Dates: The 2012 Meeting of the Western States Folklore Society will take place on 20-21 April 2012.
Location: California State University, Sacramento. 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Maps available at http://www.csus.edu/Map/index.html
Conference theme: "The Arts of Ceremony: Living Traditions in the Twenty-first Century.” Papers on all aspects of folklore will be welcomed.
Archer Taylor Lecturer: Prof.
Timothy R. Tangherlini, Chair of Scandinavian Section, Germanic
Languages and Literature; Department of Asian Languages and Cultures,
Paper Submission: Send abstract of 100-200 words to Joyce Bishop firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 29 February 2012. All submissions must be accompanied by the payment of registration fees (see below).
Registration fees: Registration
fees for regular members are $45; for non-members $70. Registration
fees for student/retired members are $25; for student/ retired
non-members $40. Registration checks should be sent to: Western States Folklore Society (WSFS), PO Box 3557, Long Beach CA 90803-0557.
who join the Society at the time of registration are eligible for
membership benefits, including reduced registration fees and a
subscription to Western Folklore.
Accommodations: Larkspur Landing Home Suite Hotel. 555 Howe Avenue,Sacramento, CA 95825 (tel:916-646-1212).
Contact person: Director of Sales, Jodi Garcia. Identify yourself as
attending the Western States Folklore Society Meeting at California
State University, Sacramento.
Government rate of $84 for the smaller suite with one queen-size bed, and $104 for the larger suite with two queen-size beds.These rates are only good for reservations made before 19 March.
rooms are extremely well appointed witha large desk and workspace,
electronics, and a fully equipped kitchen.Each guest receives
acomplimentary breakfast in an attractive breakfast area. Cookies and
fruit are available all day, and coffee, tea, and chocolate are
available24hrs.There is a fitness room and whirlpool spa. The hotel has
no restaurant, but there are numerous places to eat nearby. Parking at
the hotel is free for guests.
is a nice walk up the American River Parkway and Bike Trail to campus.
For the less adventurous, it is a five minute drive or less to campus.
Alternative Accommodations: A Comfort Inn is on the opposite side of campus across the freeway: 21 Howe Avenue (tel: 916-379-0400). The
CSUS price is actually a bit higher than the Larkspur, and the
facilities and neighborhood are not as nice. There is also a Motel Six
just south of campus: 7850 College Town Drive (tel:916-383-8110). Their rate is $39.99 on Thurs. and $49.99 on Fri and Sat—$6 more for an extra person.
American, United, and the regional carriers fly into Sacramento on a
regular basis. The taxi one-way from the airport to the Larkspur Hotel
is about $60. However, a single person on the Super Shuttle is $22 one
way. And there are other shuttles. Car rentals are at airport.
Parking: On-campus parking is $6 a day with no exceptions.
American River Bike Trail is probably the premier bike trail in the
United States—nearly thirty miles through a beautiful natural area of
oaks, cottonwoods, and other growth along the American River. It remains a
superb salmon and steelhead stream. CSUS is on mile 8.The trail
and parkway begin at the confluence of the American and
Sacramento Rivers in Old Town Sacramento and continue east to above
Folsom Dam and Folsom Prison. Any piece of it is a great ride. Upstream
from CSUS is pleasant with lots of walkers, runner, and riders.
There are many
good restaurants and galleries in midtown Sacramento. Good wineries are
just down the Sacramento River from the city with many neat river
towns, including Locke, a Chinese settlement. The Gold Country in the
Sierra foothills is about an hour’s drive along Interstate 80 East and
Contacts: Joyce Bishop (tel:916-278-5627) or email@example.com
for matters concerning abstracts and local arrangements. For matters
concerning membership, registration, and the payment of fees, contact
Elliott Oring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Travel Stipends:
WSFS is again offering three student travel stipends of $100 each. A
student must (1) indicate they are applying apply for the stipend;
(2 )submit their abstracts before the deadline; (3) submit two abstracts:
a 100 word abstract for publication in the program and a 350 word
abstract in which the paper is described in more detail with special
attention to the conceptual point of the paper. This second abstract
should also be emailed to Joyce Bishop. The student stipends will be
announced in early March. Preference will be given to students who come
from afar and incur significant travel expenses in coming to the