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Library Conference 2022

‘Once more to the mouths of the people’: Ralph Vaughan Williams and Folk Song

Pat Tracey step dancing

Conference: Diversity in Folk

Our 2021 conference concentrated on racial and ethnic diversity, both historically focused and in contemporary discourse.

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Appalachian conference

Pastoralism and modernity in the southern mountains: a centenary symposium on Cecil Sharp's 1916 Appalachian journey.

2016 marks the centenary of song collector and folklorist Cecil Sharp's Appalachian fieldtrip, an event that shaped both North American and European conceptions of the history and culture of the southern mountains of America. To celebrate, Cecil Sharp House hosted a weekend of Appalachian music and a conference exploring the culture of the region.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Perry. The fiddler is Richard Sharp of the Boxgrove Tipteers and the ladies are dancing ‘The Black Nag’ in the garden of Richard Sharp’s house in Chichester.

Locating Women in 'The Folk'

Perspectives on women's contributions to folk song, folklore and cultural traditions

Saturday 9 June 2018, University of Sussex

A one-day interdisciplinary conference celebrating and interrogating the role that women have played in folk song, folklore, and cultural traditions – as tradition bearers, performers, authors, collectors, storytellers and scholars - through presentations and papers across a variety of topics and from historical, contemporary, and future perspectives. 

The Histories of the Morris in Britain

The Histories of Morris in Britain

Morris dance has been an enduring feature of British culture for more than six centuries, and to celebrate, EFDSS is hosting a two day conference of presentations, posters, and dance, exploring morris dance’s evolution across time until the present day.