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.
The Society’s 72nd Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place April 19-20, 2013 at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla. The theme will be “Folklore in a Digital Age.” As always, papers may focus on any aspect of folklore studies. The deadline for abstracts is Friday, March 1, 2013. For further details on the conference theme, registration, accommodations, transportation, and other matters related to the conference, click the 2013 Meeting button.
Members and nonmembers alike can present papers. Abstracts of proposed papers are typically due by February 28 (or 29) of the Meeting year; applicants should check this page for any changes. (Note that the abstract deadline for the April, 2013 meeting is Friday, March 1, 2013). Abstracts must be 100-200 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 $40. All fees are to be sent to:
Business Manager, Western Folklore
P.O. Box 3557
Long Beach, CA
One important event in the Societys Meetings is the invitational Archer Taylor Lecture Series, given by a folklorist of note. The lectures are subsequently published in the Societys journal, Western Folklore. In 2013, the Archer Taylor lecture will be given by Carol T. Silverman, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon.
In 2011, Joe Hickerson, of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress gave a talk titled “Exploring the Record Record Record Record: Reflections on My Adventures with Sound Recordings in the Field of Folklore, Especially at the National Folk Archive at the Library of Congress.” The talk was videotaped and the Society is happy to present it in its entirety (NB: the video is a little over one hour in length). To view the video, click on the Archer Taylor button at the bottom of the navigation panel on the left.
See the Publications page for information about the journal.