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New Folklore and Museums Section Welcomes Inaugural Members

Monday, November 24, 2014   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

Museum-oriented folklorists accomplished a lot at the 2014 AFS Annual Meeting. In addition to a rich array of papers, presentations, panels, workshops, museum gatherings, and exhibition openings, the Santa Fe meeting marked the inauguration of the Folklore and Museums Section, which was created by the AFS Executive Board during its fall business meeting.

Established as an outgrowth of the AFS Folklore and Museum Policy and Practice Working Group, the Folklore and Museums Section exists to foster communication and cooperation among museum-oriented folklorists, to advance the contribution of folklore studies scholarship and practice in museum settings, and to articulate museum-oriented folklorists with other colleagues, institutions, and organizations in the museum sector. The section aims, whenever possible, to cooperate with other sections of the American Folklore Society and with peer-organizations in the field.

Jason Baird Jackson, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, serves as the new section’s convener; all are welcome to join the Folklore and Museums Section and to get involved in the shaping of its work, including its activities during the coming year. Joining the section will enable you to stay connected and to learn about, and shape, plans and activities as they are being formulated. Please email if you have any questions or comments about the section.

Click here to join this American Folklore Society interest-group section.


Suzanne Seriff says...
Posted Monday, November 24, 2014
Congratulations on the formation of the Folklore and Museums Section! i look forward to having a place to go to share resources and build our capacity as museum-oriented folklorists. I also wanted to remind everyone about the second annual Experiments in Exhibition Workshop for our upcoming meetings in Long Beach! Now's the time to get in from the ground up: join the organizing team; form the organizing team; forward an idea for a topic, a collaborating space, an experiment related to the intersection of folklore and museums/exhibits/storefronts/material spaces! Contact Suzy Seriff or Carrie Hertz with your ideas or if you'd like to plan next year's workshop:,

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