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History and Folklore

The History and Folklore section of the American Folklore Society is devoted to historical approaches to the study of folklore and the history of folklore studies. The interests of the section include topics of historical folk narratives, folk biography, museology, oral history, local and regional history, material culture, public heritage, and historiography.

It sponsors a Facebook group at www.facebook.com/gropus/historyandfolklore. It sponsors panels, events, meetings, and forums at the annual American Folklore Society meeting and virtually at other times of the year. It publishes an annual journal The Folklore HistorianFor submission and publication information, write Professor Stephen Gencarella [[email protected]].

The section also sponsors prizes to promote the field, include the Wayland D. Hand Prize for an outstanding book in English integrating folklore and history and the Richard Reuss Prize for outstanding paper in English by a student on the integration of folklore and history. For more information, contact Simon J. Bronner [[email protected]].

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Sign in to the AFS Member Portal to join the section and ensure you’re receiving section communications. All of your section involvement can be managed under My Info.

Click here to pay section dues ($15 regular, $10 student). Only dues-paying members of the section receive The Folklore Historian.

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