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2015 Annual Meeting: Theme

"Ecologies, Encounters, and Enactments”

The organizing committee invites members of the American Folklore Society as well as interested colleagues in allied professions to the 2015 annual meeting, to be held in Long Beach, California. The theme will be "Ecologies, Encounters, and Enactments."

In choosing this theme, the committee wanted to highlight the multiple regional aspects of California's culture, from its beautiful landscapes and valuable natural resources, to cultural encounters and ecologies, to the varied and lively cultural enactments that have been part of its history.

California's landscapes and ecologies comprise everything from the redwood forests of the north, to the agricultural richness of the Central Valley and the vineyards of Napa, Sonoma, and the Central Coast, to the southern deserts and the state's long coastline. These landscapes have given rise to the lore of loggers, fishermen, cowboys, vintners, surfers, and now Silicon Valley techies.

California has long served as a place of cultural encounter, whether between the many indigenous peoples whose civilizations long predated the arrival of Europeans, or among the new arrivals, whatever their place of origin. As North America's gateway to the Pacific, contiguous with Mexico and the Southwest, the Golden State still attracts migrants and transients, acting as a meeting place and melting pot for cultures from the north and south, east and west.

Finally, the state has a long history of cultural movements and enactments. The crucible of numerous indigenous revitalization movements and rebellions against European colonization and missionization, as well as the birthplace of the film industry, beach and surfer cultures, the cultures of hippies and environmentalists, and the original Burning Man, California has hosted a variety of cultural movements, representations and performances in every imaginable medium.

The organizing committee invites papers, panels, forums, and new types of presentations from the membership, in the hopes that the 2015 annual meeting will continue California's tradition as a place of exciting encounters and vibrant cultural enactments.

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