June 30 Update: See the Revised Program for detailed panel information, or the Program Summary for an overview. Adjustments to the program are inevitable; keep an eye on the Program Addendum for changes.
Please note that the 2016 conference will run for four days, opening Wednesday morning
and closing Saturday evening. General sessions will run during the day
on Wednesday, October 19, as well as workshops and tours.
Preregistration is available until August 31.
Hotel and Travel Arrangements
See Local Information for a link to reserving a guest room at the conference hotel, links to information about getting to Miami, and visitors' guides, including the essential Local Guide prepared by the Local Planning Committee.
Tours and Workshops
number of events scheduled during the meeting require preregistration before August 31. For more information about these special events, see https://afsnet.site-ym.com/page/AM16Events
July 15 is the deadline to apply for the Archie Green Student Travel Award, given to graduate and undergraduate students who will attend the meeting and have an interest in working as public folklorists, or who have chosen an area of public folklore as a primary topic of research.
See financial support for more information about this and other stipend programs. Deadlines vary.
Information for ISFNR Members
Please review this information about the logistics of registering and requesting a letter of invitation.
New Policy: Cancellations
Once a paper or session is submitted, it is expected that the presentation will take place at the conference if the proposal is accepted. Participation in the conference is competitive, and a cancelled presentation creates a hole in the program and eliminates a spot that could have accommodated another scholar. As a courtesy to AFS members, conference presenters, and attendees, AFS strongly discourages presenters from canceling their participation in the conference after proposals have been accepted. Those who find that they can't attend the meeting are encouraged not to cancel, but to find someone else to read their papers.
Starting in 2016, the refund policy is as follows:
- Program participants (chairs, presenters, discussants, etc.) who withdraw a presentation may request a refund of meeting registration fees until August 31, but a $50 cancellation fee will be retained ($25 for students and low-income participants); after that, no refunds will be issued.
- Registrants who are not named on the program may receive a full refund until August 31; after that, no refunds will be issued.
- Additional penalties may be applied for presenters who withdraw a presentation after October 1.
Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at firstname.lastname@example.org with any annual meeting questions or concerns.