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2016 AFS/ISFNR Joint Annual Meeting
The Society's 2016 annual meeting was a joint meeting with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, October 19-22, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, in Miami, Florida. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations were encouraged but not required, was "Unfinished Stories: Folklife and Folk Narrative at the Gateway to the Future."


Video Archive

The American Folklore Society's YouTube channel now hosts videos of six sessions:

  • Dan Ben-Amos's Don Yoder Address for the AFS Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section, "Kol Nidre, The Prayer That Haunted the Rabbis and Charmed Their Folks"

  • Erika Brady's Francis Lee Utley Address for the AFS Fellows, "Axel's Mask: A Family Tale"

  • Carolyn Dinshaw's Presidential Invited Address, "Rip Van Winkle in the East Village: Queer Times in Stories, Stories in Queer Times"

  • Ellen Kushner's Stith Thompson/Phillips Barry Lecture for the AFS Folk Narrative and Music and Song Sections, "(Re)Writing 'Thomas the Rhymer': A Fantasy Writer Finds Truth (and a Fool-Proof Plot) in Folklore"

  • Ulrich Marzolph's ISFNR Address, "Big Data of the Past: 19th-Century Folk Narrative Researchers and Their Relevance for the Discipline's Future"

  • The "Her-Story: A Feminism and Folklore Retrospective" forum session reviewing folklorists' studies of gender and feminism since 1970, including the "Folklore and Feminism" sessions at the 1986 AFS annual meeting in Baltimore

The URL for the AFS YouTube channel's playlists is

Program Updates

The Program Addendum includes all changes received after the program book was produced in July; changes after October 12 are highlighted in red.

Program Book

You can download a pdf of the Program Book for general information, a program summary, the full schedule, and abstracts; the book will be printed and distributed to registered attendees at the meeting.

Program App

A conference app debuted, providing access to all meeting information, including the full schedule and abstracts, on a smartphone or tablet. The conference app included all the information of the printed program book, with program updates through October 12, and provided the ability to build your own schedule and send messages or chat within the app.

See the App Guide for information about how to get and use the app.

Hotel and Travel Arrangements

See Local Information for information about the conference hotel, links to information about getting to Miami, and visitors' guides, including the essential Local Guide prepared by the Local Planning Committee.

Information for ISFNR Members

Please review this information about the logistics of registering and requesting a letter of invitation.

New Policy: Cancellations

Once a paper or session is submitted, it is expected that the presentation will take place at the conference if the proposal is accepted. Participation in the conference is competitive, and a cancelled presentation creates a hole in the program and eliminates a spot that could have accommodated another scholar. As a courtesy to AFS members, conference presenters, and attendees, AFS strongly discourages presenters from canceling their participation in the conference after proposals have been accepted. Those who find that they can't attend the meeting are encouraged not to cancel, but to find someone else to read their papers.

Starting in 2016, the refund policy is as follows:

  • Program participants (chairs, presenters, discussants, etc.) who withdraw a presentation may request a refund of meeting registration fees until August 31, but a $50 cancellation fee will be retained ($25 for students and low-income participants); after that, no refunds will be issued.
  • Registrants who are not named on the program may receive a full refund until August 31; after that, no refunds will be issued.
  • Additional penalties may be applied for presenters who withdraw a presentation after October 1.

Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at with any annual meeting questions or concerns.


Follow these links to find additional annual meeting information:

 This is the 127th annual meeting of the American Folklore Society.


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