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CFP: 78th Annual Meeting of Western States Folklore Society

Tuesday, September 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee
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On behalf of the Western States Folklore Society (WSFS), the students and faculty of Brigham Young University invite you to join in exploring the theme of "All in This Together: Folklore, Communities, and Connections," and to exchange ideas on other topics within the field.

The meeting theme is inspired by William A. Wilson's charge in "Folklore, Nationalism, and the Challenge of the Future" that "we must seek in the differing cultural heritages of our neighbors not just those features that separate us from each other but also those which unite us."

Recognizing and acknowledging differential identities is crucial to a nuanced understanding of folkloristics and traditional expressivity; yet, as Wilson asserts, "Folklore is cut from the marrow of human experience" and reveals aspects of the individual, group, and human spirit. Papers are invited that grapple with the challenges of allowing diversity in unity, especially in fractious and potentially appropriative and extractive contemporary society. What does folklore have to do with human connections and communities in the past, present, and future?

Proposals for individual papers and organized panels on any topic related to folklore are welcomed. Brigham Young University (BYU), host of the 2019 annual meeting, is a private university founded, supported, and guided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in Provo, Utah, approximately 100 miles south of Salt Lake City, BYU has included folklore in the curriculum for many decades. Several early participants in the California Folklore Society (Western States Folklore Society precursor) also had Utah ties. Additionally, Utah may have the most folklorists per-capita of any state in the US. The Folklore Society of Utah is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year of working together from diverse situations and identities.


On-site conference registration will begin Thursday evening, April 11. Papers will be presented on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. Nonmembers who join the Society at the time of registration are eligible for membership benefits, including reduced registration fees and a subscription to Western Folklore. The registration fee for regular members is $45; for non-members $70. The registration fees for student/retired members is $25; for non-members $45. Please make checks out to the Western States Folklore Society and address them to:

Western States Folklore Society
17591 River Ranch Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949

Presentations and Abstracts:

Members and nonmembers alike can present papers. Papers are presented in sessions with other papers and need to follow the session schedule. Single-paper presentations should run no longer than 20 minutes (about 2,000 words, or 8-10 double-spaced pages, max.). It is strongly recommended that authors read their final versions aloud before presentation, to make sure they will not run over the limit.

Abstracts must be 100-150 words in length and must be accompanied by a registration fee. You can email abstracts to the Abstract Review Committee at You will receive acknowledgment that your abstract has been submitted.

For questions, contact:

Jill Terry Rudy (
BYU English Department
4157 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602

Registration fees should be postmarked the same day as the abstract submission and should be accompanied by a brief note indicating your name and paper title (non-presenters please indicate “non-presenter”). The deadline for all abstracts, including those for the Student Travel Stipend, is February 15, 2019.

All correspondence will be handled electronically unless specifically requested otherwise.

For more information, visit WSFS’s website.


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