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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.

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 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 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!).


AFS staff and the meeting planning committee need more time to investigate and decide on the shape of the 2020 program, but it is likely to include a virtual component and a smaller, regional gathering in Tulsa.

In the meantime, the Proposal Review Committee continues its annual blind review of the presentation proposals that have been submitted. The standards for proposal review remain the same: each submission will be considered on its own merits as a contribution to the full convening of the American Folklore Society. If you submitted a proposal, you’ll hear from us in the coming weeks about the Review Committee’s decisions. Though we can’t yet commit to what kind of platform we will provide if your proposal is accepted, rest assured that if it isn’t acceptable to you or you can’t present for other reasons, you may defer your presentation until 2021 or withdraw with a full refund.


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.

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.

Local Information

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

The reservation link for the conference hotel will be posted here when it is available.

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, Image design by Meredith McGriff; photo by Brad Lovell.


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


General Meeting Information

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