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16.02. 2013

CFP: 2013 American Folklore Society, stipends for International Participants

The Society's 2013 annual meeting will be held on October 16-19 at the Omni Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

The theme for the meeting, on which presentations will be encouraged but not required, is "Cultural Sustainability":

March 31 is the deadline for:
•Submitting a proposal for an individual presentation or a pre-organized session, and for participants in pre-organized sessions to register for the Annual Meeting. Pre-organized session participants must submit all necessary proposal information to their session chairs well in advance of the deadline.

•Proposals for Special Events. AFS sections, university folklore programs, and other organizations that want to request a time and space for any of several kinds of special events (including professional development workshops, section business meetings, section-sponsored lectures, receptions, performances, jam sessions, and the like), can do so through a separate process that does not require registration or fee payment.

For more information see: http://www.afsnet.org/?2013AMOnlineProposal

•Applications for AFS Stipends for International Participants.

AFS Stipends for International Participants

The American Folklore Society warmly encourages the attendance of folklorists and other cultural specialists from outside the United States.

A limited number of travel stipends will be available on a competitive basis for international scholars and practitioners at a junior level who are participating in the annual meeting program. Stipends will vary between $500 and $800, depending on the availability of funds and the number of applicants. Previous recipients of international travel awards are not eligible to apply.

The AFS particularly encourages applications from individuals who have limited or no institutional support for travel, as well as from independent scholars and freelance practitioners. Applicants should be in the early stages of their careers. Please note: this award is primarily for international scholars traveling to the meeting from abroad, rather than for international scholars already residing in North America.

To apply for a travel stipend, please send the following:
•A letter introducing yourself and your work and describing how you will benefit from attending the AFS meeting.
•A statement of purpose (no more than 100 words) in which you briefly outline the paper or presentation you plan to make.
•A brief statement explaining how you will communicate your experience of the meeting to your home professional context. (The overall goal of the travel awards is to increase international communication and awareness of international issues in our field. Since the AFS has limited funding available, it is important for applicants to communicate their experience effectively to a larger professional community back home.)
•A current curriculum vitae.

The deadline for submission of applications is March 31. Applications must be made by email. You must also submit all proposal and registration forms and information (as specified elsewhere in this Invitation for Participation) to the main AFS address by the same deadline. Please direct your inquiries and applications to Michael Dylan Foster at fosterm@indiana.edu.