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Past Annual Meetings

The American Folklore Society has been holding meetings since 1889, one year after the Society's founding.  We have met every year except for 1942 and 1943, in the midst of World War II, when many activities of all kinds were curtailed.

As part of the Open Folklore effort, AFS is working with the Indiana University-Bloomington Library toward the goal of assembling a complete set of programs from past annual meetings, which as a group contain a remarkable on-the-ground history of the field, its people, and their ideas. PDFs of AFS annual meeting program books from 1949 to 1974 and from 2004-2010, and of reports on AFS annual meetings from 1889 to 1948 that appeared in the JAF, are all available through the Indiana University institutional repository, and their contents can be searched through Open Folklore search. (We are now working on completing this set by adding AFS meeting programs from 1975 through 2003.) The general URL for AFS materials in the repository is

The links to the 2002-2010 meetings below lead directly to downloadable PDF files of the meeting program books, which include abstracts of all meeting presentations. The links for the meetings since 2011 lead to the meeting web pages, which include more information about each meeting, including links to the program books and program addenda.

2015 Annual Meeting: "Ecologies, Encounters, and Enactments" (October 14-17, 2015, Long Beach, California)

2014 Annual Meeting: "Folklore at the Crossroads" (November 5-8, Santa Fe, New Mexico)

2013 Annual Meeting: "Cultural Sustainability" (October 16-19, Providence, Rhode Island)

2012 Annual Meeting: "The Continuity and Creativity of Culture" (October 24-27, New Orleans, Louisiana)

2011 Annual Meeting: "Peace, War, Folkore" (October 12-15, Bloomington, Indiana)

2010 Annual Meeting: "Lay and Expert Knowledge” (October 13-16, Nashville, Tennessee)

2009 Annual Meeting: "Examining the Ethics of Place” (October 21—24, Boise, Idaho)

2008 Annual Meeting: "The Commons and the Commonwealth” (October 21—26, Louisville, Kentucky)

2007 Joint Annual Meeting with the Association canadienne d’ethnologie et de folklore/Folklore Studies Association of Canada: "Le patrimoine immatériel: Problématiques, enjeux et perspectives"/"The Politics and Practices of Intangible Cultural Heritage”  (October 17—21, Québec, Canada)

2006 Annual Meeting: "Homelands and Diasporas" (October 18—22, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) 

2005 Annual Meeting: "Folklore, Equal Access, and Social Justice” (October 19—23, Atlanta, Georgia)

2004 Annual Meeting: "Folklore and the Cultural Landscape" (October 13—17, Salt Lake City, Utah)

2003 Annual Meeting: "Folk Culture and the Public Domain" (October 8—12, Albuquerque, New Mexico)

2002 Annual Meeting: "Image, Object and Processes of Documentation" (October 16—20, Rochester, New York)

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