What is the Australian Folklore Network?

AFN Aims

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What is the Australian Folklore Network?

The origins of the AFN lie in the ongoing concerns of Australian folklore collectors, researchers and performers about the continued absence of a formal institution for the collection, study and dissemination of Australian folklore, in all its many varieties. Australia's failure to develop such official institutions makes it almost unique in the world (New Zealand appears to be the only other country without such a facility). Consequently, a primary aim of the AFN is the establishment of a national folklore centre.

While pursuing this goal we aim to utilise new technology to help us keep in touch with each other, share ideas, information and news, maintain the National Register of Folklore Collections and generally promote Australian folklore throughout the community.

AFN Aims

  • ? To bring together in a national coalition the organisations, associations and individuals involved with the collection, research, archiving, dissemination, teaching and performance of Australian folklore, in all its varieties.
  • ? To provide means and methods of communication, dialogue, interaction, debate and access to resources and facilities, etc. that will further the development of Australian folklore collection, research and dissemination.
  • ? To promote the activities and importance of Australian folklore as widely as possible, including to the general public, education, government, private sector and media.
  • ? To further the establishment of a national centre for Australian folklore.
  • ? To maintain contacts, interchange and dialogue with those pursuing folklore-related activities around the world.

AFN AFFILIATION

The Australian Folklore Network (AFN) is a national coalition of individuals and organisations with an interest in one or more aspects of folklore collection, archiving, research, teaching, administration and performing. The AFN holds an annual Forum at the National Folk Festival, Canberra, publishes a regular newsletter, coordinates the Register of Australian Folklore Collections, carries out projects and generally promotes Australian folklore in all its varieties throughout the national community.

Individuals and organisations with an involvement or interest in these activities are invited to affiliate with the AFN. Affiliation is no-charge and obligation-free, entitling the affiliate to receive the newsletter and take part in AFN activities and projects.

The AFN is coordinated and resourced through the Australian Folklore Research Unit at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA.

To affiliate with the AFN simply send the following details to the address below or email them to:
g.seal@exchange.curtin.edu.

  • NAME
  • MAIL ADDRESS
  • EMAIL
  • FOLKLORE INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES

address:
Australian Folklore Research Unit
Curtin University of Technology
GPO Box 1987
PERTH WA 6845

 

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