There are several opportunities that are designed
specifically for students:
- AFS Graduate Student Section business meeting, Thursday,
October 25, 12:15--1:30 pm, Orleans Room. The Graduate Student Section is the
home for all students within AFS, and is one important body through which
students from any university can plan AFS projects and activities, get to know
students from other universities, and make their voices heard within the
Society and the field. The Section welcomes new members!
- Graduate Student
The Graduate Student Section and American Folklore Society invite all students
to take advantage of this space for students to rest and network with other
students. Now in its second year, the graduate student lounge is an excellent
place for meeting other students, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of attending panels, or just grabbing a free snack or cup of coffee. The
lounge is available throughout the meeting and is staffed by fellow students,
so it’s the perfect place to stash your things or meet up with friends (hours
depend on the availability of volunteers). On
occasion, notable folklorists have been known to sneak in for an informal
conversation. The lounge is in the Presbytere Salon on the second floor of the
Monteleone. Thursday and Friday, October 25-26, 7:30 AM--6:00 PM; Saturday, October 27, 7:30 AM--3:45 PM.
Note: we still
need volunteers to help staff the lounge to keep the room open as planned. Shifts will be roughly an hour
long. If you can help, please contact Amber Slaven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- AFS Fellows Reception for Students: The Fellows offer this reception as a way
to welcome students to the meeting, to create opportunities for networking with
senior members of the field, and to make clear how important students are to
the health and vitality of folklore studies. The reception, featuring food
provided by the Fellows and a cash bar, will be held in La Nouvelle Orleans
Ballroom (East/West), Thursday, October 25, 6:00—7:30 pm.
- AFS Public Programs Section Mixer for Students and Young Professionals: This mixer is an
opportunity for graduate students to meet with public folklorists in an
informal, casual setting. The Public Programs Section and the Graduate Student
Section provide food, a cash bar, and a warm welcome. Riverview Room, Friday,
October 26, 5:45—6:30 pm.
- The Breakfast of (Folklore) Champions: Senior
folklorists breakfast with students, talking about a designated topic, as well
as students’ questions and interests. The Fellows participating in this year’s
breakfast, and their topics, are:
Barry Jean Ancelet (University of Louisiana,
Frank de Caro
University), folklore and literature
(University of Houston), narrative
Sharon R. Sherman
This Fellows-sponsored program, now in its fourth year, is aresponse
to numerous requests that the Society create ways for senior members of the
field to engage and mentor students directly. Based in part on your evaluations
of this event, the Fellows look forward to strengthening it, and creating other
such opportunities, in future years.
There is no fee for this event, but since seating is limited, advance
registration is required; the eight seats per table will be assigned on a
first-come, first-served basis. To register, e-mail Associate Director Lorraine
Walsh Cashman at email@example.com, indicating the conversation in
which you want to participate.Please be aware when you make your request
that we will not seat students with Fellows from their own institutions.
The Breakfast is Saturday, October 27, 7:30—9:00 AM, in the Riverview Room.
We also encourage you to participate in:
- AFS Section Business Meetings: There are
more than thirty AFS Sections, serving as gathering places
and forums within the Society for people with common interests in the field.
All Sections welcome new members, and invite prospective members to attend
their annual business meeting to learn more about the interests and activities
of the Section. See the AFS Annual Meeting program for specific meeting times
- AFS Cultural Diversity Committee Open Meeting: The Cultural
Diversity Committee’s ongoing concern is to diversify the
Society's membership and to keep the Society engaged with diverse communities. The
Committee invites everyone to contribute to the discussion in an open meeting
Thursday, October 24, 8:00—10:00 am.
- Information sessions designed to
provide orientation and address issues and concerns:
- Ask an Archivist!: Issues, Questions, and
Discussions of Folklore Collections, to discuss issues in libraries,
archives, museums, and other collections of folklore, in the book exhibit room
for the duration of the conference.
- Independent Folklorists Meet & Greet and Indi-Folk Forum
Demonstration, to meet consulting
folklorists and learn tips for using the Section's online discussion forum. Bonnet
Carre, Thursday, 12:15–1:30 PM.
- Meet the Editors of the Journal
of American Folklore, AFS Review,
Digest, Jewish Cultural Studies, New Directions in Folklore, Journal of Folklore Research, Western
Folklore, and the AFS website. Riverview, Thursday, 3:45–5:45.
- Using the AFS Website. Bring a lunch and your
questions about any or all aspects of using the AFS website, from profile
settings and membership renewal to adding custom pages and using group tools.
Queen Anne Parlor, Saturday, 12:15—1:30 PM.
- Professional Development Workshops: The
Archives and Libraries Section offers a student rate for two pre-conference
workshops. Pre-registration is required, and closes October 1. Click on the link to each workshop
For those of you attending our meeting for the
first time, please see "How to Make the AFS Meeting Work
Best for You” by former AFS Board member
Carole Carpenter of York University. Also, please consider attending the Welcome Breakfast on
Thursday, October 25, 7:00—8:00 AM.
AFS is committed to fostering professional and
mentoring relationships. If you would like to participate or have ideas,
please contact Executive Board member Lisa Gabbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.