The Journal of Folklore and Education

JFE annually publishes outstanding content from authors who know the value of teaching local knowledge, art, stories, and culture. We seek submissions of articles, model projects, multimedia products, teaching applications, and student work accompanied by critical writing that connects to the larger frameworks of the announced theme of the current Call for Submissions. We are currently inviting submissions for the special issue Teaching with Ethnographic and Folk Arts Collections: Challenging History.

We encourage submissions inclusive of perspectives and voices from underrepresented communities. We invite educators to share shorter pieces for “Notes from the Field.” Nonconventional formats are also welcomed, such as lesson plans, worksheets, and classroom exercises. Media submissions, including short film and audio clips, will also be considered. 

Research-based writing that theorizes, evaluates, or assesses programs that use folklore in education tools and practice are also welcomed. These research articles may intersect with the theme, but all submissions with a research component will be considered. We encourage authors to contact the editors to learn more and explore whether their concept might be a good fit.

Write for our upcoming issue on Teaching with Ethnographic and Folk Arts Collections: Challenging History

In 2021 Local Learning received funding to engage a consortium of experts from around the nation to develop learning materials for Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS), the Library of Congress’ premier educational program focused on helping educators enhance students’ critical thinking, analysis skills, and content knowledge using the Library’s collections of millions of digitized primary sources. The Local Learning project team offers teaching tools and materials that engage the digitally available archival holdings of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress alongside local and regional collections, bringing them into conversation with each other to create a fuller, more complex narrative of American communities, history, and people. This special issue of the Journal of Folklore and Education offers a deep dive into ethnographic primary source materials, organized around the theme “Challenging History.”

Cover of Journal of Folklore and Education 2022, Vol. 9, Death, Loss, and Remembrance Across Cultures, Bretton A Varga and Mark E Helmsing, Guest Editors

Read the 2022 Volume on Death, Loss, and Remembrance Across Cultures

Death, Loss, and Remembrance prompts readers to consider their own complex and complicated relationship(s) to death and contemplate how people come to understand themselves, each other, and the world around them. Folklore can be a resource in helping heal from the trauma of loss and death while also aiding ongoing efforts to reckon with historical trauma from our shared histories. Such healing and reflection can occur through cultural practices of remembrance and the building of educational practices that promote temporal literacy.

The Journal of Folklore and Education (ISSN 2573-2072) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published annually by Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education. As a digital publication, JFE provides a forum for interdisciplinary, multimedia approaches to community-based teaching, learning, and cultural stewardship.


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