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2020 Annual Meeting: Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Society's 132nd annual meeting will be held October 14–17, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The theme for the meeting is Recentering the Periphery.


Most Recent News

The Proposal Review Committee reviewed proposals, and decisions were mailed June 30. Presenters now have until July 15 to decide whether they would prefer to present virtually, defer until 2021 or 2022, or withdraw their proposals. See our 2020 Annual Meeting Policy Updates for more context for weighing these options.

If you don’t submit your preferences by July 15 using the pathway directed in your acceptance message, we will withdraw your proposal but keep your meeting registration active until we hear from you. Requests to present in 2020 must be received by July 15 to be given priority consideration.

The planning committee will use that information to build a preliminary program that should be available in August.

You can find answers to questions about our virtual meeting plans at 2020 Virtual Meeting: FAQ.

COVID-19 Concerns

Update (5/4/2020): AFS Rebooks Tulsa Annual Meeting for 2022 but Continues to Plan for a Smaller Fall Meeting

AFS staff has booked a full meeting in Tulsa in October 2022, and is now exploring options for a virtual program combined with a much smaller, regional meeting in 2020. See the AFS Review for more details about this decision, and Program, below.

AFS will communicate directly with members and meeting registrants as soon as there is more information to share: we will email all registered attendees, post updates here, in the AFS Review, and in our social media channels as our plans take shape.

We encourage attendees to wait to make travel arrangements until more program information is forthcoming.

See COVID-19 Resources for a round-up of information about work in response to the crisis.

If you have questions as you plan your meeting participation, please contact our offices by email or phone at AmericanFolkloreSociety@gmail.com and/or 812/856-2379.


“Hoping Machine”

We remain hopeful that our efforts to meet in Tulsa will be realized, perhaps through an even stronger and more intentional meeting. Woody Guthrie wrote, “The note of hope is the only note that can keep us from falling to the bottom of the heap of evolution. Because, largely, about all a human being is anyway is just a hoping machine.” To that end, we reached out to a few of our members to ask them to share what they are hopeful for; member Thomas Richardson created some videos in the new Zoom aesthetic (thanks, Thomas!). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4FRcP0trlQrgQn3JGNSfAK60LTbSP4qJ


Program

AFS staff and the meeting planning committee need more time to work on the shape of the 2020 program, but it is likely to revolve around a virtual meeting with a much smaller, regional network building event for those who live within a few hours' drive of Tulsa.

In the meantime, the Proposal Review Committee reviewed proposals, and decisions were mailed June 30.

Presenters have until July 15 to decide whether they would prefer to present virtually, defer until 2021 or 2022, or withdraw their proposals.

The planning committee will use that information to build a preliminary program that should be available in August.


Register

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.

Need to defer billing? If you're in a precarious financial position or having difficulty navigating quarantine bureaucracies to get funds, we're here to help. Use this promo code on the registration fee payment page: BillMeLater2020 (enter it in the "promo code" box, hit "apply," then proceed through check out). This allows you to register and submit your proposal now; we'll send you an invoice that can be paid later.

Register here for the annual meeting.


Local Information

Some preliminary resources are available now, including some articles about Tulsa that have come our way.

More local Information will be added as the meeting nears.


About our meeting image

The image above presents a close up of the "Center of the Universe," an acoustic anomaly in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Find out more about the phenomenon at "The Center of the Universe: An Acoustic Anomaly with a Mysterious Cause," Atlas Obscura, https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-center-of-the-universe-tulsa-oklahoma. Image design by Meredith McGriff; photo by Brad Lovell.


Contact

Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at lcashman@indiana.edu with any annual meeting questions or concerns.

 

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