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WSFS introduces expanded membership class for reduced income members.

WSFS is pleased to announce that we are expanding the $30/year membership rate for students and retirees to include those who are on reduced income for any reason (adjunct professorships, for example, may qualify). This rate category goes into effect for calendar 2017.

WSFS keeps 2017 membership/subscription rates steady for individuals, rates for institutions to go up.

As announced earlier to our institutional subscribers, subscription rates will be raised $10/year for all institutional subscriptions, foreign and domestic. Rates for individual members will not be increased.. Please refer to the Publications page for the current (2017 et seq.) rates.

Western Folklore, Vol. 75, No. 2 mailed to membership

Volume 75, Number 2 (Spring, 2016), the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on June 14, 2016. Visit the Publications page for more information and to view the table of contents.

WSFS celebrates 75 years in 2016

2016 is the 75th anniversary year of the Western States Folklore Society (formerly the California Folklore Society, founded in the 1941-1942 academic year). This year's Annual Meeting was held at University of California, Berkeley on 8-9 April 2016. A very great deal of thanks is due all who help bring about a very successful and productive meeting. WSFS expresses particular thanks to the UC Berkeley Organizing Committee: Ronelle Alexander, Charles Briggs, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rebecca Lomnicky, Stein Mathisen, Alison O'Connor-Korb, Luke Patterson, and Samuel Puliafico. Support was provided by The University of California Berkeley Folklore Graduate Program, The Alan Dundes Distinguished Chair in Folklore, and the Departments of Anthropology; German; Music; Scandinavian; Slavic Languages and Literatures; and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Three students awarded travel stipends at 2016 Annual Meeting

The WSFS awards up to three Elliott Oring Student Travel Stipends to students coming to the conference to deliver a paper. At this year's meeting, the three recipients were Eleanor Hasken (Western Kentucky University), Bethany Schiffman (University of California, Los Angeles), and Xun Xiong (Sun Yat-sen University).

2017 Annual Meeting to be held in Eugene, OR

WSFS's 2017 Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, April 21-22, 2017. The meeting will be jointly held with the Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF). Please put these dates on your calendar and check back here as plans develop. We hope to see you there.

WSFS now accepting applications via email and payments via PayPal

WSFS is pleased to announced that applications downloaded from this website may be submitted electronically by email to the Business Manager and payments may be submitted for immediate processing through PayPal. Visit the Membership page for details.

WSFS has a new business manager and a new treasurer

Effective September 1, 2015, Elliott Oring, retired as the Society's Business Manager, an appointive position he held for over 15 years. At the April, 2015 meeting, the Board and membership approved the appointment of Paul Jordan-Smith to take his place. To effect the change, Paul resigned as Treasurer, turning it over to Erik Aasland.

Elliott's managership was particularly productive for the Society, and he will be missed in that role. However, he will undoubtedly retain his equally much-needed roles as scholar and gadfly at the Society's annual meetings. At the 2016 Annual Meeting, the Board renamed the award the Elliott Oring Student Travel Stipend, in honor of Elliott's long-standing support not only of the Society but in particular of student participation as active presenters of scholarly research papers.

Membership benefit: JSTOR access to folklore journals

All members of the WSFS will be able to get access to the JSTOR archive of the back issues of Western Folklore and other folklore journals for a payment of $15/year. Visit the News page for details and a link to the AFS page for subscribing to JSTOR.