|New Directions in Folklore Section|
In 1997, a small band of folklorists formed NewFolk@AFS, the online
community dedicated to pushing the envelope of folklore
particularly in the exploration of contemporary culture.
the years since it began, NewFolk@AFS grew, both in its
and in its impact on the scholarly community. In 2000—the
millennium—our members petitioned to create a formal section
American Folklore Society, and in 2001 that petition was
approved. Then in 2013, the section changed its name to the New Directions in Folklore Section.
So here we are coming to you from the AFS website to invite you to become a member of the section and read and contribute to New Directions in Folklore, one of the pioneers of online folklore scholarship.
New Directions in Folklore scholars are dedicated to innovative work around issues of emergent folklore in the modern world. Emergent folklore arises out of the need for new kinds of community or new strategies for maintaining and dealing with communities faced with change. Emergent folklore may make use of traditional genres—jokes, song, narrative, material culture or may create new genres. The materials, sources, or means of transmission such as electronic media are influenced by the issues and problem of "modernization," which both includes and transcends popular culture. New Directions in Folklore questions the concept and role of tradition as a cultural and intellectual construction working with, as well as against, forces of modernity.
Here are some links where you can find out more about the New Directions in Folklore Section and our activities:
The New Directions in Folklore Listserv Community (now defunct)
New Directions in Folklore, the section's journal
The Bill Ellis Prize is awarded annually for the best graduate student essay that combines research and analysis on folklore, broadly construed, and digital culture, popular culture, or new media.
8/1/2016 » 8/5/2016
CWI's Summer WEST Institute
8/18/2016 » 8/20/2016
The 2016 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference