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Leonard Norman Primiano Prizes and Awards

Leonard Norman Primiano

Leonard Norman Primiano Prizes and Awards

The Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section of the American Folklore Society announces three prizes/awards in honor of the late scholar Leonard Norman Primiano.



Many SIEF members will remember fondly the remarkable scholar of Vernacular Religion Leonard Norman Primiano who died in July 2021 see obituary bulletin-139.pdf (osu.edu) and SIEF-autumn-2021.pdf (siefhome.org).

Leonard's participation in the 2nd second symposium of the SIEF Commission of Folk Religion in Portugal, 1996, led to significant and lasting European academic connections and friendships, and his papers became 'must see' events at the Working Group on Ethnology of Religion conferences.

The bulk of Leonard Norman Primiano’s estate has gone to the support of new awards and activities for the "Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section" of the American Folklore Society of which he was a founding member, and with which he was significantly involved throughout his career.

The new prizes include:

SIEF members are urged to look at the new awards and apply as appropriate. Leonard undoubtedly wanted the significant European scholarship on vernacular religion to be represented in relation to the book prize, and for vernacular religion scholars to continue to engage in meaningful exploration of this amazingly rich and fascinating field.