Folklore opens new vistas for understanding what counts as normal. Studies of disability by folklorists are especially provocative for their critiques of ableism, challenging concepts of cultural competence. This March 25, 2022 webinar, sponsored by the AFS Fellows, features Nora Groce, Phyllis May-Machunda, and Anand Prahlad, who are joined by scholars from both folklore and disability studies in a roundtable discussion following the presentations.
Building on the virtual forum on race at the AFS 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, this webinar turns to Latinidades and features four folklorists who will engage is in a discussion about folklorists studying both their own and other cultures.
At the 2020 AFS Annual Meeting, folklorists Andrea Kitta and Virginia Siegel hosted a workshop that introduced attendees to the world of Twitter, the social media platform that has become the digital communications tool of choice for everyone from scholars to pop
In this short video, folklorist Norma Elia Cantú explains why she is a folklorist. “I believe in the human spirit, and I believe the work we do nurtures that spirit.” Norma explains why it’s so important to proclaim the name folklorist in
In this Ted Talk, Kiran Singh Sirah, The President of the International Storytelling Center, talks about how to tell stories that change the world. Notice how he makes the case for storytelling and folklore. Back to Toolkit
With the increase in online content, there are more and more opportunities for folklorists to write about their research for a general audience. Rather than convince a journalist to write a story about your work, you can write the story yourself. It
Op-eds offer folklorists a chance to weigh in on important issues that can be informed by the work we do. The general rules of writing for the mass media apply here, including ensuring that our writing is clear, jargon-free, brief, makes a
Writing to your local newspaper can be an effective way to draw attention to a local issue. Letters to the editor are shown to be among the most-read sections of a newspaper, and are often read by government officials to get a
Press releases remain an excellent way to get your story to the media. But journalists typically receive dozens of press releases daily. Crafting your story for a particular media outlet is crucial to getting it picked up. Ideally, a press release will
Bad interviews are easy; good ones not so much. Here you’ll find some strategies for giving interviews that result in you actually showing up in the story and being called on again for future stories. TIPS FOR GIVING GOOD INTERVIEWS Prepare: Offering