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David Buchan Lecture
Thu 16 November 2017, 18:30 – 21:30 GMT
The David Buchan Lecture was launched in 2015 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Elphinstone Institute. The lecture is in memory of the influential ballad and contemporary legend scholar who was also the Institute's first appointed director. This annual event places Ethnology and Folklore firmly in the university calendar and appeals to a wide audience across the university as well as to the general public.
The 2017 David Buchan Lecture will be given by Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, Professor Carl Lindahl, Fellow of the American Folklore Society and Professor at University of Houston. Lindahl is a highly-regarded American folklorist who has worked in a diverse range of areas, from American folktales to narratives of disaster and hope with victims of Hurricane Katrina. For the lecture, he'll explore the contemporary power of narrative and the importance of understanding how it works in a wide range of settings, from everyday life to times of strife and stress.