Partnership for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Folklore

Formerly American Friends of Russian Folklore


Expeditions in summer 2022!

We are actively planning folklore collecting expeditions, powered by volunteers, for the summer of 2022. Keep your fingers crossed and watch this space!

Call for Expedition Proposals

We invite scholars of folklore, ethnography and related fields to work with us to include selected volunteers in their field research teams. For details please contact us at info@preeef.org


Why Collect Folklore?

You’ ll learn things you never knew you never knew.

What kinds of mischief are witches accused of ? If people have Youtube do they stop singing their old songs? What kinds of urban legends do Russians tell? Are young people interested in old rituals? How do you make vodka from birch sap? Where do you go to find out?

WE CAN TAKE YOU THERE.

Our expedition volunteers record, film and photograph folklore traditions and the people who are the tradition-bearers. They work under the direction of expert local folklorists who gladly share their knowledge. The field recordings end up in scholarly archives to be preserved for future generations. 

IT CAN BE A LITTLE ROUGH

No luxury hotel, no swimming pool, no fancy restaurant. 

BUT THERE ARE COMPENSATIONS

Great home-made hospitality.  Spectacular scenery.   Immersion in village life.   And some improvements to your global vision.

Upcoming Expeditions

No upcoming expeditions currently scheduled. These snapshots of our past expeditions give you a taste of what we do.

Folklore Archive