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AFS Review

The AFS Review rounds up events, professional opportunities, and news in the field of Folklore, and supports comments. A bi-weekly email digest of recent AFS Review postings is emailed to the roughly 900 AFS members who opt in, including those who join in the free, web-only membership category.


H-Folk: A listserv on H-Net, H-Folk supports international conversation on research, teaching, policy, and historiography in the fields of folklore and ethnology. To join, go to

Publore: a listserv for the public folklore community. The Publore listserv was begun in November of 1996 by Claude Stephenson of New Mexico Arts, who still hosts the group. The platform offers a way to communicate with colleagues about issues of concern to public folklore, requests for information or assistance, job postings, announcements of events, exhibits and publications. To join, go to for a link to join or leave the list, as well as past Publore postings grouped by week.

AFS Archives and Libraries Section: a listserv open to all to discuss issues and spread word of events; to join, contact the Section convener; the current convener and more information about this section may be found on the AFS Archives and Libraries Section page.

AFS Folklore Latino, Latinoamericano, y Caribeño Section listserv: To be added to the listserv, contact the section convener or visit The current convener and more information about this section can be found on the AFS Folklore Latino, Latinoamericano, y Caribeño Section page.

AFS Women's Section listserv: afswomen@list.indiana.eduTo be added to the listserv, contact the section convener.  The current convener and more information about this section maybe found on the AFS Women's Section page.

Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) listserv: to join, send an email to For more information, see the AWSF website at

Ballad-L: a listserv for any ballad/folksong scholar or enthusiast; to subscribe visit and put "subscribe ballad-l" in the subject line of the prepared email message.

Folkwriters-L: a listserv for section members and other interested parties to keep up to date about the activities of the section, to work together to plan AFS events, and to share information, recommendations, and resources. To join, see

Mediterranean Studies Listserv: a listserv sponsored by the AFS Mediterranean Section; to join, email the current conveners, whose information may be found on the AFS Mediterranean Section page.


Other Online Discussion Groups


TRADSONG: The online discussion group for the Traditional Song Forum, based in United Kingdom.  Click on JOIN GROUP;

NORTH AMERICAN SONGSTER: A public discussion list specifically aimed at facilitating communication between those with an interest in cheap print in the USA and Canada;


Active AFS Open Forums

AFS Open Forums provide space for open-ended discussion; signed-in AFS members and web-only members may contribute to existing topics; anyone may read, and anyone may start new forums by submitting them to 

AFS Groups

The AFS website offers tools for discussion groups that are available only to discussion group members, and are used primarily by AFS Sections. To join AFS Section groups, visit


Facebook/Google/Yahoo groups or pages

AFS Archives and Libraries Section

AFS Children's Folklore Section:

AFS Dance and Movement Analysis Section:

AFS Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section:

AFS Folklore and Creative Writing Section:

AFS Folklore and Literature Section, closed Facebook group:

AFS Folklore and Museums Section:

AFS Folk Narrative Section: for members of the Folk Narrative Section, and individuals with an academic interest in the study of narrative folklore:

AFS Foodways Section, closed Facebook group:

AFS Graduate Student Section, open Facebook group:

AFS History and Folklore Section, open Facebook group:

AFS LGBTQA Section of the American Folklore Society, closed Facebook group:

AFS Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section, Facebook page: group that anyone may join:

AFS Latino and Chicano Sections: 

AFS Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section, open Facebook group:

AFS Mediterranean Studies Section, closed Facebook group:

AFS Music and Song Section, open Facebook group:

AFS New Directions in Folklore Section:  

AFS Nordic-Baltic Folklore Section, open Facebook group:

AFS Politics, Folklore and Social Justice Section:

AFS Transnational Asia/Pacific Section, Google Group:!forum/asian-as-am-folklore

AFS Women's Section, closed Facebook group:

Alabama Folklife:

Alliance for California Traditional Arts:

American Folk Art Museum:

American Folklife Center:

American Folklore Society:

Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts:

Arkansas Folklife Program:

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Bloomington:

Florida Folklife Program:

Folk Arts in Southern Nevada:

Folklore and Folklife Studies at Penn State University:

Folklore Society of Utah:

Folklore Studies Association of Canada

Heritage Crafts Association, an advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts:

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL), open Facebook group:

International Organization of Folk Art:

International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, open Facebook group:

Keepers of Tradition:; organization website:

Kentucky Folklife Program:

Louisiana Folklore Society:

Maine Folklife Center:

Maryland Traditions:

Mid-America Arts Alliance, organization website:

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation:

Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA):

Missouri Folk Arts Program:

Museum of International Folk Art:

National Council for the Traditional Arts:

New York Folklore Society:

North Carolina Folklife Institute:

Oregon Folklife Network:

Philadelphia Folklore Project:

Publore Annex, a Facebook group to complement the publore listserv:

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Smithsonian Folklife Festival:

Smithsonian Folklife Education Resources:

South Arts:

Southern Folklife Collection:

Southern Foodways Alliance:

Texas Folklife Festival:

Traditional Arts Indiana:

Vermont Folklife Center:

Western Folklife Center:

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