Diane Goldstein, Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
Graduate degrees in Folklore/Folklife from University of Pennsylvania (MA 1982, PhD 1987). Employment: Professor and former Chair, Indiana University; Professor and former Head, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland; University Research Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Publications include: author, Once Upon A Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception (2004), co-author Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore (2008), co-editor The Stigmatized Vernacular: Where Reflexivity Meets Untellability (2016), as well as a number of other works on narrative, health, trauma, violence and belief. AFS member since 1979, Lifetime member since 2008, Fellow of the American Folklore Society, co-chaired the program and local arrangements committees for the meeting in St. John’s (1991) and the meeting in Bloomington (2011), member of the JAF editorial board (2000-2006), co-chaired the multi-panel sub-program for the Social Justice Section entitled “Silenced Voices” (2002), AFS Folklore and Public Policy Committee 2007-2009, Working Group on Folklore and Health Policy 2008-2010, Lifetime Achievement Committee, AFS Development Committee Chair (2014-2016), Executive Board (2005-2008), President (2012-2013).
As a longtime member of the Society and as a former President, I know how important the nominating committee is to all of the many activities of AFS. I believe it is crucially important that the suggested slates for President, the Executive Board, and the Nominating Committee truly represent the membership, both as the membership is now and in terms of where we hope our membership will grow in the future. Diversity is a cornerstone of that nominating process. I have worked hard on issues of cultural diversity in the Society over the last twenty years and I am committed to creating principles for nomination that encourage truly diverse and inclusive leadership. As a member of the nominating committee I would be committed to continuing the effort toward cultural diversity, while also thinking of our slates in terms of other types of representation that are important to our members including geographical area, types of institution/employment, emerging leadership and seniority, gender, specialty and focus, etc. I believe that our board makeup needs to be thought of with an eye that always looks forward a minimum of three years, taking into consideration the tenure of each elected member and anticipating future representational imbalances.