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The Journal of American Folklore Is Only One of AFS's Many Publications

Friday, June 14, 2013   (0 Comments)
Many people think that AFS publishes only the Journal of American Folklore, but did you know that the American Folklore Society’s active and growing publications and communications program now comprises 11 elements, many of them made possible by fruitful AFS partnerships with other organizations?

1. The Journal of American Folklore, currently in its 125th year as part of the core canon of our field, edited by Tom DuBois and Jim Leary of the University of Wisconsin, published for AFS by the University of Illinois Press, and distributed in hard copy and online by the press, JSTOR, and Project MUSE

2. The Journal of American Folklore multimedia site, onto which authors can publish audio and visual materials to supplement and evidence their JAF-published work

3. The peer-reviewed journals or annual publications of five AFS sections: Children’s Folklore Review, Digest, The Folklore Historian, Jewish Cultural Studies, and New Directions in Folklore

4. The AFS web site, edited by Lorraine Walsh Cashman, which provides information about the Society and field and many information services to members—including job notices, a calendar of events in the field, and discussion forums

5. Embedded in the web site, the online publication the AFS Review, edited by independent folklorist Sally Van de Water, containing announcements, news, essays, and opinion pieces (all AFS members receive a twice-monthly online digest of AFS Review news items by email)

6. The Open Folklore web portal to a variety of useful open-access resources (books, journals, websites, and gray literature) for folklore studies, a partnership of AFS and the Indiana University-Bloomington Library

7. The AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus, an open-access online controlled-vocabulary tool for the description of ethnographic research and collections, edited by a committee based at the American Folklife Center and maintained by the Indiana University-Bloomington Library

8. The folklore volume of the annual MLA International Bibliography, the result of a partnership between AFS, Indiana University’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, whose graduate students index materials for the volume, and the Modern Language Association, which publishes it

9. The H-Folk international listserv for folklore scholarship, maintained by a partnership of six folklore societies worldwide, including AFS

10. The AFS Annual Report, a snapshot of AFS activities and participation for a given year

11. The Field of Folklore Studies and the American Folklore Society, a digital flyer in PDF format that introduces students to the field of folklore studies and to the Society

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