Diane Tye, Professor and Head, Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Education and Accomplishments: PhD, Folklore, Memorial University (1989); MA, Folklore, Memorial University (1982); BA, English, Mount Allison University (1978). Most of my work explores aspects of foodways and/or intersections of gender and folklore. Books include: Baking as Biography. A Life Story in Recipes (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010), winner of the Elli Köngäs-Maranda prize 2010; co-editor with Pauline Greenhill, Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender, Drag (Utah State University Press, in press); and co-editor with Pauline Greenhill, Undisciplined Women. Tradition and Culture in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1997, winner of the 1998 Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize). AFS involvement: Member of the Foodways Section and co-editor with Mike Lange of Digest, the section’s online journal; member of the Women’s Section. Past service includes: President and all other positions on the Executive Board of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC); Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of FSAC’s journal Ethnologies.
Statement: Approximately one in eight AFS members resides outside the United States and as a member located in Canada, for the last eighteen years I have taught in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Department of Folklore. Seven of these years I have served as Department Head. Many of our graduates, like those of other North American folklore programs, are now making important contributions as public folklore professionals and academics while others are still seeking their opportunities. It is critical to the future of the society and to the discipline that AFS continues to promote awareness of our discipline’s practices and contributions in both universities and communities in ways that get heard. It must continue to create working groups, policies, and special projects that identify how to best accomplish this work. As a member of the AFS Executive Board, I would support existing opportunities and help to develop new initiatives that foster the increased participation of students and young professionals in this process, both in terms of the annual meetings and in charting the Society’s future directions. Another opportunity that I see for AFS lies in further developing its international presence as an advocacy group for folklore initiatives worldwide. I am committed to helping AFS explore ways in which the Society can best draw on and represent its growing international membership.