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.

Presentations and abstracts: Members and nonmembers alike can present papers. Papers are presented in sessions with other papers and need to follow the session schedule. Single-paper presentations should run no longer than 20 minutes (about 2,000 words, or 8-10 double-spaced pages, max.). We strongly recommend that authors read their final versions aloud before presentation, to make sure they will not run over the limit.

Registration fees: Special discount rates are available for regular members, student/retired/limited income members, and student/retired/limited income 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; see the Publications page for information about the journal.

The Society awards up to three stipends of $250 each to help students presenting a paper to defray travel expenses to the annual meeting. Known as the Elliott Oring Student Travel Stipend, the awards are given to students on the basis of their submitted abstracts as well as the distance they must come to present their papers.

One important event in the Society’s Meetings is the invitational Archer Taylor Lecture Series, given by a folklorist of note. Many lectures are subsequently published in the Society’s journal, Western Folklore. In 2017, the Archer Taylor Lecture was given by Dorothy Noyes, Professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Studies, and Affiliated Faculty with The Center for Folklore Studies; The Mershon Center for International Security Studies; Department of Anthropology; and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. Next year's lecturer will be Dan Wojcik, Professor of Folklore at the University of Oregon. For a list of previous lectures, visit the Archer Taylor page:

Fee information:

Payment options:

  • Membership fees may now be paid through PayPal, either by credit card or PayPal account. See the Membership page for paying membership fees.

  • If you wish to pay registration and/or membership fee by check, make checks payable to Western States Folklore Society and send to:

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