Current American Folklore Society President
Diane Goldstein (AFS President, 2012-2013)
Diane Goldstein is Professor and Chair of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. She formerly served as Past President of the international Society for Contemporary Legend Research. She is co-author, with Sylvia Grider and Jeannie Thomas, of Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore (2007), author of Once Upon A Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception (2004) and editor of one of the earliest interdisciplinary AIDS anthologies Talking AIDS: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (1991). Goldstein is also the author of numerous articles on the supernatural, vernacular health beliefs, folk religion, death and grieving, applied folklore, and narrative. Her ongoing interests include stigmatized illnesses, AIDS and HIV, health beliefs and cultural issues in health care, risk perception and management, public health law, rumor, legend and health narratives, legal narrative, and folk belief and religious folklife.
Recent Presidents of The American Folklore Society
C. Kurt Dewhurst (AFS President, 2010-2011)
C. Kurt Dewhurst serves as the Director of
Arts and Cultural Initiatives, and Senior Fellow, University Outreach
and Engagement, at Michigan State University, where he also serves as
Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the University's Museum and
as Professor of English. He is the author or co-author of: Artists
in Aprons: The Folk Arts of American Women; Religious Folk Art
in America; Michigan Folk Art: Its Beginnings to 1941;
Rainbows in the Sky: The Folk Arts of Michigan in the 20th Century;
Traditions at Work: Grand Ledge Folk Pottery; Michigan
Hmong Arts; MSU Campus: Buildings, Spaces, Places, and
co-editor of the Michigan Folklife Reader and To Honor and
Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions. He is co-editor of the
forthcoming publication Michiganders: Michigan Folk Traditions.
He has also curated over fifty museum exhibitions and festival
Elaine Lawless (AFS President,
Elaine Lawless, who received her PhD in folklore from
Indiana University, is Professor of English at the University of
Missouri. She is the author of five books, as well as many scholarly
articles and is the co-producer (with Elizabeth Peterson)
of the documentary film on Pentecostalism, "Joy
Unspeakable." At the University of Missouri she has received the Faculty
Alumni Award, the Kemper Award for Excellence in
Teaching, a Gold Chalk Award (for graduate instruction) and a Purple
(for undergraduate instruction), and the Chancellor's
Award for Research.
Bill Ivey (AFS President, 2006-2007)
Michael Owen Jones (AFS
Jack Santino (AFS President, 2002-2003)
He has worked on ethnographic films such as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle: The Story of the Black Pullman Porter. He has published scholarly articles in all major folklore journals, as well as American Anthropologist and Natural History magazine. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently Signs of War and Peace: Social Conflict and the Public Use of Symbols in Northern Ireland. From 1996 to 2000 he was the editor of the Journal of American Folklore.
In 1992-1993, Santino conducted field research in Northern Ireland with the aid of a Fullbright Research Fellowship and a British Council Attachment to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. In 2000 he was a guest professor at the Institute for North American Studies at the University of Alcalá, Spain.
Santino’s research interests include the celebration of American holidays and festivals; emergent rituals of death and politics, such as spontaneous shrines and public death memorialization; and the creative reinvention of ritual. He coordinates an annual conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display at Bowling Green State University.
Peggy A. Bulger (AFS President, 2001)
Bulger is the author of South Florida Folklife, with Tina Bucuvalas and Stetson Kennedy, (1994) and the editor of Musical Roots of the South (1992). She is the producer of many videos, including Music Masters & Rhythm Kings (1993), Every Island Has Its Own Songs: The Tsimouris Family of Tarpon Springs (1988), Fishing All My Days: Maritime Traditions of Florida’s Shrimpers (1985); and a number of recordings, including Deep South Musical Roots Tour (1992) and Drop On Down in Florida (1981). She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the New York, Kentucky, and Florida folklore societies, and she served as president of the American Folklore Society (2001).
Jo Radner (AFS President, 1999-2000)
Her research areas include oral narrative, feminist folklore, early Irish and Welsh literature and historiography, modern Irish and Scottish folklore, the contemporary storytelling movement, and the rural culture and history of nineteenth-century northern New England–all interconnected by a fascination with narrative and performance that also leads her to create and perform her own original stories. She is past president of the Celtic Studies Association of North America and the Washington Storytellers Theatre, a co-founder of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, and currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network. Her publications include Feminist Messages: Coding in Women’s Folk Culture (University of Illinois Press, 1993).
Strongly attached to her family’s home region of
Maine and eager to develop new careers in folklore and
storytelling, Jo is moving out of academic life to live
in New England as an independent folklorist,
and researcher. Aided by a Mellon Fellowship at the
Society, she is finishing a book on the creation and
of handwritten literary "newspapers" in
New England. She also conducts fieldwork in Maine, and
to develop and perform stories relating to New England
history (including current research on Rogers’ Rangers,
eighteenth-century Indian fighters, and on the Western
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Three-Day International Conference on Humour: Texts, Contexts
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International Conference: Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity