Annual Meetings

The Western States Folklore Society (formerly California Folklore Society) holds Annual Meetings to encourage professional and amateur folklorists to meet each other, present papers, and engage in discussions of all aspects of folklore and folklife. The Meetings, usually held on a weekend in April and extending from Friday through Sunday morning, are hosted by different colleges or universities throughout the western states from the Rockies to the Pacific.

Please note that 2016 will be the 75th anniversary year of the Western States Folklore Society. We are planning to hold our annual conference at University of California, Berkeley on 8-9 April 2016. Please put these dates on your calendar and check the website as plans develop. We hope to see you there. Click on the 2016 Meeting button for further information.

Members and nonmembers alike can present papers. Abstracts of proposed papers are typically due before March 1 of the Meeting year; applicants should check this page for any changes. Abstracts must be 100-150 words in length and must be accompanied by a registration fee. Special discount rates are available for regular members, student members, and student nonmembers. Nonmembers who join the Society at the time of registration are eligible for membership benefits, including reduced registration fees and a subscription to Western Folklore. Registration fees for regular members are $45; for non-members $70. Registration fees for student/retired members are $25; for non-members $45. All fees are to be sent to:

Paul Jordan-Smith
Managing Editor, Western Folklore
17591 River Ranch Rd
Grass Valley, CA

One important event in the Society’s Meetings is the invitational Archer Taylor Lecture Series, given by a folklorist of note. The lectures are subsequently published in the Society’s journal, Western Folklore. You can see a full list of the lectures, in reverse chronological order, by clicking on the Archer Taylor button on the navigation panel. In 2015, the Archer Taylor lecture was given by John Niles.

See the Publications page for information about the journal.