Béaloideas, Folklore and Ethnology
Roinn an Bhéaloidis: the Department of Folklore and Ethnology conducts teaching and research bilingually on traditional, popular, indigenous cultural expression within historical and emergent theories and methods of folkloristics and ethnology. Its core strengths lie in directing and conducting original research and teaching on folklore and ethnology nationally and internationally as well as fostering ethnographic engagement at community level through its research projects and ongoing staff research. These consist of collaborations in both languages, in both rural and urban settings. The department places community, locality, identity and cultural expression(s) at the heart of its research and teaching. Through these projects its aims to development primary, original sources (archives, repositories, research monographs) in tandem with on-going elaboration, early dissemination of results.
The Cork Folklore Project serves as an employment and training programme for the long term unemployed as well as a community archival repository and research centre providing training and education. It is the primary resource in community based oral history and folklore not just in Cork, but on a national level. It enhances the postgraduate, researcher experience while also informing the knowledge base surrounding community research in general. The community and field base outreach journal, The Archive, one of two departmental publications, is in its 19th edition.
An Léann Dúchais Leictreonach, our Irish language outreach project funded by the HEA is unique in carrying out original ongoing folkloric and ethnographic research through the Irish language in Gaeltacht areas throughout the island and in all dialects. It enhances the department’s commitment to creating original teaching and research resources as well as to community engagement, digitization, multimedia publications, web content and interactive, community oriented repositories.
The department publishes a leading research journal, Béascna: UCC Journal of Folklore and Ethnology since 2002 encouraging postgraduates to participate as editors.