The AFS offers two ways to pay tribute at the annual meeting to our colleagues who have died since the last gathering.
The first of these, the Time of Remembrance, is a reading of prepared memorials at Wednesday evening’s Opening Ceremonies. Each remembrance will be limited to 250 words (approximately one double-spaced page). In order for the remembrance of a particular colleague to be included in this event, the person proposing to read it must submit the text of the remembrance to AFS associate director Lorraine Walsh Cashman (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 1. Only pre-arranged and pre-scheduled statements will be read at the Time of Remembrance. After the annual meeting, we will publish these statements on the Society’s web site (see the Folklore Wiki: http://afsnet.org/?InMemoriam)
The second occasion is the Memorial Board and Table, inspired by the many folk traditions that commemorate the dead during the month of October. Once again, AFS will provide a draped table and poster board, pushpins, and slips of paper for sharing remembrances for those who would like to make use of these items. The Memorial Board and Table will be located in the Narragansett Ballroom lobby, not far from the registration desk, Thursday through Saturday. We encourage you to bring photographs of the deceased, printed obituaries, flowers, battery-powered votive candles and other mementos in honor of folklorists who have died and display them on the Memorial Board and Table for the duration of the meeting. Memorials here are not limited only to those who have died within the last year, but can include beloved mentors, friends and ancestors in our profession who are no longer with us and whom you wish to honor. Please remember that food and live candles will not be permitted.
Thanks to your contributions, these traditions have become a great success. We hope the Time of Remembrance and the Memorial Board and Table will continue to grow organically, fueled by our memories and imagination, so we can remember and honor our beloved colleagues in community.