Welcome to WSFS

You have reached the Web site of the Western States Folklore Society (formerly California Folklore Society). Click on the buttons in the navigation panel at the left to explore our site:

  • About WSFS describes the organization
  • Membership tells you how to join
  • Publications describes our journal, Western Folklore, and how to submit articles and reviews for publication
  • Meetings contains information about our Annual Meetings in April
  • News contains items of current interest and postings of new career positions in folklore
  • Contact Us provides email and surface mail addresses

Western Folklore, Vol. 76, No. 2 mailed to membership

Volume 76, Number 2 (Spring, 2017), the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on April 17, 2017; please allow three weeks for delivery (foreign mail may take up to two months).

Call for papers for Annual Meeting in April, 2017; deadline extended.

The organizers of WSFS's 2017 Annual Meeting have issued a call for papers to be presented at the 76th Annual Meeting, to be held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, April 21-22, 2017, and we are planning to meet jointly with the Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) The deadline for Abstracts has been extended to February 24, 2017. Please put these dates on your calendar and check back here as plans develop. Click on the 2017 Meeting button for information regarding presentations and abstracts.

WSFS introduces expanded membership class for members with limited income.

WSFS is pleased to announce that we are expanding the $30/year membership rate for students and retirees to include those who are on limited income for any reason (adjunct professorships, for example, may qualify). This rate category goes into effect for calendar 2017 (Volume 76, et seq.).

WSFS keeps 2017 membership/subscription rates steady for individuals, rates for institutions to go up.

As announced earlier to our institutional subscribers, subscription rates will be raised $10/year for all institutional subscriptions, foreign and domestic. Rates for individual members will not be increased.. Please refer to the Publications page for the current (2017 et seq.) rates.

WSFS celebrates 75 years in 2016

2016 was the 75th anniversary year of the Western States Folklore Society (formerly the California Folklore Society, founded in the 1941-1942 academic year). This year's Annual Meeting was held at University of California, Berkeley on 8-9 April 2016. A very great deal of thanks is due all who help bring about a very successful and productive meeting. WSFS expresses particular thanks to the UC Berkeley Organizing Committee: Ronelle Alexander, Charles Briggs, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rebecca Lomnicky, Stein Mathisen, Alison O'Connor-Korb, Luke Patterson, and Samuel Puliafico. Support was provided by The University of California Berkeley Folklore Graduate Program, The Alan Dundes Distinguished Chair in Folklore, and the Departments of Anthropology; German; Music; Scandinavian; Slavic Languages and Literatures; and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Three students awarded travel stipends at 2016 Annual Meeting

The WSFS awards up to three Elliott Oring Student Travel Stipends to students coming to the conference to deliver a paper. At last year's meeting, the three recipients were Eleanor Hasken (Western Kentucky University), Bethany Schiffman (University of California, Los Angeles), and Xun Xiong (Sun Yat-sen University).

WSFS now accepting applications via email and payments via PayPal

WSFS is pleased to announced that applications downloaded from this website may be submitted electronically by email to the Business Manager and payments may be submitted for immediate processing through PayPal. Visit the Membership page for details.

Membership benefit: JSTOR access to folklore journals

All members of the WSFS will be able to get access to the JSTOR archive of the back issues of Western Folklore and other folklore journals for a payment of $15/year. Visit the News page for details and a link to the AFS page for subscribing to JSTOR.