The American Folklore Society is not a US-only organization. AFS's membership is significantly international--at present, about 1 in 8 AFS members lives outside the United States.
In addition, we maintain cordial professional relationships with a number of similar national and international societies around the world, including the:
Since 2008, AFS has partnered with several of these societies to coordinate the design and operations of the H-Folk international listserv for folklore scholarship.
The Society is currently engaged in specific partnerships in two countries--China and Mexico--intended to build and strengthen relationships between folklorists and folklore organizations in those countries and those in the US. Our initial partners in this work are the China Folklore Society and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia/National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico.
Our China partnerships have been underway since 2007, and have led to funding from the Henry Luce Foundation for the support of the first phase of the China-US Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Our partnerships with Mexico began in early 2010, and presently includes a small program of exchange of scholars and public folklorists, thus far primarily funded by our partners abroad with additional modest support from AFS. As these partnerships develop, we hope to find outside funding for longer-term efforts.
AFS also participates in the intangible cultural heritage protection activities of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), headquartered in Paris, and the World Intellectual Property Organization/Organization mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
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