Folklore Students Rock at AFS!



Congratulations are in order for Andrew Peck, Amber Rose, Kylie Schroeder, and Sallie Anna Steiner, each of whom won section prizes awarded at the American Folklore Society's 2015 annual meeting in Long Beach, California. 

Andrew Peck, a PhD candidate in Communication Arts with a minor in Folklore Studies, won the New Directions in Folklore Section's Bill Ellis Prize for his "At the Modems of Madness: The Slender Man, Ostension, and the Digital Age," judged the best graduate student essay that combines research and analysis on folklore, broadly construed, and digital culture, popular culture, or new media. 

Amber Rose, a PhD candidate in the folklore track of Scandinavian Studies, won the Nordic-Baltic Section's Boreal Prize for the best essay in the field by a graduate student. Her paper, "The Legend of the Witch in Scandinavia: Confessionalism, Gender, and Mediating Culture" will be published in Arv: The Yearbook of Nordic Folklore.

Kylie Schroeder, who earned a Certificate in Folklore at UW and is now a first year folklore grad student at Utah State, earned the William A. Wilson Undergraduate Student Paper Prize in Religious Folklife for her essay (written while a UW student) "Madison Ghost Walks: Supernatural Tourism in Wisconsin's Capitol City."

Sallie Anna Steiner, a PhD candidate in the folklore option of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, won the Women's Section's Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize for “Woven Identities”: The Making and Marketing of Heritage Art in Jølster, Norway,” deemed the best student paper or production on women's traditional, vernacular, and local culture and/or work on feminist theory and folklore.