Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

12-08 Referencing Folklore: The Work, and Future, of the Discipline’s Standards and Measures

Monday, October 18, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the AFS History and Folklore Section, the Archives and Libraries Section


Chair: Simon J. Bronner (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Forum participants:

Simon J. Bronner (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

William M. Clements ()

Hasan El-Shamy (Indiana University, emeritus)

Donald Haase (Wayne State University)

David J. Puglia (Bronx Community College)

In answer to the question of whether folklore is a discipline, Richard M. Dorson famously declared that standard reference works define a discipline. They provide folklorists binding “communal associations” as well as an essential “intellectual base” for their scholarly enterprise. Yet the indexes and bibliographies as basics that he cites have not all stood the test of time and arguably the needs of the discipline for standard references have changed. In this forum, editors of major reference works assess their experience, and envision the future reference shelf, or screen. Engaging the audience, the forum will guide organizers of and contributors to folklore's standards and measures in addition to conceptualizing for all folklorists the impact upon the discipline of indexes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, casebooks, textbooks, and handbooks.