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2018 Annual Meeting

The Society's 130th Annual Meeting took place October 17-20, 2018, at the Buffalo Niagara County Convention Center, in Buffalo, New York, with guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations were encouraged but not required, was “No Illusions, No Exclusions.”

After the Meeting

See 2018 Annual Meeting: News and Announcements for a round up of all meeting related news.

Plenary and section-sponsored lectures, oral histories and professional development sessions were videotaped and posted to the American Folklore Society's Youtube channel in December.


At the time of the annual meeting, there were four alternatives for accessing the 2018 meeting program:

  • A print program book and print program addendum were distributed at the meeting registration desk, to be used with the online program addendum for program changes that emerged after October 12.
  • A pdf of the print book, to be used with the online program addendum for late-breaking changes.
  • Our service provider delivered a conference app on October 14, too late to be given thorough review. The app was described in the AFS Review; it is no longer accessible, post-meeting.
  • An online program had all the content of the print program book in an interactive digital format that could be accessed in any web browser on any device; this was the best, single source of complete, current program information. The online program included all late-breaking changes, with the full schedule and abstracts, indexes, search, and integration with users' calendars. See more about the online program in the AFS Review.

Follow the Meeting

All meeting information is posted to this page, but updates were highlighted as they occured in the AFS Review; members received an email news digest every two weeks. You can also follow AFS on Twitter @afsfolklorists, and track posts about the meeting with the hashtag #afsam18, or find AFS and meeting news on Facebook.

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


Follow these links to find important annual meeting information:

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