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Folk Arts Section

The Folk Arts Section of the American Folklore Society serves to promote and showcase research in all aspects of material culture scholarship. Members have interests that range from Tibetan altar creation to the landscape of the American west, from quilts made of unconventional fabrics to art cars. The section works to support not only the presentation of material culture scholarship via sponsored sessions at the American Folklore Society Annual Meetings but also the recognition and display of local art and artists at those meetings.

Section convener: Martha Sims (

The Folk Arts section also sponsors an annual Warren E. Roberts Prize for Best Student Paper in Folk Art, which provides a $100 honorarium. For more information about this award, see below.

Future plans for the Folk Arts Section at AFS Annual Meetings include development of section-sponsored mini-presentations with discussants, local site and museum visits in and/or near conference cities and promotion of more poster presentations.

For more information about the Folk Arts section or any of the projects it sponsors, please contact the section's convener, Martha C. Sims.

The Warren E. Roberts Prize for Best Student Paper in Folk Art

The Folk Arts Section of the American Folklore Society invites submissions for this annual prize. The recipient of the prize will receive a $100 honorarium. Papers written by undergraduate or graduate students on any aspect of folk art or material culture (broadly construed) within the last two academic years are eligible. The entrant must be a student in an academic program or have graduated within nine months of the deadline for submission, but membership in AFS or the Folk Arts Section is not required. Papers should be scholarly, incorporating solid research and analysis. Any accompanying photos or illustrations must be clearly reproduced. Previously published works will not be considered. Members of the selection committee are ineligible. The section reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year. One submission per person, please.

Interested applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

If submitted in hard copy, three legible copies of the paper (headed with its title), including all illustrations. PLEASE NOTE: To ensure blind judgment of papers, no identifying personal information should be included on these three copies: provide a separate sheet with contact information, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, school and program, year in school or date of graduation, and title of submitted paper.

If submitted electronically, papers and other items should be sent as either Microsoft Word document or .rtf file attachments, or PDF files. As with hard copy submissions, please no identifying information (other than title) on the paper itself. Include a separate document with contact information, as noted above.

Confirmation of receipt for electronic submissions will be sent.

Electronic submission of papers is encouraged.

Send all application materials to:

Martha C. Sims, Department of English, The Ohio State University, 421 Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus OH 43210 USA; or to

The annual online and postmark deadline for submissions is September 15.

Click here to join this American Folklore Society interest-group section.

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Click here to pay section dues ($5).

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