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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 https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/9004.

Follow the links below to download PDF files of the annual meeting program books from recent AFS annual meetings, which include abstracts of all meeting presentations. 

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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