As reported by Inside Higher Ed, the American Association of University Professors has recently issued a recommendation for "curtailing the power of institutional review boards (IRB) and entrusting
researchers with the ability to decide whether individual projects
involving human subjects should be exempt from regulation." The article, which can be viewed by clicking here, cites the strong influence of humanities and social science fields—among them the field of Folklore—on the AAUP's verdict, indicating that AFS's advocacy on the issue in recent years has been making a difference. To read AFS's position statements on research involving human subjects—including the comments on proposed changes to the Common Rule that were submitted to the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 and figured strongly in the AAUP's recent recommendation—click here.