Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World is a series that will publish top-notch first books in folklore studies. Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the series is a collaborative venture of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society. The series will emphasize both the interdisciplinary and the international nature of original scholarship in folklore, touching on a vibrant array of expressive phenomena, such as language, music, dance, foodways, play, gestures, and beliefs. It will help to identify and develop exceptional first books in an increasingly underserved field, as well as to help support the work of university presses publishing in this area.

The three Presses will collaborate in organizing and sponsoring a yearly workshop at the AFS annual conference that will give invited authors a chance to intensively workshop their first book projects with publishing and scholarly professionals. Projects selected for the workshop will be candidates for publication by one of the three Presses and will be matched to a Press according to the best list fit and author preference. All titles selected for publication will appear in the multi-press book series, Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World. The Presses will collaborate in widespread, interdisciplinary promotion of the series through print and electronic media.

The Presses’ areas of interest and expertise in folklore studies are as follows.

University of Illinois Press: on world folk cultures and multiculturalism as manifested in forms of vernacular expression, such as music, dance, and foodways, and on gender and queer studies;

University Press of Mississippi: on folk art, American folk music, African American studies, popular culture, and Southern foodways and folklife;

University of Wisconsin Press: in folklore studies that intersect with Upper Midwest cultures, Southeast Asian studies, Slavic and Eastern European studies, gay/lesbian studies, Irish/Irish-American studies, and American popular culture

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