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AFS Annual Meeting Offers Two Ways to Memorialize Deceased Colleagues

Friday, August 24, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
At last year’s meeting in Bloomington, Indiana, AFS offered two new ways of paying tribute to our colleagues who have died since the last AFS annual meeting.  Thanks to your contributions, these traditions were a great success.  We will be repeating them at this year’s meeting in New Orleans.  Our remembrance process has two elements.

The first of these, the Time of Remembrance, will take place at Wednesday evening’s Opening Ceremonies. Each remembrance will be limited to 250 words (approximately one double-spaced page). In order for the remembrance of a particular colleague to be included in this event, the person proposing to read it must submit the text of the remembrance to AFS associate director Lorraine Cashman ( by October 1. Only pre-arranged and pre-scheduled statements will be read at the Time of Remembrance. After the annual meeting, we will publish these statements on the Society’s web site (see

The second element is the Memorial Board and Table, inspired by the many folk traditions that commemorate the dead during the month of October. Once again, AFS will provide a draped table and poster board, pushpins, and slips of paper for sharing remembrances for those who would like to make use of these items. The Memorial Board and Table will be located in the Exhibit Room.  We encourage you to bring photographs of the deceased, printed obituaries, flowers, battery-powered votive candles and other mementos in honor of folklorists who have died and display them on the Memorial Board and Table for the duration of the meeting.  Memorials here are not limited only to those who have died within the last year, but can include beloved mentors, friends and ancestors in our profession who are no longer with us and whom you wish to honor.  Please remember that food and live candles will not be permitted.

We hope the Time of Remembrance and the Memorial Board and Table will continue to grow organically, fueled by our memories and imagination, so we can remember and honor our beloved colleagues in community.

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