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About AFS Sections

The American Folklore Society is home to more than 30 special-interest groups that serve as gathering places and forums within the Society for people with common interests in the field.


Many groups serve primarily as conversation groups, and simply hold gatherings at the Society’s annual meeting where members can share news about work in their areas of interest.

Other groups are active throughout the year:

  • Some sections maintain on-going conversations in their areas of interest using the group tools on the AFS website, listservs or other social media tools, like Facebook or Google groups. AFS interest groups that foster online discussion off of the AFS website may be found on Online Folklore Communities and Discussion Groups, an editable directory that can be found under Folklore Commons/Folklore Wiki/Publications and Communications.
  • Some sections give prizes to recognize and encourage good work in their area(s) of interest.
  • A few sections produce publications. Subscriptions to these publications are included in section membership.
  • Find out more about the specific activities of individual groups by checking their public pages in the AFS Section List or by reviewing their annual reports in the AFS Annual Report, starting in 2012. If you still have questions, contact the conveners listed on each page for more information.


Anyone may freely join AFS sections. You must have a current membership — as an AFS member or as a free Sections Only member — to add or renew AFS sections and discussion groups.

You have direct control of your AFS online group membership: sign up to follow any AFS group, interact online with other members, and receive AFS group communications. See Join AFS Sections for more information.

Members of AFS sections can fully participate in a group-member-only online community within the AFS website itself, which supports collaboration via group web pages, wikis, forums, blogs and galleries. (For more about AFS online tools, see FAQ). Note: Some AFS sections do not use the online tools for anything but essential announcements. However, any section member may initiate discussion or file sharing. For help, contact your section convener or Associate Director Lorraine Walsh Cashman.

See Join AFS Sections for more information about adding and managing groups.

If you are already a member of sections, you can go directly to your own section groups: sign in, then select Groups in the Profile menu.

Though anyone can freely join AFS sections, most sections depend on annual dues to support activities such as prizes and publications; the dues amount varies from section to section (see Pay Section Dues—All Sections at a Glance).

You can submit your annual section dues payments when you join AFS or renew your AFS membership; you will have a chance to add section dues to your AFS membership dues payment. Alternatively, you can submit section dues payments at any time in the online store

If you are not already a member of the group when you submit your dues payment, AFS staff will add you to the group when your registration is processed; allow up to one week for AFS to process your request. See FAQ: Sections if you have further questions about this process.

Section Conveners

See Resources for Section Conveners


Forming New AFS Sections

See Guidelines for Forming New AFS Sections


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