|AFS Annual Meetings|
AFS produces an annual meeting each October that brings together more than 700 folklorists from around the world to exchange work and ideas, and to create and strengthen friendships and working relationships.
The meeting is the occasion for lectures by special guests, as well as the presentation of work by folklorists and their allies in 12-15 concurrent sessions for three days. AFS special interest groups convene, and publishers and other vendors exhibit books, media, and other publications of interest to the field. Participants may register for pre-conference workshops as well as tours to become better acquainted with the community and region hosting our meeting.
Prospective participants submit proposals for individual presentations; proposal submission begins February 1 and ends March 31. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of folklorists who live in the region hosting the meeting. Typically, AFS sends notification of acceptance or rejection for the meeting program by June 1 and posts online a preliminary program schedule for the meeting by July 1.
Information about hotels and any other necessary local accommodations are posted in June.
Those who wish simply to attend the meeting may preregister from April 1 until August 31. After preregistration closes, on-site registration is available at a higher rate. Preregistrants may receive a registration refund only if they withdraw before August 31.