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Instructions for Submitting a Poster Presentation

In a format that is new to the 2011 annual meeting, individual poster presentations will be considered for inclusion in one of four curated exhibitions addressing the following themes: (1) War, Peace, Folklore, (2) Folklore and Folklorists Making a Difference, (3) Folklore Studies and the Digital Humanities, and (4) Musical Cultures. The poster exhibitions will be unveiled and discussed at an opening reception held Thursday morning and the exhibitions will remain prominently displayed in a designated exhibition hall throughout the meeting. Each of the four exhibitions will include an overarching exhibition panel, prepared by the exhibition curator, that introduces the exhibition theme and draws linkages between the individual posters included in the exhibition. Like all presentation submissions, poster abstracts will be reviewed, and if chosen, placed in the program by the Program Committee. A limited number of spaces are available in each exhibition.

To enhance the overall effectiveness of the exhibitions, contributors of accepted poster proposals will be asked to create posters that share certain characteristics. Among these will be a 4' by 4' format and the inclusion of a photograph of the presenter (to facilitate discussion of the posters throughout the conference). Unlike in past years, posters will be presented on dedicated poster panels (rather than easels). Each 4'x4' poster should be brought to the conference rolled up. Thumbtacks for mounting the posters to the panels will be provided. Posters can be claimed at the AFS meeting registration desk on Saturday.

Materials required for the proposal: 

  • the text of your short (100-word) and long (500-word) abstract, to be pasted into text boxes
  • a Word .doc containing only the short abstract to be attached to the online form

Proposal Process: Posters fall within the category of "individual presentations." The path for submitting the proposal begins on the 2011 Annual Meeting page, with the link for "submitting a presentation or session proposal online." Each individual poster presenter must submit her registration, registration fee payment, and the online individual proposal form, including long and short abstracts for the paper. When submitting your poster proposal, you will be asked to submit your proposal to one of the four exhibitions.


You must attach to the proposal form a Word document containing your short abstract. Before you begin your submission, please prepare the Word document using AFS style, so you can attach it to the form later in the process.

You must submit your proposal no later than March 31, 2011.

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