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AFS Executive Board Approves New Folklore and Science Section

Tuesday, October 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

The AFS Executive Board has approved a new section devoted to Folklore and Science, which will meet for the first time at the 2018 AFS Annual Meeting in Buffalo.

The Folklore and Science Section aims to provide a long-term forum for exploring the relationships among folklore and science, whether those domains are conceived as academic fields, worldviews, practices, or discursive framings. Though often approached as polar opposites, the two—like their sister notions tradition and modernity—are mutually constituting.

The section is invested in overcoming the vexing disconnects that arise from considering disciplines and domains independently. Members are committed to initiating and perpetuating dialogue across various disciplines and traditions, including the academic fields of animal behavior, agriculture, ecology, engineering, history and philosophy of science, information science, medicine, physics, political science, psychology, and public policy, as well as other fields concerned with cognition, physiology, technology, and the health of living systems more generally. Placing experimental science and scientific modeling in conversation with insights offered by our disciplinary orientations toward history, philosophy, rhetoric, phenomenology, performance, ethnography, and applied action, we can better investigate how understandings and applications of folklore and science inform, maintain, contest, and complement each other.

The section is currently in a very formative stage and welcomes your various perspectives and expertise:

  • Come to the section’s business meeting Friday, October 19, 12:45-1:45 pm, in Room 109.
  • Join our online group.

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