The Kommission für Volksdichtung

The Kommission für Volksdichtung is an international association of song scholars, founded in 1966 (in Freiburg, Germany). We meet annually for a conference on ballads and other genres of traditional song. 

Academics, performers, and enthusiasts come together from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives to discuss themes and motifs, questions of gender and national identity, orality and performance, computer methods of classification, the intellectual history of our discourse, and much more.

  • Programme for this year's conference in Palermo can be found here.