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Monday, October 10, 2011

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American Folklore Society's national meeting begins Wednesday at IU Bloomington

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Oct. 10, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The American Folklore Society (AFS) will hold its annual meeting this week (Oct. 12-15) at Indiana University Bloomington, hosted by IU's highly respected Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

AFS chose as its meeting's theme "Peace, War, Folklore" to coincide with Themester 2012, "Making War, Making Peace." The organization has partnered with the IU College of Arts and Sciences and other groups to open several conference events to the public.

More than 700 folklorists from around the world -- including many IU alumni -- are expected to attend and exchange work and ideas, and create and strengthen friendships and working relationships.

"AFS meetings have almost always been held in larger cities, so it is extremely rare for a university to be selected as conference host," said John McDowell, chair of the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. "It is a testament to IU's importance within the discipline of folklore studies that the Bloomington campus was chosen for this honor."

While registration is required to participate in the meeting, several pre-conference and conference events will be open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, the events are free. They will include:

A number of the meeting sessions, including all the plenary addresses, will be available for viewing live online and will be archived and available after the meeting. More information is available at the AFS members' blog at

Information about the conference and registration is available at the AFS web site at Additional information about the meeting and Themester is available at

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