Contemporary Urban Folklore

Contemporary Urban Folklore

Lectures: 30

Seminars: 0

Tutorials: 0

ECTS credit: 3

Lecturer(s): red. prof. dr. Mencej Mirjana


Students get acquainted with the folklore outside its traditional contexts (in movies, advertising, political speech, tourism …). They become familiar with new forms of its transmission, especially through mass media and the internet. They understand contemporary urban legends as reflection of social and economic changes, a response of people to the tensions and anxieties affected by changes in society. Discussed is the role of folklore in maintaining group-, local- and ethnic identity. Students learn to recognise and analyse folklore in movies, advertising, internet, political speeches, graphites … A strong emphasis is put on the diverse manifestations of vernacular religiosity ranging from the cult of the Virgin Mary at urban shrines, through processions for various purposes, to phenomena labelled as New Age religiosity and alternative spirituality.

Through analysis of the selected articles students become acquainted with various forms of contemporary urban folklore and vernacular religion and methods of its studying.