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77th Annual Conference of the Western States Folklore Society
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4/12/2018 to 4/14/2018
When: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Where: Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, California 
United States
Contact: Heather Joseph-Witham

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The Western States Folklore Society (WSFS) invites proposals for its 77th Annual Conference, to take place April 12–14, 2018 at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.

A reception and pre-conference registration will take place on April 12, from 5:00–7:30pm, near the conference hotel. All conference proceedings will be held on the Otis College campus in Los Angeles.

For questions, contact: Professor Heather Joseph-Witham at:



Conference registration will begin Thursday evening, April 12. Papers will be presented on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Nonmembers who join the Society at the time of registration are eligible for membership benefits, including reduced registration fees and a subscription to Western Folklore.

Visit the 2018 Meeting page on the WSFS website for further details, and to register via PayPal. Please make checks payable to the Western States Folklore Society and address them to:

Western States Folklore Society
17591 River Ranch Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949



If you wish to present a paper, please submit an abstract of 100–150 words by March 1, 2018. Send it to



Rooms have been reserved at the Custom Hotel, 8639 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045 for April 12–14 at the rate of $119.00 for Queen or Double/Double. Click on the hotel name link to make a reservation, or call the hotel at (310) 645-0400. When booking, specify WSFS group and group code Otis.

The hotel will hold rooms at this rate only until March 15, 2018. Other low-price special offers may be available as well; the Otis code should be mentioned at the time of booking for all special rates. The hotel is within walking distance of Otis.


The Archer Taylor Memorial Lecture

The 2018 lecture will be given by Prof. Daniel Wojcik, Professor of English and Folklore Studies, and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies at the University of Oregon.

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