Place and Time: The 70th annual meeting of the
Western States Folklore Society (WSFS) will be held 15-16 April 2011 at
the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. The
deadline for abstracts is February 28, 2011. The conference will be held
at USC's main University Park Campus.
Conference Theme: The theme of this year’s
conference is "Future Folklore" which could include the future of
folklore as a discipline, future-oriented folklore, newly emergent
folklore, or the like. As always, while this is the theme of the
conference, papers on all aspects of folklore will be welcomed.
The Archie Taylor Memorial Lecture: This year’s lecture will be given this year by Joe Hickerson, with an introduction by USC professor. Ed Cray.
Site: All conference proceedings will be held in the
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, featuring state of the art media
equipment.Plenty of dining options are located nearby.
Accommodations: WSFS has arranged special rates at
the Radisson Hotel, which borders the campus, and is a very short walk
to the conference rooms. The number of rooms is limited, and
participants are encouraged to book early by calling the Radisson, and
identifying as Western States Folklore Society guests. The conference
rates are $132 per night, for single or double occupancy. This rate
includes high-speed internet access, and access to the 24-hour fitness
center. Parking is available for $15 per day. Rooms will be made
available at this rate only until March 11 and it is possible that rooms
will disappear before this date if there are other bookings. It is very important that you make your reservations as early as possible.
Radisson Hotel at USC: 3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90007; 213/748-4141.
Another nearby option (approximately 3 blocks to campus) is the Vagabond Inn, with rates from $90-100. 3101 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; 213/746-1531.
Getting there: For those flying in, LAX is the
recommended airport. From LAX, one can take a taxi (about $40 per trip),
or a shuttle. Recommended is Prime Time Shuttles
(http://www.primetimeshuttle.com/) with rates at $15 per person. It is
also possible to travel from Burbank airport: Burbank airport has a
metrolink train station that will take you to Union Station in downtown
LA for $6. From there, one can look for the free shuttle to USC (take
the elevator to bus stop #4), or take a taxi for approximately $15.
Abstracts: Abstracts of 100-150 words should be submitted to Tok Thompson at email@example.com. Deadline for abstracts is February 28, 2011.
Those submitting abstracts must pay their registration fees at the same time.
Registration Fees: Registration fees for regular
members are $45.00; for non-members $70.00. Registration fees for
student/retired are $25.00; for 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.
Checks must be made out to Western States Folklore Society. Send your check for the full amount to:
Tok Thompson, Mark Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 355k, 3501
Trousdale Parkway, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA
Student Travel Stipends: For the first time, WSFS is 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 Tok Thompson. 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.
For information updates visit our website westernfolklore.org. Click on "Meetings” in the sidebar.