Like ethnographic fieldwork, field researchers in folklore studies use photography and other visual recording techniques to gather data. In this panel, three folklorists will explore and discuss in a roundtable issues arising from the use of photography.
In this panel, three representative researchers from The Folklore Society propose to examine the different ways in which folklorists use visual recording techniques, including photography, to gather data while conducting fieldwork. Ethnography and Folklore both had their origins in the development of scientific cultural studies in the late nineteenth century, but grew apart in the course of time. This panel proposes to illustrate how many folklorists draw on the research methods and ideas of anthropology, while still having a distinctive character and approach. One purpose of this panel will be to encourage discussion and collaboration between the disciplines in order to further develop the research and research methodologies of each field. The session will consist of three illustrated presentations and a roundtable discussion.