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CFP: Missouri Folklore Society Journal Special Issue on Public Folklore

Tuesday, February 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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The Missouri Folklore Society Journal (MFSJ) seeks proposals for a special issue on public folklore, particularly in Missouri. In particular, MFSJ requests essays that explore the ways that "traditional expressive culture” has been, is, or might be presented for public audiences (Baron and Spitzer, 2007). MFSJ seeks articles and essays from professional folklorists, traditional artists and stewards of living traditions, arts administrators, festival producers, traditional arts presenters, and community scholars.
Potential topics and formats include, but are not limited to:
  • Historical retrospectives on Missouri projects: exhibitions, art forms, festivals, artists
  • Original research, description, and/or interpretation of Missouri folk communities and/or arts
  • Original creative works, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual forms
  • Overviews or personal reflections on Missouri projects
  • Public policy at the local, regional, state, or national level that affects folk communities and support for the folk arts in Missouri
Deadline for 200-300 word proposals is March 1, 2016. Completed submissions are due by May 31, 2016. Proposals and completed submissions should be sent via email as Word document attachments addressed to Lisa L. Higgins and Jackson Medel, Special Issue Co-Editors, at with the subject "public folklore.”

Per the Missouri Folklore Society Journal, authors are not required to be members of the Missouri Folklore Society (MFS). MFS takes first rights and reprint rights (including the right to archive with such services as EBSCO); authors retain all others, though MFS requests a courtesy notice on republication. The usual manuscript length is 18-25 pages (plus apparatus). APA and MLA styles of documentation are acceptable. Authors must be able to document permission or public domain status for all images.

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