Call for submissions

As a digital publication, the Journal of Folklore and Education provides a forum for interdisciplinary, multimedia approaches to community-based teaching, learning, and cultural stewardship.

The 2017 theme is Newcomers and Belonging.

At a time of heated rhetoric about immigrants, refugees, and diversity Local Learning has chosen this theme for Volume 4 of JFE. The field of folklore offers tools, strategies, and resources to help educators understand how culture influences ways of learning; creates and strengthens communities; and expresses itself in our schools, universities, museums, and community organizations. Initial drafts of submissions are due April 15, 2017.

Essential questions that contributors may use to inspire their writing include the following:

~ What do folk arts and folklore bring to an examination of community culture(s), including discussions of exhibiting culture, the art of display, and ethical concerns of cultural appropriation and representation?

~ How can the tools of folklore create opportunities to strengthen a sense of “belonging” within a classroom or a community?

~ Immigrants and refugees bring new ways of learning and knowing into learning environments. How can curricula and programs embrace expertise found in diverse communities to connect learners to strategic learning goals and to the broader community?

~ How can ELL and ESL teachers use Folk Arts in Education practices? How can classroom and ELL/ESL teachers partner for greater student growth and achievement?

~ How does a folkloristic, ethnographic approach to working with learners in a classroom or community setting connect them with cultural knowledge systems different from their own and deepen their understanding of their own culture?

~ What are local expressions of culture that could inform student research initiatives?

~How can university teacher-preparation programs include folk arts and folklore as part of their culturally relevant university curriculum?

~ How can the field of folklore help address “tough conversations” or controversy found in contemporary discourse surrounding “newcomers” and difference?

More about Submissions

We particularly welcome submissions inclusive of perspectives and voices from represented communities. Co-authored articles that include teachers, administrators, artists, or community members offer opportunities for multiple points of view on an educational program or a curriculum. We publish articles that share best practices, offer specific guides or plans for implementing folklore in education, and articles that articulate theoretical and critical frameworks. We invite educators to share shorter pieces for “Notes from the Field.” Nontraditional formats are also welcomed. Be in touch with the editors to learn more and see whether your concept might be a good fit.

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 “Newcomers and Belonging,” but all submissions with a research component will be considered. We expect that research projects will have appropriate institutional permissions for public dissemination before submission to JFE, including approval from Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and/or data licensing for the acquisition of existing data, as may be required. See the protocol for publishing a study used by ArtsEdSearch for guidance.


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 this theme. Articles should be 1,500-4,500 words, submitted as a Word document. Shorter lessons, worksheets, and classroom exercises are also welcome. We use a modified Chicago style (not APA) and parenthetical citations. All URL links hyperlinked in the document should also be referenced, in order, at the end of the article in a URL list for offline readers. Images should have a dpi of at least 300. Media submissions are welcome, including short film and audio clips.

We highly recommend reviewing previous issues of JFE (see Be in touch with the editors to discuss submission and media ideas and to learn formatting, technical specifications, and our citation style template.

Contact editors Paddy Bowman at or Lisa Rathje at with ideas for stories, features, lessons, and media productions. You may also request a citation style template. Initial drafts of submissions are due April 15, 2017.

Please share this announcement with colleagues and educators in your community. This endeavor is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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