Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In   |   Join AFS
AFS Review: Notes

Opportunities for Students at the 2014 Annual Meeting

Monday, September 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Share |
There are several opportunities that are designed specifically for students at the 2014 Annual Meeting:

1. AFS Graduate Student Section business meeting, Saturday, 12:15--2:00 pm, Sweeney D. The Graduate Student Section is the home for all students within AFS, and is one important body through which students from any university can plan AFS projects and activities, get to know students from other universities, and make their voices heard within the Society and the field. The Section welcomes new members!

2. Student Mixer. Last year's first-ever student-only mixer was a hit, so we're saving space for this event again this year. Find friends and make new connections with peers from other programs. Cash bar. Agave Lounge, Eldorado Hotel, Thursday, 6:00–8:00 pm.

3. AFS Fellows Reception for Students. The Fellows offer this reception as a way to welcome students to the meeting, to create opportunities for networking with senior members of the field, and to make clear how important students are to the health and vitality of folklore studies. The reception, featuring food provided by the Fellows and a cash bar, will be held immediately after the Fellows' Utley lecture. The reception is in Sweeney C, Friday, 6:00—7:30 pm.

4. AFS Public Programs Section Mixer for Students and Young Professionals. This mixer is an opportunity for graduate students to meet with public folklorists in an informal, casual setting. The Public Programs Section provides food, a cash bar, and a warm welcome. Sweeney D, Friday, 8:00—9:00 pm.

5. The Breakfast of (Folklore) Champions. Senior folklorists have breakfast with students, talking about a designated topic, as well as students’ questions and interests. The Fellows participating in this year’s breakfast, and their topics, are:

    • Norma E. Cantú (University of Missouri, Kansas City), women and gender
    • James S. Griffith (University of Arizona), borderlands
    • William Hansen (Indiana University, emeritus), mythology
    • Jay Mechling (University of California, Davis, emeritus), folk-popular culture relations

This Fellows-sponsored program, now in its sixth year, is a response to numerous requests that the Society create ways for senior members of the field to engage and mentor students directly. Based in part on your evaluations of this event, the Fellows look forward to strengthening it, and creating other such opportunities, in future years.

There is no fee for this event, but since seating is limited, advance registration is required; the eight seats per table will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, email Associate Director Lorraine Walsh Cashman at, indicating your top two preferences, in order, for the conversation in which you want to participate, and which school you currently attend. Please be aware when you make your request that we will not seat students with Fellows from their own institutions.

The Breakfast is Saturday, 7:30—9:00 am, in the Old House Restaurant at the Eldorado Hotel.

6. Volunteer Shifts at AFS Registration and Saturday Dance. Every year, AFS requires some student assistance during the busiest hours at the meeting registration desk; in return for working a full shift at registration, students will have their meeting registration fee refunded or comped. These shifts involve distributing nametags and programs to those who have preregistered, taking registrations and payments for those who register onsite, and any other duties as requested.

We will also take three volunteers to collect tickets at the door of the Saturday Dance Party featuring Felix y Los Gatos, 8:00—11:00 pm. These volunteers will collect tickets, not payment. We won't expect you to bounce undesirables (a security guard will be on the premises), but you will need to be firm about the need for tickets. These volunteers can give each other a break when possible to seek food and entertainment, as long as the door remains covered. These volunteers will not be comped for the meeting, but their $25 dance tickets will be waived for the equivalent of a one-hour shift.

Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis, until all slots are filled. If you are interested, please email Lorraine at, indicating up to three shifts that you could cover, in order of preference.


Wednesday, 3:00-7:00 pm:

Thursday, 7:15-11:15 am:

Thursday, 11 am--3 pm:

Friday, 7:15-11:15 am:

Saturday Dance
Saturday, 8-11 pm:

We also encourage you to participate in:

1. AFS Section Business Meetings. There are more than thirty AFS Sections, serving as gathering places and forums within the Society for people with common interests in the field. All Sections welcome new members, and invite prospective members to attend their annual business meeting to learn more about the interests and activities of the Section. See the AFS Annual Meeting program for specific meeting times and locations.

We highly recommend that if you plan to attend section meetings, you think ahead about your lunch plans: find something you can smuggle in that morning, or preorder a boxed lunch so that you can be present at the meetings, instead of out looking for food. $16 sounds like a lot now, and it is, but food is generally expensive in Santa Fe, especially around the convention center. See the online store at

2. AFS Cultural Diversity Committee Open Meeting. The Cultural Diversity Committee’s ongoing concern is to diversify the Society's membership and to keep the Society engaged with diverse communities. The committee invites everyone to contribute to the discussion in an open meeting on Thursday, Sweeney C, 12:15—2:00 pm.

3. AFS Pilot Mentoring Program. This year is the third in an ongoing project initiated by the AFS Executive Board to arrange mentoring opportunities for students at the annual meeting; see for more information. The shadowing program has filled, but one or two seats remain for the lunch with an editor. Contact Carolyn Ware at

In general, we encourage you to be fearless in striking up conversations with established scholars at this year's meeting!

For those of you attending our meeting for the first time, please see "How to Make the AFS Meeting Work Best for You" by former AFS Board member Carole Carpenter of York University at We also invite you to attend the Welcome Breakfast for First-Time Attendees, International Participants, and Stipend Recipients on Thursday, 7:00—8:00 AM, in the atrium of the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Career Center
| Open Forums
| Online Store
| Renew
| Member Search
| Donate

American Folklore SocietySister Society: SIEF
Classroom-Office Building, Indiana University, 800 East Third Street, Bloomington IN 47405 USA

Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal