Opportunities for Students at the 2014 Annual Meeting
Monday, September 15, 2014
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
There are several opportunities that are designed
specifically for students at the 2014 Annual Meeting:
1. AFS Graduate Student Section business
meeting, Saturday, 12:15--2:00 pm, Sweeney D. 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!
Mixer. Last year's first-ever student-only mixer was a hit, so we're saving
space for this event again this year. Find friends and make new connections
with peers from other programs. Cash bar. Agave Lounge, Eldorado Hotel, Thursday,
3. 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 immediately after the Fellows' Utley lecture. The reception is in Sweeney
C, Friday, 6:00—7:30 pm.
4. 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 provides food, a cash bar, and a warm welcome. Sweeney
D, Friday, 8:00—9:00 pm.
5. The Breakfast of (Folklore) Champions. Senior
folklorists have 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:
- Norma E. Cantú (University of Missouri, Kansas
City), women and
- James S. Griffith (University of Arizona), borderlands
- William Hansen (Indiana University, emeritus), mythology
- Jay Mechling (University of California, Davis, emeritus),
This Fellows-sponsored program, now in its sixth year,
is a response 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, email Associate
Director Lorraine Walsh Cashman at firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating your top two preferences, in order, for the
conversation in which you want to participate, and which school you currently
attend. Please be aware when you make your request that we will not seat
students with Fellows from their own institutions.
The Breakfast is Saturday, 7:30—9:00 am, in the Old
House Restaurant at the Eldorado Hotel.
Shifts at AFS Registration and Saturday Dance. Every year, AFS requires
some student assistance during the busiest hours at the meeting registration
desk; in return for working a full shift at registration, students will have their
meeting registration fee refunded or comped. These shifts involve distributing
nametags and programs to those who have preregistered, taking registrations and
payments for those who register onsite, and any other duties as requested.
We will also take three volunteers to collect tickets
at the door of the Saturday Dance Party featuring Felix y Los Gatos, 8:00—11:00
pm. These volunteers will collect tickets, not payment. We won't expect you to
bounce undesirables (a security guard will be on the premises), but you will
need to be firm about the need for tickets. These volunteers can give each
other a break when possible to seek food and entertainment, as long as the door
remains covered. These volunteers will not be comped for the meeting, but their
$25 dance tickets will be waived for the equivalent of a one-hour shift.
Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis, until
all slots are filled. If you are interested, please email Lorraine at email@example.com, indicating up
to three shifts that you could cover, in order of preference.
Wednesday, 3:00-7:00 pm:
Thursday, 7:15-11:15 am:
Thursday, 11 am--3 pm:
Friday, 7:15-11:15 am:
Saturday, 8-11 pm:
We also encourage you to participate in:
1. 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 and
We highly recommend that if you plan to attend section
meetings, you think ahead about your lunch plans: find something you can
smuggle in that morning, or preorder a boxed lunch so that you can be present
at the meetings, instead of out looking for food. $16 sounds like a lot now,
and it is, but food is generally expensive in Santa Fe, especially around the
convention center. See the online store at https://afsnet.site-ym.com/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=331363.
2. 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 on Thursday, Sweeney C, 12:15—2:00 pm.
3. AFS Pilot
Mentoring Program. This year is the third in an ongoing project initiated
by the AFS Executive Board to arrange mentoring opportunities for students at
the annual meeting; see http://www.afsnet.org/?2013Mentoring for more
information. The shadowing program has filled, but one or two seats remain for
the lunch with an editor. Contact Carolyn Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, we encourage you to be fearless in striking up conversations with established
scholars at this year's meeting!
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 at https://afsnet.site-ym.com/?page=AMHowTo. We also
invite you to attend the Welcome Breakfast for First-Time Attendees, International Participants, and
Stipend Recipients on Thursday, 7:00—8:00 AM, in the atrium of the Santa
Fe Convention Center.