The Folklore Fellows is an international folkloristic network of researchers, the aim of which is to promote scholarly contacts, publication activities and researcher training. In order to achieve this aim it invites distinguished active researchers from different parts of the world to become members. It further arranges international training courses for researchers and incorporates the editorial board of the Folklore Fellows’ Communications series.
The Folklore Fellows operates under the auspices of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. The Academy Board appoints the editor-in-chief and other members of the editorial board of the Folklore Fellows’ Communications series and the chairman of the Executive Committee consisting of 3-5 folklorist members of the Academy. It is the task of the Executive Committee to develop the researcher network by inviting new members and distributing information on its existence and activities. The Executive Committee also participates in the planning of the programmes for the international Folklore Fellows researcher training courses financed out of separate funds by appointing a member to their Organizing Committee.
The Executive Committee of the Folklore Fellows is supported by the Folklore Fellows Advisory Committee. It is the Advisory Committee’s task to prepare proposals for new members, to assist in the planning of the researcher training courses, and to distribute information on the publishing potential afforded by the FFC series. The Advisory Committee may have at most 10 foreign researcher members in addition to the members of the Executive Committee, and its chairman is the chairman of the Executive Committee.
The Folklore Fellows researcher network has (1) an unlimited number of honorary members, (2) a maximum of 100 full members and (3) an unlimited number of associate members. Honorary members are invited from among eminent folklorists whose scholarly contribution has during a long period of time been internationally and/or nationally important. Distinguished active researchers from different parts of the world are invited by the Folklore Fellows’ Executive Committee to become full members on the advice of the Advisory Committee. One quarter of the full members must be from outside Europe and North America.
The Executive Committee may invite associate members from among e.g. junior and senior folklorists attending the researcher training courses, or representatives of closely-related disciplines whose participation would help to achieve the functional goals of the researcher network through contacts with research, teaching and archive establishments in different parts of the world.
Member contacts are maintained by means of newsletters giving information on publications appearing in the FFC series and forthcoming researcher training courses.
Every March the chairman of the Folklore Fellows Executive Committee issues an annual report on Folklore Fellows activities to the Board of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. A brief summary of the report is given in the annual report of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.
These rules are ratified by the Board of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Amendments may be made by decision of the Board of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters at the unanimous proposal of the Folklore Fellows Executive Committee.
(Ratified by the Board of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters on March 5, 1990 and amended on January 7, 1992.)
(FFN 11, October 1995: 10)