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14/09/2016. Schedule of the Thursday updated!

13/09/2016. Slight programme updates! Please, follow the changes in the programme.

09/09/2016. Unfortunately a keynote speech by Trevor J. Blank has been cancelled! Please, follow the changes in the programme.

26/08/2016. Programme updated (chairs changed for session 2, 5 and 6).

18/08/2016. Abstracts published online!

12/08/2016. Programme updated (session 8 and 10).

08/08/2016. Slight programme updates.

02/08/2016. Practical information updated. See INFO.

01/08/2016. Programme updated.

08/07/2016. Preliminary programme published!

22/04/2016. The acceptance letters sent.

20/04/2016. The registration is open! Please, register by May 20.

15/03/2016. The call for papers is closed! More than 30 inspiring submissions have been received from all around the globe.

01/03/2016. The invited speakers of the conference: Trevor J. Blank (Potsdam, USA), Lauri Harvilahti (Helsinki, Finland), Christoph Schmitt (Rostock, Germany).


In cooperation with the SIEF Working group on Archives and the Network of Nordic-Baltic Tradition Archives, the Archives of Latvian Folklore invites proposals for papers and digital demonstrations for a conference devoted to the rapidly evolving field of digital folkloristics. Invited speakers of the conference include:
Trevor J. Blank (Potsdam, USA), Lauri Harvilahti (Helsinki, Finland), Christoph Schmitt (Rostock, Germany).

During the last few decades, the use of information technology has become an inherent aspect of everyday life; the discipline of folkloristics faces an interdisciplinary “digital turn” and the extension of the folkloristic “field” into the realm of virtual reality. In folklore archives and other cultural heritage institutions, the engagement with IT has evolved far beyond the simple creation of digital copies and cataloguing. The expansion of digitally mediated environments, tools and methods for folklore collecting, processing and research as well as for communicating with the “folk” promises to change the archival world by becoming a sustainable axis for folklore research.

The presence of information technology has been persistent enough in the daily agendas of tradition archives and folkloristic research to launch a reflexive discussion about the disciplinary outcomes, challenges and perspectives of “the digital age”.

The conference welcomes proposals on papers that relate to the theory and practice of digital folkloristics and that suggest digital demonstrations. It intends to address a range of critically important issues clustered around three thematic dimensions:

  • research perspectives: methods, thematic possibilities of digital folkloristics, social media and the internet as a folkloristic “field”, virtual communities and communicative practices, etc.
  • archival practice: digital life of intangible cultural heritage; pioneers of digitising; accessibility of tradition archives; the challenges of digitally-born data; online folklore collecting and representation; the creation of digital environments and digital folklore archives; public participation and the phenomena of crowd-sourcing, etc.
  • ethical challenges: ethical codes in use; openness of archives vs. archival ethics; national and international regulations and restrictions, etc.

  • Please submit your proposals by March 15, 2016 to Sanita Reinsone (

    Submissions should include: the name and affiliation of the participant(s), the title and abstract of the presentation (up to 200 words) and the type of presentation (paper or demonstration).

    Acceptance notifications will be sent shortly after April 15.

    Do not hesitate to contact us with questions!



    National Library of Latvia

    The venue

    The conference venue will be located in the building of the National Library of Latvia (Mūkusalas street 3, Riga). Since 2014 it is also the home of Archives of Latvian Folklore and grants well equipped premises that provide all necessities for a scholarly meeting.

    IT services and support Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the conference venue. Staff at the venue will be available to provide technical and IT support.

    How to access

    The venue of the meeting is easily accessible from the centre by public transport, taxi or walking. Trams (e.g. No. 5 and No. 4) and buses (e.g. No. 22 and No. 3) run close to all the hotels, cross the bridge and stop close to the conference venue at the stop 'Nacionālā bibliotēka'.

    It is highly recommended to take identification documents with you!

    The entrance in the conference centre of the National Library of Latvia will be possible without identification document, however, the guided tour (floor 5) and the reception (floor 11) on September 14 will be possible with identification document only. Please note that all bags (also small bags) must be left at the lockers at the cloakroom if you enter the library premises outside the conference centre! All valuable items could be transferred to the special transparent bags. Safety deposit for the key – 1 EUR coin (notes could be changed in the special box on the wall). Coin will be returned when the key is placed back to the locker

    National Library of Latvia

    Travel and getting around

    By air

    Riga International Airport (RIX) is located just 10 km from the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport or taxi. It offers routes to 83 destinations, including most European capitals and transfer hubs.
    Airport inquiries service: +371 29311817.

    From the airport to the city

    Getting to the city centre from the airport takes around 25-30 minutes by public transport or taxi. Taxi services are available at Riga airport 24 hours a day and are located outside the arrivals area. The average fare from the airport to the city centre (Old Town) is € 15-20. The fare depends on both distance and time.

    Airport Express departs every 30 minutes. At Riga Airport the shuttle bus stops near the exit of the “E” terminal arrivals hall. Journey from Riga Airport to city centre takes approximately 20 minutes, but during rush hours it may take longer. One way fare: EUR 5. Tickets are available in the internet:; on board: airBaltic flights; at the Riga International Airport: Welcome to Riga" office - arrival hall "E", airBaltic office - departure hall "F".

    Public transport bus No 22 connects the airport with the city centre. You will get out straight at the terminal on the 2nd level. To get on the bus at the airport look for bus stop located opposite the terminal behind the car park P1. Frequency 10-30 minutes, journey time to city centre about 30 minutes. A ticket for one trip can be bought from the bus driver 2.00 EUR, but if you buy it before commencing your trip at the airport services and tourism information bureau "Welcome to Riga", in a ticket vending machine at the stop of Bus 22 and in Narvesen press kiosks at Level 1 and 2 of the terminal. Regular one-way ticket will cost you EUR 1.15 EUR.

    If you are going to the conference venue you have to get off the bus at the stop ‘Nacionālā bibliotēka’ (around 20 minutes from the airport). More information and the schedule for bus No 22 can be found at Rigas Satiksme web page.

    By sea

    The Stockholm – Riga line is served by Tallink.

    By land

    There is a bus service between Riga and many European countries. This route is served by Lux Express and Simple Express, Eurolines and Ecolines, and others

    There is an international passenger train service between Riga and Minsk, Moscow, St Petersburg. This route is served by LDZ CARGO Ltd.


    The conference is organized by the Archives of Latvian Folklore (ILFA, UL) in cooperation with the SIEF Working Group on Archives and the Network of Nordic and Baltic Tradition Archives.

    The team

    Sanita Reinsone

    Sanita Reinsone

    Lead researcher
    Archives of Latvian Folklore (ILFA, UL)

    Rita Treija

    Rita Treija

    Lead researcher and head of
    Archives of Latvian Folklore (ILFA, UL)

    Aigars Lielbardis

    Aigars Lielbārdis

    Archives of Latvian Folklore (ILFA, UL)

    Elina Gailite

    Elīna Gailīte

    Research assistant
    Archives of Latvian Folklore (ILFA, UL)

    Digne Udre

    Digne Ūdre

    Research assistant
    Archives of Latvian Folklore (ILFA, UL)

    Kristine Pokratniece

    Kristīne Pokratniece

    Archives of Latvian Folklore (ILFA, UL)

    Thanks for assistance and support: Ave Goršič, Justīne Jaudzema, Elvīra Žvarte, Amanda Jātniece and all staff of the Archives of Latvian Folklore.


    Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme

    Nordic Culture Point project "The Network of Nordic and Baltic Tradition Archives"


    EUSBSR Seed Money Facility project "Connecting Digital Archives of Intangible Heritage"


    Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia: Basic budget sub-programme 05.04.00