Born: Established: 24 Aug 1950
Folklorist Graham Seal has been Professor of Folklore in the Australian Studies Program, teaching the Graduate Diploma in Australian Folklife, as well as being director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, director of the Australian Folklore Research Unit and deputy director of the Australian Regional Research unit, at Curtin University. His various folklore-related activities have included being a member of the International Australian Studies Association, The Australian Folklore Association, the Folklore Society and the English Folk Dance and Song Society. He was founder and convenor of the Australian Folklore Network, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Australian Studies, Australian Folklore and Perfect Beat journals. He was co-editor of Australian Folklore from its inception in 1987, until 1991.
Seal's extensive list of other publications include The Highwayman Tradition in Australia (1977), Ned Kelly in Popular Tradition (1980), Traditions of Prejudice: A Report on the Folklore of Race and Ethnicity in Australia (1990), Soundings: A Collection of Contemporary Folk Speech (1990), Anti-Asian Folklore and Strategies for Conflict Resolution (1992), The Digger and Anzac: Tradition, Myth and Legend 1915-1929 (1993) and The Lingo: Listening to Australian English (1999).