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AFS Seeks the Next AFS Review Editor

Monday, July 23, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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John Laudun of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the current editor of the AFS Review, will be stepping down this year. The American Folklore Society’s Executive Board thanks Dr. Laudun for his service to our field, and now invites proposals from candidates for the editorship of the AFS Review.

The AFS Review is an online publication that debuted in 2010 with the launch of the revised AFS website. Currently, it publishes a range of materials, including essays and notes, 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 serve as a vehicle for professional communication throughout the year on a variety of topics, including—but not limited to—discussions of student issues and concerns; reports on current research, projects, and other undertakings in the field; considerations of ethical dilemmas; musings on current ideas, approaches, and theories; descriptions of courses and teaching methods; queries about documentary equipment and techniques; and guides to resources. AFS Review postings are open to comment from AFS members, and thus the Review can serve as a forum for discussion of opinions and issues as well as a news vehicle.

The AFS Review editor has two main responsibilities:

1. Soliciting and editing non-news items (essays, thought pieces, opinion pieces) from the membership for publication in the AFS Review. In this work the editor can call upon the assistance of an AFS Review editorial board, which s/he has the authority to appoint. Our goal is that the Review will publish at least one such item every month.

2. Working with the AFS staff to make certain that news of interest to our members is made available through the Review.

The editorship has a term of three years—January 2013 through December 2015—and carries with it a stipend of $1,000 a year that may be used to support any of the costs of the editor’s office and activities.

To apply, candidates should submit a letter articulating their vision for the AFS Review, detailing their qualifications or areas of expertise, and proposing some future content. Please include a current CV with this letter.

The deadline for submitting applications to AFS Associate Lorraine Walsh Cashman ( is September 15, 2012. Please submit your application as a Word or PDF attachment to an email. If you have questions, please contact her at the same email address.

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