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AFS Announces Next JAF Editors

Friday, September 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

The AFS Executive Board has selected the next editors of the Journal of American Folklore from George Mason University, welcoming incoming editor-in-chief Lisa Gilman and associate editors Benjamin Gatling and Debra Lattanzi Shutika.

The editorial team will begin acquiring work later this year; their first issue will appear in winter 2021 and their term will run through the issues to be published in 2023. Our new editors are in conversations about the transition with the outgoing editorial collective at Western Kentucky University including editor-in-chief Ann K. Ferrell, co-editor Kate Parker Horigan, and associate editors Brent Björkman, Erika Brady, Tim Evans, and Michael Ann Williams. We will issue an announcement to the membership once the new editors are prepared to receive and evaluate submissions. You can meet the new editors at the 2019 AFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

Please join the Board in thanking these colleagues for their willingness to serve the Society and the field by taking on this major scholarly-communications leadership role.

The Journal of American Folklore, the quarterly journal of the American Folklore Society since the Society's founding in 1888, publishes scholarly articles, essays, notes, and commentaries directed to a wide audience, as well as separate sections devoted to reviews of books, exhibitions and events, films and videotapes, sound recordings, and web sites. Its contents are not restricted to folklore in the United States; in fact, the Journal publishes materials on folklore and from folklorists anywhere in the world.


The contents of the Journal reflect a wide range of professional concerns and points of view. Articles present significant research findings and theoretical analyses from folklore and related fields. Essays are interpretive, speculative, or polemic. Notes are narrower in scope and focus on a single, often provocative, issue of definition, interpretation, or amplification. Commentaries briefly address topics raised in earlier articles.

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