Dr Paul Codwell is giving two guest lectures at the University of Tartu
Next week Dr Paul Codwell is giving two guest lectures in the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore.
The first lecture will be given on Tuesday, March 11th, at 14.15 in Ülikooli 16-214. The theme is “The Changing Face of Ghostlore in Britain: Legends, White Sheets, and Belief”, which covers the historical trajectory of ghost belief in the British Isles, from Catholic religious instruction tales through the stubborn persistence of ghost reports after the Reformation to more recent scientific-sounding examinations of ghostliness. In particular it will look at different forms of manifestation (visual, auditory, olfactory etc) and how far these have or have not changed over the historical period. Much of what we know of British ghostlore is the legend material codified, above all, by the early folklorists. The speaker will look at how this material relates to current belief, as well as examining how it is used to illustrate/complicate that current belief, especially in practical jokes.
The second lecture will be given on Thursday, March 13th, at 16.15 in Ülikooli 16-215. The theme for the lecture is “The Transmission of Traditional and Other Beliefs: The Relationship between Ghost Beliefs and Religious Beliefs”. This talk seeks to follow more closely the relationship between ghost belief and more orthodox religious beliefs. It will examine in greater detail the incidents reported along the historical trajectory outlined in the first lecture, paying particular attention to those moments of disjuncture between ghost examination of this material, particularly from his own fieldwork, Codwell will draw out the differing rates and patterns of transmission of beliefs, and examine both the interaction of these levels of belief and their differences.
The second lecture will be followed by a reception.
Everyone is very welcome to attend!
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