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Why Are You a Folklorist? Tell Your Story at 2017 AFS Meeting

Thursday, October 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Meredith McGriff
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"Why I’m a Folklorist" is a new film project initiated by AFS President Kay Turner. Five of these interviews can be previewed on YouTube now when you visit the Why I'm a Folklorist playlist.

In a spontaneous moment at an AFS board meeting dinner in 2016, Kay took out her iPhone and began asking those seated nearby "Why are you a folklorist? You've got two minutes to tell me." More formal filming events followed, resulting in more than 50 interviews that will be premiered at the 2017 AFS Annual Meeting, and will soon be available publicly on the AFS YouTube channel.

Colleagues from across our discipline–grad students, newly minted and long-tenured professors, public folklorists, adjuncts and activists–have already participated. Kay says, "The eloquence, emotion, and sheer variety of claims made is outstanding. None of the interviews lasts more than a few minutes, but in those brief moments with folklorists, the viewer gains a real sense of why people join our field. In part, this project fulfills the Society's request and the Board's goal to bring folklore to a wider world."

More "Why I'm a Folklorist" interviews will be filmed at our annual meeting in Minneapolis. Ask for information at registration to learn where and when you can tell your story.

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