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71st Annual Meeting of the Western States Folklore Society
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4/19/2013 to 4/20/2013
When: 4/19/2012
Where: University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, California 
United States
Contact: Michele Goldwasser

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2013 Meeting of the Western States Folklore Society (WSFS)

Place and time: The 71st annual meeting of the Western States Folklore Society (WSFS) will be held 19-20 April 2013 on the campus of the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla, California. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2013.

Conference Theme: The theme of this year’s conference is "Folklore in a Digital Age." Rather than disappearing, folklore is gaining new significance in the 21st century. Digital technologies, such as the Internet, smart phones, and digital photography, are changing our society and our discipline. Our society in the digital age embodies the global as it reasserts the local. Folklore plays a vital role in this process. Meanwhile, new media are altering the way folklore is performed, collected, and disseminated. This conference seeks to investigate the significance of folklore today by inviting papers on topics such as the role of folklore in the building of transnational communities, the development of cultural revitalization programs, and the emergence of indigenous movements. In addition, we invite papers addressing the impact of digital technologies on folklore, including topics such as digital folklore genres, virtual folklore archives, and intellectual property rights. We also seek papers examining folklore research, ethnography, and theory in a digital age. As always, papers on all aspects of folklore will be welcomed.

The Archie Taylor Memorial Lecture: This year’s lecture will be given this year by Carol T. Silverman, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Orgeon.

Site: All conference proceedings will be held in the Cross-Cultural Center in Price Center East on the UCSD campus. Please view the campus map at

Accommodations: WSFS has arranged special rates at the Clarion-Del Mar Inn, 720 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, California 92014. Participants are encouraged to book early by calling the Del Mar Inn (800-451-4515). Please identify yourself as participants in the Western States Folklore Society conference at UCSD. Room prices begin at $99 per night, and increase based on occupancy and location. (Some have ocean views.) This rate includes high-speed internet access and free parking. The number of rooms is limited, and rooms must be booked by March 11 for these rates. It is very important that you make your reservations as early as possible.

The Del Mar Inn is located in the heart of Del Mar, within walking distance of the beach and a variety of shops and restaurants. For more information, visit

The Del Mar Inn does have a shuttle to UCSD which runs at scheduled times. It is a small shuttle, however, and you should reserve a space the night before. Inquire at the desk for shuttle times. If the shuttle is filled, city buses stop near the hotel and run to UCSD. Taxis are also available. Inquire at the hotel desk for assistance and directions.

You CANNOT walk from the Del Mar Inn to the UCSD campus.

There are three hotels within walking distance (less than one mile) of the campus. Request the UCSD rate when reserving your room. These rates are based on availability.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa (UCSD rates begin at $179.00)
9700 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037; 858-550-1000

Residence Inn by Marriott (UCSD rates begin at $165.00)
8901 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037; 858-587-1770 or 800-331-3131

Sheraton La Jolla Hotel (UCSD rates begin at $159.00)
3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037; 858-453-5500 or 866-500-0335

Getting to the Del Mar Inn and UCSD: The San Diego International Airport is the recommended airport. Local shuttles and taxis are available at the airport.

Parking at UCSD is limited on Friday. Please carpool if possible. The most convenient parking for our conference is in the Gilman Parking Structure. Permits for parking in this structure must be purchased in the pay stations located throughout the Gilman Parking Structure. These are valid only for this structure. You must park in spaces marked "V” and clearly display the permit. Permits are available for $2.00 per hour or $16.00 per day. The Hopkins Parking Structure is an alternative, and permits are available in this structure for $1.00 per hour or $8.00 per day. Follow the instructions on the pay station for parking. On Saturday, parking is free in all spaces unless otherwise marked.

Driving to UCSD from the north: For the Gilman Parking Structure, exit Interstate 5 at La Jolla Village Drive. Turn right and stay in the right hand lane. Turn right at Villa La Jolla Drive to enter the UCSD campus. Proceed straight until you reach the Gilman Parking Structure (straight ahead) at the corner of Villa La Jolla Drive and Gilman Drive.

Driving to UCSD from the south: For the Gilman Parking Structure, exit Interstate 5 at Gilman Drive. Turn left and continue (about 1.5 miles) to the UCSD campus. Proceed to the Gilman Parking Structure (on the left) at the corner of Villa La Jolla Drive and Gilman Drive.

For the Hopkins Parking Structure, driving from either direction, exit the Interstate 5 at Genesee Avenue and head west. Turn left at North Torrey Pines Road, then immediately left at Northpoint Drive. Continue on Northpoint Drive as it becomes Hopkins Drive. The Hopkins Parking Structure will be on your right.

Driving from the Del Mar Inn to UCSD: Go south on Camino del Mar. It becomes North Torrey Pines Road. Continue up the hill to North Torrey Pines Road and turn right. (If you continue straight, the road becomes Genesee Avenue.) For the Hopkins Parking Structure, turn left at Northpoint Drive. Northpoint Drive becomes Hopkins Drive. The Hopkins Parking Structure is on your right at the corner of Hopkins Drive and Voigt Drive. For the Gilman Parking Structure, continue on North Torrey Pines Road as it becomes La Jolla Village Drive. Turn left at Villa La Jolla Drive. Proceed until you reach the Gilman Parking Structure (straight ahead) at the corner of Villa La Jolla Drive and Gilman Drive.

From the parking structures, walk towards Price Center East in the center of campus. The Cross-Cultural Center (CCC) is on the second floor. View the campus map at for directions.

Abstracts: Abstracts of 100-150 words should be submitted to Michele Goldwasser at Deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2013.

Please submit abstracts in MicrosoftWord (if possible) using the following format:

Last Name, First Name (Affiliation). Title. Abstract.

Registration Fees: Registration fees for regular members are $45.00; for non-members $70.00. Registration fees for student/retired members are $25.00; for student/retired 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. See for registration information.

Those submitting papers must pay their registration fees at the time of abstract submission. (Others may pay registration at the conference.)

Registration checks must be made out to Western States Folklore Society (WSFS).

Send your registration fee to:

Western States Folklore Society

P.O. Box 3557

Long Beach CA 90803-0557

Student Travel Stipends: The WSFS awards three student travel stipends of $100 each to students coming to the conference to deliver a paper. To apply, a student must: (1) indicate they are applying apply for the stipend; (2) submit their abstracts before the 1 March 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 Michele Goldwasser at 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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