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AFS Collecting Data about Folklore Programs for National Humanities Departmental Survey

Friday, September 14, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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Data collection for the second Humanities Departmental Survey, a national effort to gather quantitative data across the humanities disciplines, will begin this fall. The second survey will include several disciplines and fields not covered in the first survey four years ago, including (as the result of AFS advocacy) folklore studies.

The results of the last survey became the basis for a good deal of national policy-making across the humanities, so it is particularly important that information from our field be taken into account in this and future surveys. (For information on the first survey, visit

So that they know whom to contact when data-gathering begins, the coordinators of the study have asked AFS to provide the following information on any US department, center, or program that offers BA, MA or PhD degrees in folklore studies:

• Name of current department chair or center/program director

• Email address for the chair or director

• Title for chair or director

• The department’s, center's, or program's formal name

• Name of university or college

• City and state for each department, center, or program

If your undergraduate or graduate folklore studies students receive degrees in related fields (for example, in English or anthropology), but a significant amount of the content of their studies is in folklore, then you meet the criterion and should respond.

Please send this information to Executive Director Tim Lloyd at no later than Thursday, September 27. As you can see from the bulleted list above, sending this information should take only a few moments of your time. Your response will also help AFS keep up to date on the universe of US academic folklore. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Tim Lloyd.

Thank you for your attention to this important project.

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