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2014 Western States Folklore Society Meeting
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4/11/2014 to 4/12/2014
When: 4/11/2014
Where: Utah State University
Logan, Utah 
United States

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Place and time: The 73rd annual conference of the Western States Folklore Society conference will take place 11-12 April 2014 at the University Inn on the campus of Utah State University. The meeting will be held concurrently with the Association of Western States Folklorists Meeting (see information below).

Theme: Folklore at the Crossroads

With its mountains, waterways, and abundant natural features, the land now called Utah has long been a crossroads for Native peoples and other travelers and settlers. In the 1860s, Utah was called the Crossroads of the West when the overland telegraph and transcontinental railroad converged within the boundaries of the territory. With concurrent meetings of the Western States Folklore Society (WSFS) and the Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF), this conference seeks to investigate and promote the significance of folklore today. We invite proposals on folklore at the crossroads of continuity and change as this applies to the American West, to face-to-face and digital communities, and to educational and fiscal reform affecting government programs, universities, and non-profit organizations. Folklore remains at the crossroads . . . of tradition and innovation; the local and global; the informal and institutional; the small group festive gathering and the MMORPG; the applied and the abstract; the oral and other media; the embodied and the technological; the public and academic, to name just some key intersections. We seek papers addressing the role of folklore, and the impact on folklore, at any of these crossroads. As always, proposal for papers on any folklore topic will be welcome.

The Archer Taylor Memorial Lecture: This year’s lecture will be given by Prof. Charles Briggs, Chair of the UC Berkeley Folklore Program and Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore.

Abstracts of 100-150 words should be submitted to Lisa Gabbert: The deadline for abstracts is 1 March 2014.

Please submit abstracts in Microsoft Word (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 $40.00. All those submitting abstracts must pay registration fees in advance or they will not be included in the program. Send the fee to: Western States Folklore Society, P.O. Box 3557, Long Beach CA 90803-0557. If you join the WSFS when you send in your fees, you will pay the lower member registration rate.

Student travel stipends: 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 100-150 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 Lisa Gabbert at The student stipends will be announced in early March. Some preference will be given to students who come from afar and incur significant travel expenses in coming to the meeting.

If you have questions, please contact Lisa Gabbert, or Jill Rudy,  

Association of Western States Folklorists Meeting Concurrently with WSFS: Meeting concurrently with the WSFS annual meeting will be the annual meeting of the Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF). AWSF is the professional organization of public sector folklorists working in the West. Their meeting is April 10-12. AWSF invites WSFS members (who have registered for the WSFS meeting) to join us for any sessions they would like, space permitting.

In particular, AWSF sponsors an annual field trip, affectionately known as The Graze, in which folklorists travel to sites of folkloristic interest in the area where the meeting is being held. The Graze will take place on Thursday, April 10, beginning at around 9am and going until mid- or late afternoon. Among the sites planned are the location of the Bear River Massacre, in which upwards of 300 Northwestern Shoshone were killed by the U.S. Army. We will also likely visit at least one folk artist and see one or two historic barns. Transportation will be by private vehicle, so if you will have a car at the meeting and want to participate, please let us know. There is no cost for the Graze other than for gasoline and lunch, but we do need to know if you plan on attending so we can arrange carpooling. If there are not enough private cars to manage the number of people wanting to participate, or if the number of cars becomes unwieldy, we may have to rent a bus, in which case there would be an additional cost.

A meeting agenda will be made available by AWSF about one month before the meeting. Please contact Elaine Thatcher at or 435.752.5920 to register for the Graze or with any questions about the AWSF meeting. Registration for the full AWSF meeting is through WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation). The registration fee has not yet been set, because it depends upon the costs of the meeting, which are still being determined. For information, please contact Elaine Thatcher or Chrissy Deal at WESTAF: or 303-629-1166. You can keep up with the planning of the AWSF meeting at

Transportation: Logan, Utah is 90 miles from Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Express is the only public means of transport. Cost of round trip transportation from airport to University Inn in Logan UT is $64.50. Reservations may be made on-line at You can also rent a car; rental rates vary.

Lodging: The conference will be held at the University Inn and Conference Center, which is on the campus of Utah State University. Room rates with a discount for conference attendees are $69 for a double queen room. A block of 50 rooms has been reserved; ask for the Western Folklore discount when calling to make your reservation. Be sure to make your reservations soon. The rooms will run out and are only being held for a limited time. Visit for further information.

Other accommodations in Logan are available, but may require a short taxi or car ride to the university. These include:

Hampton Inn Logan

Address: 1665 N Main St, Logan, UT 84341

Phone:(435) 713-4567

approx: $92.00


Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites


Best Western Weston Inn

approx. $95.00


Anniversary Inn Bed and Breakfast


Super 8 Logan


Springhill Suites

Check our website for further information as it becomes available.

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