American Folklore Society, International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR): 2016 annual meeting Videos

The American Folklore Society’s YouTube channel now hosts videos of six sessions videotaped at the 2016 annual meeting in Miami, a joint conference of AFS and the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR):

Dan Ben-Amos’s Don Yoder Address for the AFS Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section, “Kol Nidre, The Prayer That Haunted the Rabbis and Charmed Their Folks”

Erika Brady’s Francis Lee Utley Address for the AFS Fellows, “Axel’s Mask: A Family Tale”

Carolyn Dinshaw’s Presidential Invited Address, “Rip Van Winkle in the East Village: Queer Times in Stories, Stories in Queer Times”

Ellen Kushner’s Stith Thompson/Phillips Barry Lecture for the AFS Folk Narrative and Music and Song Sections, “(Re)Writing ‘Thomas the Rhymer’: A Fantasy Writer Finds Truth (and a Fool-Proof Plot) in Folklore”

Ulrich Marzolph’s ISFNR Address, “Big Data of the Past: 19th-Century Folk Narrative Researchers and Their Relevance for the Discipline’s Future”

The “Her-Story: A Feminism and Folklore Retrospective” forum session reviewing folklorists’ studies of gender and feminism since 1970, including the “Folklore and Feminism” sessions at the 1986 AFS annual meeting in Baltimore

In the coming weeks we will be posting more than 50 additional videos of annual meeting sessions from 2004 to 2015, starting with those from 2004, including Alan Dundes’s final address to the Society.

The URL for the AFS YouTube channel’s playlists (we’ll create a new playlist for each year’s videos) is


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