International Conference of Young Folklorists

Welcome to the homepage of the eleventh international conference of Young Folklorists in Helsinki, Finland, 26–28 October 2022. These conferences are annual meetings for graduate and postgraduate students and young scholars in the field of folklore studies and related disciplines. Since 2010, YoFo has been held in Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, and this is the first time we are organizing it in Finland.

In the forthcoming conference, we seek to examine the complex relationship of folklore studies with materiality by juxtaposing it with recent re-orientations to media and (re)mediation. The conference aims to explore various materialities inherent to our data and methodology – whether obvious or ambiguous – and rethink their position in our field. We invite scholars to discuss both academic and vernacular notions on the transmission of tradition and its social and material embeddedness. We also encourage methodological discussion on how folklore scholars are themselves bound by various (new) media and technologies of documentation, archiving, and presentation.

Dates and venue
The conference will be held in Helsinki as an in-person event on October 26–28, 2022. The programme is now available and registration is open to participants who are not presenting!

Confirmed keynotes speakers


  • Folklore studies, Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki
  • Academy of Finland project “Imperialism in vernacular terms: Appraising the coloniality of folklore, tradition and heritage through and by the Nenets” (PI: Karina Lukin)
  • Academy of Finland project “Plastic Passions: The Ethics and Somaesthetics of Self-Enhancement in Contemporary Biohacking” (PI: Antti Lindfors)

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