Folklore News

The 2014 Wayland D. Hand Prize for an Outstanding Book Combining Folkloristic and Historical Perspective: call for submissions

The Folklore and History Section of the American Folklore Society, publisher of the journal Folklore Historian, invites submissions for its biennial Wayland D. Hand Prize for an outstanding book that combines historical and folkloristic perspectives. A work offered for consideration can be an authored book, edited volume or reference work, or exhibition catalog published between June 2013 and June 2014.

The prize honors the eminent folklorist Wayland D. Hand (1907-1986), who in his teaching and scholarship encouraged historical methodology in folklore research. He was recognized for his effort by being awarded the international Giuseppe Pitre Folklore Prize and the Chicago Folklore Prize. The winner of the Wayland D. Hand Prize will receive 200 dollars and an accolade from the American Folklore Society. The prize-winning book will be publicized at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society and in the pages of the Folklore Historian. For a list of previous winners, visit the American Folklore Society's History and Folklore page.

Submissions can be from authors or publishers. Submit three copies of the submission for judges before June 15, 2014 to Professor Simon J. Bronner, American Studies Program, Penn State Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057 USA.

The 2014 Raphael Patai Prize in Jewish Folklore and Ethnology: call for papers

The Raphael Patai Prize is awarded for best unpublished essay on Jewish folklore and ethnology completed by a student between June 2013-June 2014.

Format and Guidelines: 8-12,000 words, in English, prepared electronically in Word (with in-text citations and reference list).

Deadline: July 1, 2014

Contact: Professor Simon J. Bronner, School of Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898, USA

The Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section of the American Folklore Society and the Committee on the Anthropology of Jews and Judaism of the American Anthropological Association invite submissions for its Raphael Patai Prize in Jewish Folklore and Ethnology awarded for the best unpublished student paper on Jewish folklore and ethnology completed between June 2013 and June 2014. Submissions are reviewed by an international committee and notifications are made by October 2014. Papers sent for the Prize are considered submissions to the book series Jewish Cultural Studies (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Oxford, UK) and should not be under review with any other publication. The winner of the prize receives $200 and a citation from the American Folklore Society.

The criteria for submissions are:

The prize honors the late Raphael Patai (1910-1996), renowned Hungarian-Jewish folklorist and ethnologist who taught at the Hebrew University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Princeton University, and Ohio State University.

For more information, see the AFS page on Jewish Folklore and Ethnology, or send email to Simon Bronner.

The Jack Henning Graduate Fellowship in Labor Culture and History

This fellowship has been established by the Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture and History to honor the life and work of Jack Henning, San Francisco labor leader. Its purposes is to encourage innovative study of the expressive culture of working people in the United States, their identities, philosophies, and the problems they encounter. For further information, visit the Henning Fellowship page.

Association of Western States Folklorists to meet concurrently with WSFS

The Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF), the professional organization of public sector folklorists working in the West, will hold its annual meeting separately but concurrently with the WSFS annual meeting, April 10-12, 2014. AWSF invites WSFS members who have registered for the WSFS meeting to join us for any sessions they would like, space permitting.

In particular, AWSF sponsors an annual field trip, affectionately known as The Graze, in which folklorists travel to sites of folkloristic interest in the area where the meeting is being held. The Graze will take place on Thursday, April 10, beginning at around 9 am and going until mid- or late afternoon. Among the sites planned are the location of the Bear River Massacre, in which upwards of 300 Northwestern Shoshone were killed by the U.S. Army. We will also likely visit at least one folk artist and see one or two historic barns. Transportation will be by private vehicle, so if you will have a car at the meeting and want to participate, please let us know. There is no cost for the Graze other than for gasoline and lunch, but we do need to know if you plan on attending so we can arrange carpooling. If there are not enough private cars to manage the number of people wanting to participate, or if the number of cars becomes unwieldy, we may have to rent a bus, in which case there would be an additional cost.

A meeting agenda will be made available by AWSF about one month before the meeting. Please send email to Elaine Thatcher or call 435.752.5920 to register for the Graze or with any questions about the AWSF meeting. Registration for the full AWSF meeting is through WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation). The registration fee has not yet been set, because it depends upon the costs of the meeting, which are still being determined. For information, please contact Elaine Thatcher or Chrissy Deal at WESTAF, or 303-629-1166. Visit the AWSF website to keep up with the planning of the AWSF meeting.

Note: The Association of Western States Folklorists and the Bridger Folk Music Society will sponsor a concert/presentation as a part of the AWSF annual meeting. It will be presented by Hal Cannon and Gary Eller on their recent research on folk songs of northern Utah and southern Idaho. The event will be Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 7pm at the Whittier Community Center in Logan, Utah. The Whittier Center is a downhill walk of approximately 1.5 miles from the University Inn, where most conference participants will be staying. Directions and rides will be provided at the meeting. Ticket prices will be approximately $10-13 and tickets will be available at the door. Information is available by email from Lisa Duskin-Goede, or by phone at (435) 713-1426 (work), (435) 752-9650 (home), or (435) 757-5420 (cell).

The Society has a new editor

Western States Folklore Society's new editor is Prof. Tok Thompson at University of Southern California. Please note his new address for all manuscript submissions except reviews by visiting the Contact Us page