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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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Folklore and Education Review
Thursday, April 18, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Folklore & Education Graduate Seminar Syllabus »
Tim Evans, Associate Professor of Folk Studies & Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, teaches the Folklore &am...
Thursday, April 18, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Update from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage »
By James Deutsch, Program Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage –– Cultural Research...
Thursday, April 18, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Traditional Arts Programs for Students: An After-School Model »
By Zoe van Buren, Folklife Specialist, North Carolina Arts Council –– At the North Carolina Arts Council, the Fol...
Thursday, April 18, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Cooking with Folklore: Recipes from the Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore »
Explore “Cooking with Folklore”: an adventure for the taste buds across the interdisciplinary realm of food. Collected by...
Monday, April 1, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Folklore and Education Newsletter, Spring 2017 »
The Spring 2017 Newsletter of the Folklore and Education Section of the American Folklore Society is available  here...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Participate in the 2019 Anthropology MA Career Survey »
A team of graduate students from the University of North Texas, in cooperation with the American Anthropological Associati...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Decorated Mortarboards: Forms and Meanings »
Are you decorating your grad cap for commencement this year? Have you decorated one in the past? Join Dr. Sheila Bo...
Thursday, October 4, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Query about Estonian “Pisu Hand” and Native Lore on Strange Creatures in Canada »
By Dee Eller — Hi, I have two questions if anyone knows.... 1. When I was a kid my mom who was Estonia...
Tuesday, June 26, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Information about the Historical Use of Folklore Questionnaires in Europe? »
By Dorian Juric (McMaster University) — Dear Folklorists, I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a resource for...
Friday, June 1, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Artist Seeking Collaboration for Creation of Catalogued Directory of Traditional Dances in Benin »
The query below was sent to AFS from Mr. Vianney Jean-Marie M. Vidjennagni , an artist, dancer, actor, and choreographer...

Featured Folklorist
Wednesday, November 14, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Featured Folklorist: Betty Belanus (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage) »
  Betty Belanus holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University. She served as the Indiana State Folk...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Featured Folklorist: Ellen McHale (New York Folklore Society) »
Ellen McHale is the Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society, a position that she has held since 1999. She serv...
Thursday, September 13, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Featured Folklorist: Elinor Levy (Arts Mid-Hudson) »
Elinor Levy joined Arts Mid-Hudson in September 2016 as the Folk Arts Program manager. A native of Oakland, California, sh...
Friday, September 7, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Featured Folklorist: Christine Zinni (The College at Brockport, Explore & More Children's Museum) »
Christine Zinni, PhD. is on the Local Planning Committee for the 2018 AFS Annual Meeting in Buffalo. She is a member of th...
Tuesday, August 14, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Featured Folklorist: Jan Rosenberg (Heritage Education Resources, Inc.) »
Jan Rosenberg, founder and President of Heritage Education Resources, Inc. (HER), has been active in the AFS Folklore and...

In Memoriam
Monday, January 22, 2018   (1 Comment - view/add)
Barbro Klein, 1938–2018 »
By Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett —  When I first came to New York City in 1972, Alan Dundes said, “You must me...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Thomas Vennum, 1934–2017 »
By Guha Shankar (Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)  —  When the ne...
Thursday, September 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Venetia Newall (1935-2017) »
By Elizabeth (Libby) Tucker (Binghamton University)  —  Venetia Newall was born in London in 1935 and pa...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Bill Lightfoot (1940-2016) »
By Barry Lee Pearson (University of Maryland) with Sarah Lightfoot  —  Bill Lightfoot and his wife Elizab...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
William H. Wiggins Jr. (1934-2016) »
By Phyllis May-Machunda (Minnesota State University Moorhead)  —  Bill Wiggins was an academic and public...

Thursday, September 29, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Advice from the Dark Side, Part 2 »
By Mark Workman --Editors’ Note: At the 2014 annual meeting in Santa Fe, the AFS sponsored a session titled “Adv...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Advice from the Dark Side, Part 1 »
By J. Sanford (Sandy) Rikoon  --Editors’ Note: “Advice From the Dark Side: University Administrators He...
Monday, April 7, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Response to "Why I Can't Stand White Bellydancers" »
by Andrea Kitta (East Carolina University)—   On March 4, 2014, Salon published an article, written by Randa...
Monday, January 14, 2013   (2 Comments - view/add)
Folklore Studies in China and the China Folklore Society: A Brief Introduction »
by Juwen Zhang (Willamette University/Dartmouth College) -- At the beginning of the 20th century, China...
Monday, October 8, 2012   (0 Comments - view/add)
On Jay Mechling’s “You Can’t Teach Folklore” »
by Bob Bethke (University of Delaware, retired) -- Editor’s note: The essay by Jay Mechling discussed in the...

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