The American Folklore Society invites all inquiries from members of the media interested in the compelling and timely news and research emerging from the folklore community.
Folklorists study the traditional art, stories, knowledge, and practices of a people. We are active in all areas of our society, studying expressive culture in education, healthcare, poverty, and immigration. And folklorists are experts in a wide range of topics, including issues recently covered in the news such as fake news, cryptozoology, legends, holidays, internet memes, traditional and world music, the supernatural, and COVID-19.
Folklorists’ Insight on Hot News Topics
Inside Higher Ed: Welfare and the American Dream
House Committee on Appropriations: The Effects of COVID-19 on Arts and Humanities Organizations
The Week: The Enduring Legend of Bigfoot
Texas Public Radio: Hispanic? Chicano? Latinx? What’s In A Name?
Western Kentucky University Public Radio: What’s Fake News Got to Do With Folklore? WKU Professor Explores Connections in New Article
The Meiji at 150 Podcast: Episode 71 – Dr. Michael Dylan Foster (UC Davis) discusses yōkai, the supernatural spirits and monsters of Japan
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Folklorists in the News
- Congratulations to Gloria M. Colom BrañaWe’re excited by the news that IU Folklore and Ethnomusicology doctoral candidate Gloria M. Colom Braña started her work this week as the Historic Preservation Program
- Remembering Frank de Caro: A Conversation with Folklorists Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, Nick Spitzer, and Robin RobertsJoin the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and folklorists Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, Robin Roberts, and Nick Spitzer for a Bright Lights Online conversation about
- Margaret Magat Discusses Balut with Nancy Yan on New Books NetworkDr. Nancy Yan recently talked to Dr. Margaret Magat, author of Balut: Fertilized Eggs and the Making of Culinary Nationalism, a rich study and deep analysis of
- NoiseFilter Podcast Features Andrea Kitta’s Research on COVID-19Andrea Kitta’s scholarship on folklore and public health appeared in a recent episode of NoiseFilter, a daily podcast that focuses on important information regarding COVID-19. The
- John Burrison Reflects on Changing Gender Roles in Northeast Georgia Pottery for the AJCJohn Burrison, curator of The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, was interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) about the museum’s current exhibit on women potters, “The Men