv & Olha Petrovych: The Ballad as an Epic of Unfortunate Human Destiny: A Case Study of a Folksongs of the Podillia Region of Ukraine 
Inna Lisniak: The Ballad in Ukrainian Vocal Music: From Folklore to Modern
Oksana Mykytenko & Mariya Doğan: Ukrainian song ‘Red Viburnum’ – genre peculiarities, history and current function

12.45–14.15  Lunch break

14.15–15.45  SESSION III: DESCRIPTION, CATEGORIZATION, AND BOUNDARIES (Chair: Karina Lukin)

Ingrid Åkesson: Ballad, singing game or children’s rhyme? Some thoughts on genre boundaries, transgression and meaning
Éva Guillorel: A “noble” genre? Discourses and practises around the Breton gwerzioù
Teresa Catarella: Unreliable Narratives: Performance and Text in the Hispanic Ballad Albaniña

15.45–16.00  Break

16.00–17.30  SESSION IV: SINGERS, AUDIENCES, IDENTITIES (Chair: Olimbi Velaj)

Sara Bell: A Mythic South: Recontextualizing Image and Artistry in the Music of Matteo Salvatore
Lumnije Kadriu  & Leontina Musa: The path to mixing genres: from performers to audience acceptance
Sofia Joons Gylling: Song-repertoires in handwritten songbooks as signs of multi-layered belonging

c. 19.00 Get-together at own cost in the local pub Thirsty Scholar (street address: Fabianinkatu 37).

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31ST

Excursion day to Seurasaari Open Air Museum
for registered participants only

Workshop: historical Finnish and Finland-Swedish songs genres and artistic research

Marianne Maans: Finland-Swedish ballads and songs
Maija Karhinen-Ilo: Finnish ballads and rhymed songs
Anna-Kaisa Liedes: Runosongs (Kalevalaic songs)

Funded by the project of the Academy of Finland "Regional cultures of Finnic oral poetry: comparative perspective" (340647).

18.30 Csángó-Hungarian dance house with live music in the Liszt Institute (registration by 19 May).

THURSDAY, JUNE 1ST

10.00–11.00  SESSION V: EARLY HISTORY OF BALLADS AND SCRIBAL PERFORMANCE (Chair: Teresa Catarella)

Anu Lahtinen: Christina Regina von Birchenbaum and her song in historical context
Frog: Scribal Performance in 17th-Century Copies of Viking Age Poetry: An Approach to Agency and the Animation of Ancient Heritage Texts

11.00–11.15  Break

11.15–12.45  SESSION VI: GENRE CONVENTIONS AND SOCIAL MEANING (Chair: Ingrid Åkesson)

Karina Lukin: Narrating Otherness in Nenets lyric songs
Ana Maria Paiva Morão: Finding the meaning of a ballad and how it is understood by community. The case of Veneno de Moriana
Matilda Burden: Dancing as practice in a community determined by language and geographical area

12.45–14.15  Lunch break

14.15–15.45  SESSION VII: SOCIAL MEANING, EMOTIONS, MESSAGE (Chair: Frog)

Christopher Heppa: ‘Class, Gender and Morality in an English folk song – Betsy the Milkmaid’
Eero Peltonen: The shipwreck of Kuru 1929: How can a ballad unite and give emotional relief
Marjetka Golež Kaučič: Slovenian Ballad Faronika the Fish as the Vessel of the Universal Myth and their Modern Transformations

15.45–16.00  Break

16.00–17.00  SESSION VIII: MARGINALIZED SONGS (Chair: Elina Niiranen)

Heidi Henriikka Mäkelä: Old Songs, Global Flows: The (Post)national Heritagisations of Sex-related Kalevala-metric Songs in Contemporary Finland
Liina Saarlo: Those miserable, despised love songs. About the actual repertoire of 20th century singers

Business meeting of KfV

Evening reception for registered participants.

FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND

10.00–11.00  SESSION IX: SAME SUBJECT ACROSS GENRES (Chair: Viliina Silvonen)

Rigels Halili: The song and its metamorphoses. The ballad of immurement and its socio-cultural reincarnations                
Vlorë Fetaj-Berisha & Ylberza Halili: Genres of the ballad “Hasan Aga”: evidence, development, interpretation                     

11.00–11.15  Break

11.15–12.45  SESSION X: CHANGE IN TIME (Chair: Éva Guillorel)

Rumen István Csörsz: “Nobody Appreciates the Soldiers”. The Afterlife of a Hungarian Soldier Lament (18th-19th centuries)
Tuukka Karlsson: Enregisterment and changing meanings in the epic genre of Kalevala-metric poetry
Janika Oras: Seto runosong tradition in the 21st century: The position and meaning of historical song genres in contemporary singing

12.45–14.15  Lunch break

14.15–15.45  SESSION XI: POLITICAL CONTEXT AND CHANGE (Chair: Sara Bell)

Arbnora Dushi: Contextualizing Folk Songs: How Do Epic Songs Become Slogans? 
Olimbi Velaj: From the authorship to the anonymity; the case of the song "Xhamadani vija-vija"; popularization, national context and multiplicity of performances
Anja Moric: Revival of Gottscheer folk songs                                  

15.45–16.00  Break

16.00–17.00  SESSION XII: REVIVAL MOVEMENTS AND CHANGE (Chair: Liina Saarlo)

Elina Niiranen: “Finnish songs” and their changes in revival movement in the Karelia of the White Sea
Viliina Silvonen: Genre of laments in the context of Karelian tradition and practices in contemporary Finland

17.00–17.30  Closing of the Conference

 

 Finnish Literature Society, University of Helsinki, UniArts, Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse sr

The conference is organised by the Finnish Literature Society (SKS), in the centre of Helsinki (Hallituskatu 1), in collaboration with the folklore studies and history of the University of Helsinki and folk music at the Sibelius Academy of the UniArts Helsinki. It is supported by the Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse sr.

Excursion, lunches and Thursday reception are organized for registered participants only.

www.finlit.fi/balladconference
conference@finlit.fi

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