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Resarch of the Genre, Typological, and Structural Definition of Folklore Material

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.04.00  Humanities  Ethnology   

Code Science Field
H400  Humanities  Folklore 
genres, typology, systematics, databases, folklore, audio archive, ethnomusicology, folklore studies, ethnology
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  08191  PhD Marjetka Golež Kaučič  Ethnology  Head  2007 - 2010  495 
2.  04019  PhD Marija Klobčar  Ethnology  Researcher  2007 - 2010  418 
3.  26012  PhD Mojca Kovačič  Ethnology  Junior researcher  2007 - 2009  301 
4.  14493  PhD Drago Kunej  Ethnology  Researcher  2007 - 2010  386 
5.  22274  PhD Rebeka Kunej  Ethnology  Researcher  2007 - 2010  205 
6.  25649  PhD Marjeta Pisk  Ethnology  Junior researcher  2007 - 2010  152 
7.  27582  MSc Anja Serec Hodžar    Technical associate  2007 - 2010  68 
8.  23347  PhD Gregor Strle  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2007 - 2010  66 
9.  19466  PhD Urša Šivic  Ethnology  Researcher  2007 - 2010  404 
10.  04042  PhD Marko Terseglav  Ethnology  Researcher  2007 - 2010  469 
11.  32209  PhD Jerneja Vrabič  Ethnology  Junior researcher  2010  16 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  61,892 
The project investigates the issue of folklore genres, typology, types and classification models in folk song, musical and structural parameters in folk music, and ethnochoreological phenomena and, in connection with the information system of the Institute of Ethnomusicology, addresses the issues of the study, analysis, and typologizing of these phenomena at the levels of text, texture, and context. This determines how a particular work lives and endures at the textual and musical, performance and functional, and social levels, and it also broaches the issues of the organization of information and the introduction of conceptual models that enable the representation of the complex structure of the bibliographic and broader contextual relations that are interwoven in folklore material. The project will be based on existing manuscript and audio material, on an existing catalogue plan, and on the Institute’s field transcriptions, and it will be enriched with new field recordings of songs, instrumental music, and dance, followed by the basic goal of the project, which is the editing and development of basic theoretical and methodological concepts and phenomena in the study of folk song, music, and dance. This will provide Slovenian folklore studies with a long-awaited systematics and typologization of folklore phenomena and forms in textology, ethnomusicology, and ethnochoreology. This research will address basic issues in the field and the basic theoretical points of departure for all further research on folk culture. Through the interconnected systematic typologizing of folklore phenomena and forms, along with their folklore analyses and syntheses, and the construction and development of existing metadata models for an information system of the most recognized elements of identity in folk culture, the project will attempt to contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage. At the same time, the project will attempt to respond to ongoing questions regarding the genre and other typological classifications of folklore material – the most frequently posed terminological and scholarly questions today in the European and global academic communities.
Significance for science
With this research, Slovenian folklore studies will contribute to the genealogy and methodology of genre and typological folklore research, which did not have firm systematic and terminological foundations in the past, and at the same time, because of the originality and solidity of certain genres, it will be able to establish special classifications in folklore studies as well as offer various other branches of the humanities comparative analyses on the basis of this research, especially in the intertextual connections between folk and art in literary works and modern musical and dance phenomena. Thus disciplines such as musicology, literary studies, cultural studies, and others will be able to make use of the findings from this research. The consolidation and supplementation of terminological apparatus, which will be the basis for entry into the information system, is therefore of special significance. At the same time, new information models based on the scholarly systematization of folklore material will strengthen metadata standards and innovations, which means that various disciplines working on establishing and adding to the use of information technology for their material and data will be able to compare their efforts and achievements in this area. New technical standards in metadatabases will also offer well-grounded interdisciplinary research to scholars in Slovenia and abroad.The research will contribute to the connection and understanding of various areas of folklore studies and to bringing together current methods and directions in musicology, ethnomusicology, textology, and ethnochoreology. Partial goal of the research is the organization of genre, content and variant typology, which will enable systematic account of folk song variations. Folk song and music are based on verbal communication, with continuous changes, which consequently also affect their content and function; for purpose of effective scientific and research work, those changes have to be recorded in existing classification. This project represents both reflection and a new view on typological structure, developed by Slovene folkloristics and ethnomusicology since the beginning of previous century. The purpose is therefore to re/define the methodology and elements, that would enable us to upgrade the existing typological structure, both, in terms of ongoing changes that have influenced Slovene folk song, music and dance, as well as in terms of applying modern technologies that can make more precise records of these specifics. This should expand current comparative research as well as use of modern methods and technologies in research of Slovene folk song, music and dance.
Significance for the country
With accessibility in the information system, the results will enable a comparison of the musical structures of various ethnic musics, the comparative use of folklore genres, and the dance forms of various nations. The results of the research on connections between musical, folklore, and literary types will offer new and expanded knowledge that is applicable at all levels of education, especially in higher education with its current changes, thereby offering opportunities for expanding various aspects of research in theory and application. These findings will have an application in cultural policy. The results will be important for cultural development, especially in the systematization and application of information technology for cultural heritage. Knowledge of original folk cultural phenomena will be increased with later web accessibility with searchable data, and at the same time, in addition to the traditional preservation of folk culture, information technology will ensure that these phenomena are also preserved on other media as well. The collections from the archive of the Institute of Ethnomusicology are the most representative and systematic account of Slovene folk song, music and dance heritage. Their preservation and presentation are both important aspects of our cultural heritage as well as national identity. The important part of ongoing research of genre, typological and structural definition of folkloristic materials lies in typological strucure, representing these materials. The purpose of such structure is not merely in (though important) systematic organization and preservation of materials, but in representation of content and structural specificity of the folkoristic and ethnomusicological subject: folk song, music and dance. Typological structure is basically conceptual representation, its systematic organization assures more accurate research on structure of Slovene folk heritage as well as comparative research of typologies of other nations. This has been the main purpose behind the translation of 4300 variant types into English.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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