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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 http://www.h-net.org/~folk/

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 http://list.unm.edu/archives/publore.html for 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 http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=AFS-STORYTELLING&H=LISTSERV.AMERICAN.EDU

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 http://lists.willamette.edu/mailman/listinfo/asian-as-am-folklore

Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) listserv: to join, send an email to awsf@lists.usu.edu. For more information, see the AWSF website at http://awsf.wordpress.com/

Ballad-L: a listserv for any ballad/folksong scholar or enthusiast; to join, see http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=BALLAD-L&H=LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU

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 http://listserve.gmu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=folkwriters-l&O=A

StoryDiv -- Storytelling and Diversity: a listserv for people interested in storytelling and GLBTQ matters; to join, see http://listserv.american.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=STORYDIV


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 AmericanFolkloreSociety@gmail.com. The following forums are 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: http://www.afsnet.org/forums/topics.asp?forum=120647&

Exhibitions, Lectures and Performances, for announcement of events primarily intended for a local audience, organized by region: http://www.afsnet.org/forums/default.asp?

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: http://www.afsnet.org/forums/topics.asp?forum=120089&

Cultural Sustainability, for discussion and sharing resources in cultural sustainability and community-based folklife practice: http://www.afsnet.org/forums/topics.asp?forum=101406&; see also a closed Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/communitylore

Independent Consultants, for posting announcements and discussing issues and concerns relevant to independent consulting folklorists: https://afsnet.site-ym.com/forums/topics.asp?forum=98061&

Teaching, for discussion of teaching issues and sharing helpful resources: http://www.afsnet.org/forums/topics.asp?forum=98066&


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 cashman.11@osu.edu if you would like to start a new discussion group. The following AFS Sections are actively using the online group forums: 

Folklore and Creative Writing Section

Independent Folklorists

Blogs

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:  http://jasonbairdjackson.com/

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. http://cultural-property.uni-goettingen.de/blog/

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." http://boileddownjuice.com


Facebook/Google/Yahoo groups

AFS Folk Narrative Section: for members of the Folk Narrative Section, and individuals with an academic interest in the study of narrative folklore: http://www.facebook.com/groups/afs.folk.narrative/

AFS Nordic-Baltic Folklore Section, an open Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/401191829977743/

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL), open Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/69799860299/

International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, open Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ISCLR/

Jewish Folklore and Ethnology, a Yahoo group that anyone may join: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jfe/join

Facebook pages

AFS Latino and Chicano Sections: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AFS-Latino-and-Chicano-Sections/118786871562119?ref=ts&fref=ts

AFS Politics, Folklore and Social Justice Section: http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Folklore-Society-Politics-Folklore-and-Social-Justice-Section/497021950347458

 

Alabama Folklife: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003335992853&sk=wall

Alliance for California Traditional Arts: http://www.facebook.com/actaonline

American Folk Art Museum: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanFolkArtMuseum

American Folklife Center: http://www.facebook.com/americanfolklifecenter?ref=ts

American Folklore Society: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanFolkloreSociety

Arkansas Folklife Program: http://www.facebook.com/Arkfolk
 

Craft and Folk Art Museum: http://www.facebook.com/CAFAM

Association of Western States Folklorists: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-of-Western-States-Folklorists-AWSF/205684826133610

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Bloomington: http://www.facebook.com/IUFolklore

Florida Folklife Program: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Folklife-Program/269125086486927

Folk Arts in Southern Nevada: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Folk-Arts-in-Southern-Nevada/174180542650101

Folklore and Folklife Studies at Penn State University: http://www.facebook.com/PSUfolk

Folklore Society of Utah: http://www.facebook.com/utahfolklore

NewFolk (NewFolk@AFS Section): http://www.facebook.com/pages/NewFolk/116662955028108?ref=ts

Folklore Studies Association of Canada: http://www.facebook.com/pages/FSAC-ACEF/198293313549327

Heritage Crafts Association, an advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts: http://www.facebook.com/heritagecraftsassociation

International Organization of Folk Art: http://www.facebook.com/myiov

Keepers of Tradition: http://www.massfolkarts.org

Louisiana Folklore Society: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Folklore-Society/133209406713300

Maine Folklife Center: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maine-Folklife-Center/151329448214951

Maryland Traditions: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maryland-Traditions/128048226803

Mid-America Arts Alliance: http://maaa.org/SiteResources/Data/Templates/t1.asp?docid=514&DocName=HOME

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Atlantic-Arts-Foundation/244708135234

Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Middle-Atlantic-Folklife-Association-MAFA/218278148201347

Missouri Folk Arts Program: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Folk-Arts-Program/380611024828?ref=ts

Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.facebook.com/InternationalFolkArt

National Council for the Traditional Arts: http://www.facebook.com/NCTA1933

New York Folklore Society: file://localhost/New York Folklore Society/ http/::www.facebook.com:pages:New-York-Folklore-Society:76410462500

North Carolina Folklife Institute: http://www.facebook.com/ncfolk

Oregon Folklife Network: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Folklife-Network/127570350633649

Philadelphia Folklore Project: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-Folklore-Project/195221063871

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market: http://www.facebook.com/folkartmarket

Smithsonian Folklife Festival: http://www.facebook.com/smithsonianfolklifefestival

Smithsonian Folklife Education Resources: https://www.facebook.com/SIFolklifeEducation?ref=br_tf

South Arts: http://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Arts/159632124139792

Southern Folklife Collection: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Folklife-Collection/13912221650

Southern Foodways Alliance: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Foodways-Alliance/434342385540

Texas Folklife Festival: http://www.facebook.com/TexasFolklifeFestival

Traditional Arts Indiana: http://www.facebook.com/TradArtsIN

Vermont Folklife Center: http://www.facebook.com/vermontfolklifecenter

Western Folklife Center: http://www.facebook.com/westernfolklife



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