2013 Meeting of the Western States Folklore Society (WSFS)
Place and time: The 71st annual
meeting of the Western States Folklore Society (WSFS) will be held 19-20 April
2013 on the campus of the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla,
California. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2013.
Conference Theme: The theme of this
year’s conference is "Folklore in a Digital Age." Rather than disappearing, folklore is gaining
new significance in the 21st century. Digital technologies, such as the Internet,
smart phones, and digital photography, are changing our society and our
discipline. Our society in the digital
age embodies the global as it reasserts the local. Folklore plays a vital role in this
process. Meanwhile, new media are
altering the way folklore is performed, collected, and disseminated. This conference seeks to investigate the significance
of folklore today by inviting papers on topics such as the role of folklore in
the building of transnational communities, the development of cultural
revitalization programs, and the emergence of indigenous movements. In addition, we invite papers addressing the
impact of digital technologies on folklore, including topics such as digital
folklore genres, virtual folklore archives, and intellectual property rights. We also seek papers examining folklore
research, ethnography, and theory in a digital age. As always, papers on all aspects of folklore will be welcomed.
The Archie Taylor
Memorial Lecture: This year’s lecture will be given this year by Carol
T. Silverman, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Orgeon.
Site: All conference
proceedings will be held in the Cross-Cultural Center in Price Center East on
the UCSD campus. Please view the campus
map at http://maps.ucsd.edu.
Accommodations: WSFS has
arranged special rates at the Clarion-Del Mar Inn, 720 Camino del Mar, Del Mar,
California 92014. Participants are encouraged to book early by calling the Del
Mar Inn (800-451-4515). Please identify
yourself as participants in the Western States Folklore Society conference at
UCSD. Room prices begin at $99 per night,
and increase based on occupancy and location.
(Some have ocean views.) This
rate includes high-speed internet access and free parking. The number of rooms is limited, and rooms
must be booked by March 11 for these rates.
It is very
important that you make your reservations as early as possible.
The Del Mar Inn is located in the heart of Del Mar, within walking
distance of the beach and a variety of shops and restaurants. For more information, visit www.delmarinn.com.
The Del Mar Inn does have a shuttle to UCSD which runs at scheduled
times. It is a small shuttle, however,
and you should reserve a space the night before. Inquire at the desk for shuttle times. If the shuttle is filled, city buses stop
near the hotel and run to UCSD. Taxis
are also available. Inquire at the hotel
desk for assistance and directions.
CANNOT walk from the Del Mar Inn to the UCSD campus.
There are three hotels within walking distance (less than one mile) of
the campus. Request the UCSD rate when
reserving your room. These rates are
based on availability.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa (UCSD rates
begin at $179.00)
Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037; 858-550-1000
Residence Inn by
Marriott (UCSD rates begin at $165.00)
8901 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037; 858-587-1770 or
Sheraton La Jolla
(UCSD rates begin at $159.00)
3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037; 858-453-5500
Getting to the
Del Mar Inn and UCSD: The San Diego
International Airport is the recommended airport. Local shuttles and taxis are available at the
Parking at UCSD is limited on
Friday. Please carpool if possible. The most convenient parking for our
conference is in the Gilman Parking Structure.
Permits for parking in this structure must be purchased in the pay
stations located throughout the Gilman Parking Structure. These are valid only for this structure. You must park in spaces marked "V” and
clearly display the permit. Permits are available
for $2.00 per hour or $16.00 per day.
The Hopkins Parking Structure is an alternative, and permits are
available in this structure for $1.00 per hour or $8.00 per day. Follow the instructions on the pay station
for parking. On Saturday, parking is
free in all spaces unless otherwise marked.
Driving to UCSD from the north: For the Gilman Parking Structure, exit
Interstate 5 at La Jolla Village Drive.
Turn right and stay in the right hand lane. Turn right at Villa La Jolla Drive to enter
the UCSD campus. Proceed straight until
you reach the Gilman Parking Structure (straight ahead) at the corner of Villa
La Jolla Drive and Gilman Drive.
Driving to UCSD from the south: For the Gilman Parking Structure, exit Interstate
5 at Gilman Drive. Turn left and
continue (about 1.5 miles) to the UCSD campus.
Proceed to the Gilman Parking Structure (on the left) at the corner of Villa
La Jolla Drive and Gilman Drive.
For the Hopkins Parking Structure, driving from either direction,
exit the Interstate 5 at Genesee Avenue and head west. Turn left at North Torrey Pines Road, then
immediately left at Northpoint Drive.
Continue on Northpoint Drive as it becomes Hopkins Drive. The Hopkins Parking Structure will be on your
Driving from the Del Mar Inn to UCSD: Go south on Camino del Mar. It becomes North Torrey Pines Road. Continue up the hill to North Torrey Pines
Road and turn right. (If you continue
straight, the road becomes Genesee Avenue.)
For the Hopkins Parking Structure, turn left at Northpoint Drive. Northpoint Drive becomes Hopkins Drive. The Hopkins Parking Structure is on your
right at the corner of Hopkins Drive and Voigt Drive. For the Gilman Parking Structure, continue on
North Torrey Pines Road as it becomes La Jolla Village Drive. Turn left at Villa La Jolla Drive. Proceed until you reach the Gilman Parking
Structure (straight ahead) at the corner of Villa La Jolla Drive and Gilman
From the parking structures, walk towards Price Center East in the
center of campus. The Cross-Cultural
Center (CCC) is on the second floor.
View the campus map at http://act.ucsd.edu/maps/
Abstracts: Abstracts of 100-150
words should be submitted to Michele Goldwasser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2013.
Please submit abstracts in MicrosoftWord (if possible) using the
Last Name, First
Name (Affiliation). Title. Abstract.
Registration Fees: Registration fees for regular members are $45.00; for non-members $70.00. Registration fees for student/retired members are
$25.00; for student/retired non-members $45.00.
Nonmembers who join the Society at registration are eligible for
membership benefits, including reduced registration fees and a subscription to Western Folklore. See www.westernfolklore.org for registration information.
submitting papers must pay their registration fees at the time of abstract
submission. (Others may pay registration at the conference.)
must be made out to Western States Folklore Society (WSFS).
Send your registration fee to:
P.O. Box 3557
Long Beach CA 90803-0557
Student Travel Stipends: The WSFS awards
three student travel stipends of
$100 each to students coming to the conference to deliver a paper. To apply, a
student must: (1) indicate they are applying apply for the stipend; (2) submit
their abstracts before the 1 March 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 Michele Goldwasser at email@example.com.
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 meeting.
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