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. In 2015, the meeting will be held at UCLA on April 17-18.

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:

Western States Folklore Society
P.O. Box 3557
Long Beach, 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 will be given by John Niles.

See the Publications page for information about the journal.