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. The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Oregon, Eurgene, on 21-22 April 2017, and we are planning to meet jointly with the Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF). Please put these dates on your calendar and check the website as plans develop. We hope to see you there.

Members and nonmembers alike can present papers. Single-paper presentations typically run 20 minutes, or about 2,000 words. 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; see the Publications page for information about the journal.

The Society awards up to three stipends 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. The annual meeting announcement page on this website, posted September 1 of each year, provides further details.

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 2016, the Archer Taylor lecture was given by Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem, Professor (emeritus) of Hebrew Literature at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Fee information:

Registration fees for regular members:   $45
Registration fees for non-members:   $70
Registration fees for student/retired members:   $25
Registration fees for student/retired nonmembers:   $45
Combined membership and registration fees for individual non-members:   $85
Combined membership and registration fees for student/retired non-members:   $55

Payment options:

  • Membership and registration 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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