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


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  • Register for the annual meeting. Preregistration is available until August 31 at discounted rates.

Preliminary Program

The preliminary program is a readable work in progress. The June 30 deadline for change requests has passed. The preliminary program shows all changes that have been made as AFS staff works on finalizing program details. The program book will be posted here as a pdf when it is available. Contact for questions about the program.

Presenters, inform AFS immediately if your plans change, so that corrections can be made to the program. Those who don’t contact us may be subject to penalties for cancellations or no-shows (see annual meeting policies).

Annual Meeting Policies

All attendees should familiarize themselves with our annual meeting policies on accessibility, appropriate behavior and social media use; presenters should also note policies about AV, cancellations and no-shows.

Getting There, Getting Around and Where to Stay

See Local information for more about booking a room at the conference hotel and flying or driving to Buffalo.

Plan to come early to find out why the New York Times called Buffalo one of its “52 Places to Go in 2018," or to venture out for many more sights worth seeing beyond Buffalo.

The Local Planning Committee has prepared two pre-conference tours on Wednesday, October 17; registration is required by August 31. They've also shared ideas for self-guided excursions for those who can extend their stay, or even for those who have a few hours to get away.

Ticketed Events

Advance registration is required by August 31 for ticketed events, including workshops, tours and a Saturday dinner/dance.

Mentoring Opportunities

Be a mentor or meet a mentor at the annual meeting. The AFS Mentoring Program pairs students or new professionals with established professionals so that each may get to know the other better. The Mentoring Committee will accept applications from mentors and mentees until August 1.

Letters of Invitation

Contact us at as soon as possible to request a letter of invitation if it is needed for your organization or visa application.

Follow the Meeting

All meeting information is posted to this page, but updates are highlighted as they occur in the AFS Review; members receive 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.


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