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New Set of Interviews Released in the "Why I'm a Folklorist" Series

Thursday, November 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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"Why I'm a Folklorist" is an ongoing film project initiated by AFS President Kay Turner. Over sixty short interviews have been filmed for the project, thirty-four of which are currently available online. To view all of the "Why I'm a Folklorist" interviews published so far, please visit the "Why I'm a Folklorist" playlist on the American Folklore Society Youtube channel.

In these short interviews, Kay asks colleagues from across our varied discipline to explain why they are folklorists in just two minutes or less. For more information about the "Why I'm a Folklorist" project, visit the description of the project published in the AFS Review on October 5, 2017.

The set of twenty-nine new videos published this month includes many (but not all) of the interviews that were shot during fall 2016 and spring 2017 at folklore events in Chapel Hill, NC and Bloomington, IN. The "Why I'm a Folklorist" interviews recorded at the 2017 AFS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis as well as more of the interviews that were filmed in Bloomington in the spring are currently in post-production. These will be published on the AFS Youtube channel as they become available.


If you would like to tell your own story for this project, or if you would like to host a "Why I'm a Folklorist" filming event, please contact Kay Turner or the American Folklore Society (


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