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Nordic-Baltic Section

The Nordic-Baltic Section is open to all who are interested in Nordic-Baltic folkloristics or the folklore of the Nordic or Baltic countries, irrespective of its origins, including the circumpolar areas and Nordic or Baltic minority groups around the world. The purpose of the Nordic-Baltic Section is to advance folkloristic studies connected with any and all of these fields of interest and connect scholars all over the world whose work bears on those subjects. Both members and non-members of AFS are welcome to join the section.

The section sponsors sessions on Nordic and Baltic folklore at the AFS annual meeting, and awards a student prize.

Section dues help support the Boreal Prize, awarded to outstanding article-length student essays on a folklore topic having to do with Northern Europe and/or the diasporas of its various peoples. Submissions may be at any stage of the publication process: unpublished, under review, accepted for publication, or already in print. Submissions must be written in English.

The prize consists of a modest cash award and a year’s subscription to Arv, the Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. Students who wish their essay to be considered must send a copy to the chair of the Prize Committee, who will distribute them for blind evaluation by a panel of three. In order to be considered for the 2016 prize, please submit publications by email (as pdf or Word attachments) by September 23, 2016 to Tok Thompson,

Section dues are $15 per year, $10 for student members. For more information on the Section and its activities, please contact one of the section co-conveners: Guntis Šmidchens from the University of Washington ( or Merrill Kaplan from the Ohio State University (, or the section's graduate student co-convener, Marcus Cederström ( from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. You can also join us on Facebook in the AFS Nordic-Baltic Section group.

Click here to join this American Folklore Society interest-group section. Click here to pay section dues.

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