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
The AFS Find an Expert database will connect you directly to experts according to subject area, geographic area, or subfield. If you need additional help finding a source for a story, email us with your query.
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Folklorists in the News
- Elaine Thatcher Profiled on Transition from SummerfestThe Utah-based local web publication Cachevalleydaily.com recently profiled folklorist Elaine Thatcher in honor of her retirement as executive director of the Summerfest Arts Faire in Logan County, UT.
- Nic Hartmann Advocates for Safe Shelter in Community-Based OrganizationFolklorist Nic Hartmann was recently the subject of a profile in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based newspaper The Gazette.
- What Folklorists Do: Professional Possibilities in Folklore Studies Is Now Available for Pre-OrderThe Indiana University Press has just announced that What Folklorists Do: Professional Possibilities in Folklore Studies, edited by former AFS executive director Timothy Lloyd, will be available
- 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