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2012 Western States Folklore Society Meeting
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4/20/2011 to 4/21/2011
When: 4/20/2011
Where: California State University Sacramento
Sacramento, California 
United States

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2012 Western States Folklore Society Meeting in Sacramento, California

Dates: The 2012 Meeting of the Western States Folklore Society will take place on 20-21 April 2012.

Location: California State University, Sacramento. 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Maps available at

Conference theme:"The Arts of Ceremony: Living Traditions in the Twenty-first Century.” Papers on all aspects of folklore will be welcomed.

Archer Taylor Lecturer: Prof. Timothy R. Tangherlini, Chair of Scandinavian Section, Germanic Languages and Literature; Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA.

Paper Submission:Send abstract of 100-200 words to Joyce Bishop The deadline for submission of abstracts is 29 February 2012. All submissions must be accompanied by the payment of registration fees (see below).

Registration fees: Registration fees for regular members are $45; for non-members $70. Registration fees for student/retired members are $25; for student/ retired non-members $40. Registration checks should be sent to: Western States Folklore Society (WSFS), PO Box 3557, Long Beach CA 90803-0557.

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.

Accommodations: Larkspur Landing Home Suite Hotel. 555 Howe Avenue,Sacramento, CA 95825 (tel:916-646-1212). Contact person: Director of Sales, Jodi Garcia. Identify yourself as attending the Western States Folklore Society Meeting at California State University, Sacramento.

Government rate of $84 for the smaller suite with one queen-size bed, and $104 for the larger suite with two queen-size beds.These rates are only good for reservations made before 19 March.

The rooms are extremely well appointed witha large desk and workspace, electronics, and a fully equipped kitchen.Each guest receives acomplimentary breakfast in an attractive breakfast area. Cookies and fruit are available all day, and coffee, tea, and chocolate are available24hrs.There is a fitness room and whirlpool spa. The hotel has no restaurant, but there are numerous places to eat nearby. Parking at the hotel is free for guests.

It is a nice walkup theAmerican RiverParkway and Bike Trail to campus. For the less adventurous,it is a five minute drive or less to campus.

Alternative Accommodations: A Comfort Inn is on the opposite side of campus across the freeway: 21 Howe Avenue (tel: 916-379-0400). The CSUS price is actually a bit higher than the Larkspur, and the facilities and neighborhood are not as nice. There is also aMotel Six just south of campus: 7850 College Town Drive (tel:916-383-8110). Their rate is $39.99 on Thurs. and $49.99 on Fri and Sat—$6 more for an extra person.

Transportation: American,United,and the regional carriers fly into Sacramento on a regular basis. The taxi one-way fromthe airport to the Larkspur Hotel is about $60. However,a single person on the Super Shuttle is $22 one way. And there are other shuttles. Car rentals are at airport.

Parking: On-campus parking is $6 a day with no exceptions.

Attractions:The American River Bike Trail is probably the premier bike trail in the United States—nearly thirty milesthrough a beautiful natural area of oaks,cottonwoods, and other growth along the AmericanRiver. It remains a superb salmon and steelhead stream. CSUS is onmile 8.The trail andparkway begin at the confluence of the American and SacramentoRivers in Old Town Sacramento and continue east to above Folsom Dam and Folsom Prison. Any piece of it is a great ride. Upstream from CSUS is pleasant with lots of walkers, runner, and riders.

Therearemany good restaurants and galleries in midtown Sacramento. Good wineries are just down the Sacramento Riverfrom the city with many neat river towns, including Locke, a Chinese settlement. The Gold Country in the Sierra foothills is about an hour’s drive along Interstate80 East and State 49.

Contacts: Joyce Bishop (tel:916-278-5627) or for matters concerning abstracts and local arrangements. For matters concerning membership,registration, and the payment of fees, contact Elliott Oring at

Student Travel Stipends: WSFS is again offering three student travel stipends of $100each. 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 Joyce Bishop. 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.


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