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Online Folklore Communities and Discussion Groups
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H-Folk: A listserv on H-Net, H-Folk supports international conversation on research, teaching, policy, and historiography in the fields of folklore and ethnology. To join, go to

Publore: a listserv for the public folklore community. The Publore listserv was begun in November of 1996 by Claude Stephenson of New Mexico Arts, who still hosts the group. Issues of concern to public folklore, requests for information or assistance, job postings, announcements of events, exhibits and publications--all are available through Publore. To join, go to a link to join or leave the list, as well as past Publore postings grouped by week.

AFS-Storytelling: a listserv open to all, used primarily by the AFS Storytelling Section for program and prize announcements; to join, see

AFS Archives and Libraries Section: a listserv open to all to discuss issues and spread word of events; to join, contact the Section convener; the current convener and more information about the Section may be found on the AFS Archives and Libraries Section page.

Asian-As-Am-Folklore: a listserv sponsored by the AFS Eastern Asia Folklore Section for all who work on Asian and Asian American folklore; to join, see

Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) listserv: to join, send an email to For more information, see the AWSF website at

Ballad-L: a listserv for any ballad/folksong scholar or enthusiast; to join, see

Folkwriters-L: a listserv for section members and other interested parties to keep up to date about the activities of the section, to work together to plan AFS events, and to share information, recommendations, and resources. To join, see

StoryDiv -- Storytelling and Diversity: a listserv for people interested in storytelling and GLBTQ matters; to join, see

AFS Review

The AFS Review provides an overview of events, professional opportunities, and news in the field of Folklore, and supports comments. A bi-weekly email digest of recent AFS Review postings is emailed to AFS members.


Active AFS Open Forums

AFS Open Forums provide space for open-ended discussion; signed-in AFS members and web-only members may contribute to existing topics; anyone may read, and anyone may start new forums by submitting them to The following forums have been active:

Cite Unseen, for sharing sites/cites for or about folklore and folklorists -- interesting websites, collections or publications, developments in the field, uses and misuses of folklore:

Exhibitions, Lectures and Performances, for announcement of events primarily intended for a local audience, organized by region:

Annual Meeting, for organizing panels, sharing transportation, housing or child care, and any other issue of interest to those who will take part in the conference:

Cultural Sustainability, for discussion and sharing resources in cultural sustainability and community-based folklife practice:; see also a closed Facebook group at

Independent Consultants, for posting announcements and discussing issues and concerns relevant to independent consulting folklorists:

Teaching, for discussion of teaching issues and sharing helpful resources:

Active AFS Groups

The AFS website offers tools for discussion groups that are available only to discussion group members. See AFS Sections for more information. Contact Associate Director Lorraine Walsh Cashman at if you would like to start a new discussion group.

The following AFS Sections have actively used the online group forums:

Independent Folklorists:

Nordic-Baltic Folklore Section:

Public Programs Section:



Shreds and Patches: the blog of Jason Baird Jackson, Indiana University: topics regularly addressed include material culture and museum ethnography, Native American Studies, scholarly publishing and open access:

Blog of the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Cultural Property: Blog of a German Research Foundation-funded project coordinated by Regina Bendix. Critical discussion of intangible cultural heritage, cultural property, and related issues by European and US folklorists and ethnologists as well as their collaborators in anthropology, economic policy, and international law.

The Boiled Down Juice: Blog edited by Meredith Martin-Moats. Serves as a forum exploring "the intersection between sustaining community traditions and positive community-based change and action." Gives special attention to the Ozarks and to "music, food, and all the other ways humans express the art of living."

Facebook/Google/Yahoo groups or pages

AFS Latino and Chicano Sections:

AFS Folk Narrative Section: for members of the Folk Narrative Section, and individuals with an academic interest in the study of narrative folklore:

AFS Folklore and History Section, open Facebook group:

AFS Music and Song Section, open Facebook group:

AFS Nordic-Baltic Folklore Section, open Facebook group:

AFS Politics, Folklore and Social Justice Section:

Alabama Folklife:

Alliance for California Traditional Arts:

American Folk Art Museum:

American Folklife Center:

American Folklore Society:

Arkansas Folklife Program:

Craft and Folk Art Museum:

Association of Western States Folklorists:

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Bloomington:

Florida Folklife Program:

Folk Arts in Southern Nevada:

Folklore and Folklife Studies at Penn State University:

Folklore Society of Utah:

NewFolk (NewFolk@AFS Section):

Folklore Studies Association of Canada:

Heritage Crafts Association, an advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts:

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL), open Facebook group:

International Organization of Folk Art:

International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, open Facebook group:

Jewish Folklore and Ethnology, a Yahoo group that anyone may join:

Keepers of Tradition:

Louisiana Folklore Society:

Maine Folklife Center:

Maryland Traditions:

Mid-America Arts Alliance:

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation:

Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA):

Missouri Folk Arts Program:

Museum of International Folk Art:

National Council for the Traditional Arts:

New York Folklore Society: file://localhost/New York Folklore Society/ http/

North Carolina Folklife Institute:

Oregon Folklife Network:

Philadelphia Folklore Project:

Publore Annex, a Facebook group to complement the publore listserv:

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market:

Smithsonian Folklife Festival:

Smithsonian Folklife Education Resources:

South Arts:

Southern Folklife Collection:

Southern Foodways Alliance:

Texas Folklife Festival:

Traditional Arts Indiana:

Vermont Folklife Center:

Western Folklife Center:

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