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2016 AFS/ISFNR Joint Annual Meeting
The Society's 2016 annual meeting will be a joint meeting with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, October 19-22, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, in Miami, Florida. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations are encouraged but not required, is "Unfinished Stories: Folklife and Folk Narrative at the Gateway to the Future."


The deadline for submitting a proposal for the meeting has passed.


Preregistration is available until August 31.

Financial Support

July 1 is the deadline to apply for the Archie Green Student Travel Award, given to graduate and undergraduate students who will attend the meeting and have an interest in working as public folklorists, or who have chosen an area of public folklore as a primary topic of research. See financial support for more information about this and other stipend programs. Deadlines vary.

Information for ISFNR Members

Please review this information about the logistics of registering and requesting a letter of invitation.


This year, the conference will run for four days, opening Wednesday morning and closing Saturday evening. General sessions will run during the day on Wednesday, October 19, as well as workshops and tours.

New Policy: Cancellations

Once a paper or session is submitted, it is expected that the presentation will take place at the conference if the proposal is accepted. Participation in the conference is competitive, and a cancelled presentation creates a hole in the program and eliminates a spot that could have accommodated another scholar. As a courtesy to AFS members, conference presenters, and attendees, AFS strongly discourages presenters from canceling their participation in the conference after proposals have been accepted. Those who find that they can't attend the meeting are encouraged not to cancel, but to find someone else to read their papers.

Starting in 2016, the refund policy is as follows:

  • Program participants (chairs, presenters, discussants, etc.) who withdraw a presentation may request a refund of meeting registration fees until August 31, but a $50 cancellation fee will be retained ($25 for students and low-income participants); after that, no refunds will be issued.
  • Registrants who are not named on the program may receive a full refund until August 31; after that, no refunds will be issued.
  • Additional penalties may be applied for presenters who withdraw a presentation after October 1.

Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at with any annual meeting questions or concerns.


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