NEW YORK CITY, USA - JUNE 12, 2020: Crowd of people walk into the light of sunset at a peaceful protest march on 14th Street in Manhattan.

NEW YORK CITY, USA - JUNE 12, 2020: Crowd of people walk into the light of sunset at a peaceful protest march on 14th Street in Manhattan.

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AFS Is Every Day

Many people hear “AFS” and think “annual meeting,” but AFS is every day, not just in October! Throughout the year, you can participate in our community and our work in ways large and small. (We hope you’ll attend the annual meeting, too, though!)

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Members of the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee gather in 2019.

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Be a part of the premier professional society in the world devoted to folklore. 

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Spread the Word!

One of the most powerful ways to get involved is by becoming an advocate for the field and sharing all the wonderful things we do as folklorists and cultural practitioners.

Reach out, advocate, and promote work in our field

Join AFS Sections

Join the conversation in any of more than 30 special interest groups.

Even better, you can help shape the conversation! Section activities depend on the vision and commitment of section members.

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Women’s Section quilt made by members of the section to benefit the Elli Kongas-Maranda Prize, 1993 – 1995. The quilt was designed and pieced by Laurel Horton and Jane Przybysz, and quilted by the Fairview United Methodist Church Quilters of Camden, Arkansas.
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Volunteer at AFS

Want to be in the room where it happens? You can contribute to AFS activities in a range of ways, from giving a few hours at the annual meeting to serving on a committee that advises on current and future work.

Many service positions are appointed, and some elected. Are you willing to be called upon, now or in the future?

Let us know you’re available

Donate

Your contribution supports our ongoing activities, advances our long-term goals, and sustains us for the future.

Your generosity also makes it possible for others to get involved!

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