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The AFS Review publishes a wide range of materials, including essays, notes, and queries, as well as all the materials once included in the AFS Newsletter (news, reports, job postings, program listings, etc.). The goal of the AFS Review is to give us a place to reflect on, revise, or refine the things we do every day that actually instantiate folklore studies in the world, a space to capture the conversations that are already taking place among practicing folklorists.

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Folklorists in the News
Wednesday, September 16, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Luisa Del Giudice Hosts Episode of "Ethnological Matterings" »
Luisa Del Giudice shares her thoughts in SIEF’s “Ethnological Matterings” video series discussing oral history, migra...
Wednesday, August 26, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Christine Widmayer Discusses Chaldean Food Traditions on Eat Your Heartland Out »
AFS Member, Christine Widmayer, was featured on Eat Your Heartland Out , a radio show broadcasted on the Heritage Radio N...
Wednesday, July 29, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Ellen McHale Explains What Folklore Is to Taylor Swift Fans »
Schenectady's Daily Gazette wisely turned to New York Folklore's Ellen McHale for help understanding "folklore" when th...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Laura Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra Study Columbus as a Site of Discourse about Italians in US History »
AFS members Laura Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra had an article featured on Process: a Blog for American History , which addr...
Wednesday, July 22, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Maria Tatar Comments on the Resonance of the Tales about Mother-Daughter Relationships »
The Harvard Gazette interviews Maria Tatar, in which she discusses her book "The Fairest of Them All: Snow White and 21 T...
Friday, June 12, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Jeannie Thomas and Lynne McNeill Present 2019 Digital Trends of the Year »
AFS members Jeannie Thomas and Lynne McNeill review the  most influential digital trends of 2019, including the...
Thursday, June 11, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Alisha Jones and Zaheer Ali Discuss the "Power of Music in Protest" »
The Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) features Alisha Jones, an ethnomusicologist, and Zaheer Ali, an oral historian, in their...
Friday, May 29, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Maribel Alvarez Discusses How Folklore Serves as a Lens in Studying Global Issues »
Maribel Alvarez  describes folklore as a discipline that understands the ways of knowing that is grasped by oral trad...
Thursday, May 28, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Guardian Features Review of Maria Tatar's 2020 Publication »
Kathryn Hughes of  The Guardian  reviews Maria Tatar's  The Fairest of Them All:  Snow White and 21...
Wednesday, May 6, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Maribel Alvarez Comments on Circulating Legends about the Inventor of Hand Sanitizer »
Los Angeles Times  cites folklorist Maribel Alvarez who states that legends of Lupe Hernandez, a nursing student from...
Sunday, April 19, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Paula Krebs Highlights the Importance of Humanities »
MLA executive director Paula Krebs, calls for a new Works Progess Administration (WPA) for the humanities. She cites folkl...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Andrea Kitta Discusses Narratives that Arise out of Anxieties Surrounding Contagions »
In an article in  The Eastern Carolinian,  Andrea Kitta comments on the various narratives—some harmful while...
Friday, April 10, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Jeana Jorgensen Examines "Folklore, Pandemic, and You" »
Jeanna Jorgensen lays out how folklore is a good analytic tool as well as a "social and soulful balm" during a pandemic in...
Thursday, April 9, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Maribel Alvarez Calls Folklorists "Archivists of the Arts of Coping" »
Maribel Alvarez, of the University of Arizona Southwest Center, identifies folklorists as "first responders" in times of g...
Thursday, April 9, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sheila Bock Explores "Deliberate Infectors & Exotic Origins: The Folklore behind COVID-19" »
Sheila Bock examines the ways in which people's reactions to the novel coronavirus pandemic have mirrored other, earlier p...
Wednesday, April 8, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
New York Times Explores Collecting Culture on the Internet »
The New York Times spotlights the efforts of the Library of Congress to document internet culture, with a shout-out to Joh...
Wednesday, April 1, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Aljazeera Asks Andrea Kitta about Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories »
An Aljazeera news article features Andrea Kitta, who explains that conspiracy theories around COVID-19 recycle themes of...
Wednesday, April 1, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Wanda Addison "Folklorist of the Month" in the African American Folklorist »
A full-length interview with Wanda Addison appears in the premiere edition of The African American Folklorist , a newspap...
Wednesday, March 25, 2020   (1 Comment - view/add)
James Deutsch Describes "The Values—and Dangers—of Folklore during a Global Pandemic" »
James Deutsch shares how folklore--and a folklorists' perspective--helps make sense of the glut of information surrounding...
Monday, March 23, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Article on Baltimore's HonFest Cites David Puglia »
In his 2018 published book Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore “Hon,”  David Puglia examines Baltimoreans...
Monday, March 23, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Elizabeth Tucker and Simon Bronner Cited in Article about College Campus Legends »
AFS members Elizabeth Tucker and Simon Bronner contribute their insights on college campus legends in an article featured...
Friday, March 13, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Multiple News Outlets Share Andrea Kitta's Take on Epidemics »
Andrea Kitta connects current behavior during the coronavirus outbreak to past epidemics, drawing on research from her boo...
Monday, March 9, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Anne Pryor and Annie Hatch Join American-Scandinavian Foundation »
AFS members Anne Pryor and Annie Hatch have joined the American-Scandinavian Foundation 's (ASF) Scandinavian Folk Arts...
Monday, March 9, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Emily Blejwas Announced as New Executive Director of Alabama Folklife Association »
The Alabama Folklife Association (AFA) has announced a new Executive Director. Earlier in March, Emily Blejwas started as...
Wednesday, March 4, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Norma Cantú Named Finalist for Literary Award »
The Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) has recognized AFS president Norma Cantú, naming her novel  Cabañu...
Thursday, February 27, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Barry Jean Ancelet Comments on Mardi Gras Soundtrack on Good Morning Acadiana »
KATC TV went to folklorist Barry Jean Ancelet to learn more about music traditions in Mardi Gras celebrations in southern...
Friday, February 14, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Aria Code Podcast Features Maria Tatar on Rossini's Cinderella Opera »
The latest episode of the Aria Code podcast focuses on the history and contemporary resonance of fairy tales and the C...
Friday, January 17, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Milwaukee NPR Features Simon Bronner in Interview about New Year’s Resolutions and Traditions »
Simon Bronner explains the origins of New Year’s traditions to Milwaukee’s NPR Station, WUWM 89.7. You can listen to the e...
Thursday, January 16, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Grant from the American Religious Sounds Project Rewarded to AFS Member Leonard Primiano »
The American Folklore Society’s member, Leonard Norman Primiano, PhD, was awarded an American Religious Sound Project (ARS...
Friday, November 22, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Langston Wilkins Explains Popularity of Fred Rogers and Dolly Parton in Wall Street Journal »
Exploring the reach of pop icons Fred Rogers and Dolly Parton as folk heroes, a recent Wall Street Journal writer turned t...
Saturday, November 16, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Margaret Yocom Shares Her Poem on the Public Radio »
The Maine Public Radio hosted Margaret Yocom, an AFS member, as she read her poem " On the Path to the Sea, Kennebunkport,...
Thursday, October 31, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Benjamin Radford Presents Stories of Ghost of New Mexico and His Findings from His Studies »
Benjamin Radford shares ghost stories and comments on his approach of addressing belief as a folklore scholar in the talk,...
Thursday, October 31, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Jim Griffith Praised for His Accomplishments in Local Celebration »
A celebration was hosted in honor of Jim Griffith and his achievements, including the publication of his new book,  S...
Monday, October 21, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Dr. Michael Ann Williams Receives Kenneth Goldstein Award for Lifetime Academic Leadership »
AFS member Michael Ann Williams was awarded the  Kenneth Goldstein Award for Lifetime Academic Leadership at the...
Friday, October 11, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Beverly Stoeltje Recognized by AFS Panels, Indiana University News »
Two AFS Meeting panels honor the work of Beverly Stoeltje, and Indiana University’s  News at IU  helps explain w...

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