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31.8.2018

Ballads and Memory. International Conference of the Ballad Commission/Kommission für Volksdichtung

Songs are often thought of as capturing the memories of a people or community. They reflect cultural experience and, as David Buchan put it, they give expression to the “cultural preoccupations of—and...

Ballads and Memory. International Conference of the Ballad Commission/Kommission für Volksdichtung

Songs are often thought of as capturing the memories of a people or community. They reflect cultural experience and, as David Buchan put it, they give expression to the “cultural preoccupations of—and sometimes the sense of identity of—a given group”. They are a record of human experience. But how is that record constructed? Whose memories […]