Pennsylvania Folklore Symposium, May 17-19, 2018

I will be speaking at the Pennsylvania Folklore Symposium, an ideal place to share interests and ideas with others concerned for folklore and folklife studies not only in Pennsylvania, but around the world.

View the preliminary program for the
Pennsylvania Folklore Symposium

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for Folklore, Folk Art PA/Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,
and the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association.

Register online by March 15, 2018 to attend!
If you would like more information or are interested in having an event added to the program, contact the Center staff at
Thursday, May 17-Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
The Pennsylvania Folklore Symposium will bring together academic and public sector folklorists and students from across the state and region in order to highlight the achievements and issues in the field of folklore, and open a discussion on how to better collaborate and coordinate between institutions and with artists, participants, and creators.


Registration fee includes most meals (see program for complete list of included meals). Affordable on-campus lodgings available.

Oxford Handbook Site Launched

The “landing site” for the Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies has gone live today: Two chapters appear now as samples–Mieder on proverbs and De Caro on folktales–and more should be added in the coming weeks (21 of the 43 chapters are now in press).  In addition, chapters with the keyword of folklore and folklife can be searched at the Oxford Handbooks Online page of, which should be available to most of you through your institutional databases (usually under the database of Oxford Reference). The print volume with over 1000 pages will be out in 2019. I can also offer as a preview an open-access essay on “The Challenge of American Folklore to the Humanities” for your reading at