Finding Funding for Your Work in Folklore Studies

November 26, 2019
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
TBA
Tim Lloyd

a Workshop w/ Tim Lloyd 

(Senior Advisor for Partnerships for the American Folklore Society &
American Folklore Society Executive Director from 2000 to 2018)

In order to practice in the field of folklore studies fully and effectively, and to ensure through that practice the community and vibrancy of the field as a whole, folklorists need to become familiar with the field’s past and present institutional and professional landscape, including those organizations that provide financial support for folklore research and public education. These workshops will lead to that familiarity by providing you with:

  • an overview of the institutional history of the field of folklore studies
  • an ethnographic introduction to the current institutional landscape of the field in academic, government, and non-profit settings
  • practical information about the primary organizations that fund folklore work, and about successful strategies for finding support for your work in the field

Reading and Writing Assignments for Course Credit

Before the February 12 workshop, participants seeking course credit should read the AFS publication 100 Years of American Folklore Studies: A Conceptual History (Washington, DC: American Folklore Society, 1988), available openly online in the AFS space within the Indiana University institutional repository at https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/9008

Before the March 4 workshop, participants seeking course credit should read the “Match Your Project to a Grant Program” page of the National Endowment for the Humanities website (https://www.neh.gov/grants/match-your-project), select one of the NEH granting programs listed on that page and read the online information about it, and—based on the guidelines of the granting program you select—write a one-page, single-spaced description of a project of interest to you that you would submit to that program. Submit your description, which should also contain the name of the NEH program to which you are applying, as a Word document to Tim Lloyd at therealtimlloyd@outlook.com no later than March 1.

Workshop Leader Information

Timothy Lloyd is Senior Advisor for Partnerships for the American Folklore Society and was the Society’s Executive Director from 2000 to 2018. Before his time at the Society, Lloyd spent his career in folklore and cultural policy work for agencies of the US national government, including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, and in similar posts in the state governments of Ohio and Maryland.

A student of Pat Mullen, Dan Barnes, and Francis Lee Utley, Dr. Lloyd received his BA in literature and anthropology and his MA in design from The Ohio State University, and his PhD in American studies and folklore from The George Washington University, where he studied with material culture and vernacular architecture scholar John Michael Vlach. His research interests include cultural policy, foodways, occupational culture, and the history of public practice in the field of folklore studies. He has published articles and reviews in the major American folklore journals and abroad.

Dr. Lloyd has served as a board and committee member, AFS representative, or consultant for many US and international organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He has extensive research and teaching experience in the US, China, Finland, France, and the United Kingdom.

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