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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2023. № 4 (172), 832—840

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  • Doctor of Philological Sciences, professor,
  • Ivan Franko National University of Lviv,
  • 1, Universytetska Street, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine,
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Abstract. The article summarizes the main directions of folklore activity of the Ethnographic Commission (1898—1939), reveals the conceptual foundations of Ukrainian folklore studies in the late XIX — early XX century. The organizational role of the Shevchenko Scientific Society Ethnographic Commission in the formation and approval of scientific approaches, systematic research work is emphasized. In the context of the Society’s activities, the importance of prominent representatives — Ivan Franko, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Volodymyr Hnatiuk as initiators of folklore work — is highlighted.

At the present stage in the period of resumption of the activities of the Scientific Society of T. Shevchenko issues the development of Ukrainian science remain relevant. The object of research is the history of folklore, in particular the activities of a special commission in the field of this science, the subject is the interpretation of achievements during the period of active work of the Shevchenko Scientific Society. The purpose of the proposed article is to summarize and analyze the scientific-theoretical and publishing work of the Ethnographic Commission, to show the continuum and continuation of its activities at the present stage of development. Emphasis is placed on publications that have become classics of Ukrainian folklore. In the context of modern challenges, the vision and prospects of solving problems in the future are designed.

The material for the article was published monographs, collections, as well as reference books and archival materials. The research methodology is based on the complex involvement of various methods, principles and concepts.

Keywords: Scientific Society. Shevchenko, Ethnographic Commission of the Shevchenko Scientific Society, section of folklore, generalization, systematization, scientific principles, publishing activity.

Received 19.07.2023


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