The American Folklore Society congratulates all the honorees and prize recipients named in 2021. For more information on prizes and honors awarded by AFS and its sections, please click here.
American Folklore Society Honors
The following individuals received AFS lifetime achievement awards for 2021:
- Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and New York University, emerita) received the American Folklore Society Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award.
- Diana N’Diaye (Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage) received the Américo Paredes Prize for excellence in integrating scholarship and engagement with the people and communities one studies.
- Varick A. Chittenden (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) and Teresa Hollingsworth (South Arts) received the Benjamin A. Botkin Prize for lifetime achievement in public folklore.
- Marilyn White (Kean University, retired) received the Judith McCulloh Award for Lifetime Service to the Field for extraordinary contributions in service that advance the visibility and success of the American Folklore Society or the field of folklore studies, making it possible for other folklorists to do their best work.
- Dorothy Noyes (The Ohio State University) received the Kenneth Goldstein Award for Lifetime Academic Leadership.
Other AFS honors went to:
- Tom Mould received the Chicago Folklore Prize, honoring the best book of folklore scholarship of the year, for Overthrowing the Queen: Telling Stories of Welfare in America (2020).
- Kyle Decoste (Columbia University) received the Zora Neale Hurston Prize given to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best work in any medium on African American folklore for his role as co-author in the collaborative book Can’t Be Faded: Twenty Years in the New Orleans Brass Band Game (2021).
Fellows of the American Folklore Society
The following individuals were named to the Fellows of the American Folklore Society:
- Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis
- Maggie Holtzberg, Massachusetts Cultural Council
- Moira Marsh, Indiana University
- Tom Mould, Butler University
- Solimar Otero, Indiana University
- Amy Skillman, Goucher College
- Marilyn White, Kean University, emerita
The following individuals were named Honorary International Fellows:
- Marion Bowman, Open University, United Kingdom
- Song Junhua, Sun Yat -sen (Zhongshan) University, China
AFS Section Prizes and Awards
The Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section awarded the 2021 Don Yoder Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper in Folk Belief and Religious Folklife to the University of Maine PhD student Minglei “Hart” Zhang.
The Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section awarded Cade Williams, an A.B. candidate in Anthropology and Folklore and Mythology at Harvard College, the 2021 William A. Wilson Prize for the best undergraduate student paper in religious folklife and folk belief, for his paper “Christ of the Confederacy: A Case Study of Romantic Nationalism and Contradiction in Folk Religious Discourse.”