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2017 Annual Meeting

The Society's 129th annual meeting took place October 18-21, 2017 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations were encouraged but not required, was "Community: Resistance, Reclamation, and Re-Creation.”

Live Streaming of Plenary Lectures

Every year, AFS videotapes some special sessions that become available in the AFS Collection in IUScholarWorks and on our YouTube Channel in the weeks after the meeting. In 2017, we recorded plenary and section-sponsored lectures, oral histories, and professional development workshops. Additionally, the two plenary lectures were available to watch live at

  • Francis Lee Utley Lecture: Elliott Oring, "Back to the Future: Questions for Theory in the 21st Century," Friday, October 20, 4:15-5:15 pm.
  • AFS Presidential Lecture: Kay Turner, "The Witch in Flight," Saturday, October 21, 6:00-7:00 pm

Links to recordings will be posted here when they become available.

Revised Program

Click here to see the revised schedule for the 2017 Annual Meeting or view the entire program book, including abstracts. Changes to the program received after August 31 can be found on the online program addendum.

Getting There, Getting Around, and Where to Stay

Local Information provided information about booking a room at the conference hotel, airport and local transportation, and guides to restaurants and attractions.

Adventures in Archiving Preconference

The AFS Archives and Libraries Section hosted “Adventures in Archiving,” a two-day conference on archives and library-related issues, on October 16-17, at the Minneapolis Central Library, less than half a mile from the Marriott City Center. For more information, please visit the conference webpage.

New Policy Statements

In April 2017, the AFS Executive Board approved new policy statements on appropriate behavior and social media use at annual meetings. Please review these and all meeting policies.

Cancellation Policy

Once a proposal is submitted, it is expected that the author(s) will present 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 presenter. 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 reviewed. Those who find that they can't attend the meeting are encouraged not to cancel, but to find someone else to read their papers.

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 $75 cancellation fee will be retained ($35 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.
  • Presenters who withdraw a presentation after October 1 may not present at the next year’s annual meeting.

The cancellation fee will not be charged for those who can't attend because of visa difficulties; other exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

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

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