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2019 Annual Meeting: Baltimore, Maryland

The Society's 131st annual meeting will be held October 16-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations will be encouraged but not required, is "Community Driven." See the call for papers.


Preregistration is available until August 31; after that, you may register at the meeting at a higher rate.

  • Sign in if you’re a member. Members save significantly on registration rates. Not a member? Join AFS to get this member benefit. Allow a couple days for AFS staff to process your membership before you register for the meeting; join by March 27 if you intend to submit a proposal.
  • Register for the annual meeting.


The deadline for proposals passed on March 31. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of folklorists who live in the region hosting the meeting. Typically, AFS sends notification of acceptance or rejection for the meeting program and posts online a preliminary program in June.

The meeting will begin with an Opening Ceremony on Wednesday evening and conclude on Saturday evening. Preconference events will be scheduled during the day on Wednesday. Learn more when the program is published in June.

Hotel and Local Information

Some preliminary resources are available now, including the reservation link for the conference hotel. More local information will be added as the meeting nears.


New this year: no registration refunds will be issued to those who must withdraw after their proposals are accepted for the meeting program. Anyone whose proposal is not accepted may request a full refund until August 31.  See Annual Meeting Polices for more information.

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.

General Meeting Information

Images of Baltimore

Our 2019 Annual Meeting image is a detail from "Baltimore Cityscape," a painted screen by Dee Herget, 1989. The images on our website header are: 1) skipjack races, Edwin Remsberg Photograghs; 2) an arabber on Baltimore Street in 2006, ©Martha Cooper.



This event is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (



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

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