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The 2014 Wayland D. Hand Prize for an Outstanding Book Combining Folkloristic and Historical Perspective: call for submissions

The Folklore and History Section of the American Folklore Society, publisher of the journal Folklore Historian, invites submissions for its biennial Wayland D. Hand Prize for an outstanding book that combines historical and folkloristic perspectives. A work offered for consideration can be an authored book, edited volume or reference work, or exhibition catalog published between June 2013 and June 2014. For more information, visit the News page.

The 2014 Raphael Patai Prize in Jewish Folklore and Ethnology: call for papers

The Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section of the American Folklore Society and the Committee on the Anthropology of Jews and Judaism of the American Anthropological Association invite submissions for its Raphael Patai Prize in Jewish Folklore and Ethnology awarded for the best unpublished student paper on Jewish folklore and ethnology completed between June 2013 and June 2014. For more information, visit the News page.

The Jack Henning Graduate Fellowship in Labor Culture and History accepting applications.

This fellowship has been established by the Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture and History to honor the life and work of Jack Henning, San Francisco labor leader. Its purposes is to encourage innovative study of the expressive culture of working people in the United States, their identities, philosophies, and the problems they encounter. For further information, visit the Henning Fellowship page.

Association of Western States Folklorists to meet concurrently with WSFS

The Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF), the professional organization of public sector folklorists working in the West, will hold its annual meeting separately but concurrently with the WSFS annual meeting, April 10-12, 2014. AWSF invites WSFS members who have registered for the WSFS meeting to join us for any sessions they would like, space permitting. For further information, visit the News page by clicking the navigation button to the left.

Note: AWSF and the Bridger Folk Music Society are sponsoring a concert/presentation on folk songs from northern Utah and southern Idaho. Check the News page for details.

USU to be site for 2014 Annual Meeting

The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Western States Folklore Society will be held 11-12 April, 2014 at Utah State University, located in Logan, UT. For further information visit the Meetings page.

Student stipends for travel to the Annual Meeting

WSFS is again offering three student travel stipends of $100 each. Visit the 2014 Annual Meeting page for details on how to apply. The student stipends will be announced in early March. Preference will be given to students who come from afar and incur significant travel expenses in coming to the meeting.

WSFS has new editor

Western States Folklore Society's new editor is Prof. Tok Thompson at University of Southern California. Please note his new address for all manuscript submissions except reviews by visiting the Contact Us page

Latest issue of Western Folklore

Volume 72, Number 2, the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on November 21, 2013. Visit the Publications page for more information.

Computational Folkloristics: Call for Papers

Visit the News for further information about the Special Issue of the Journal of American Folklore on Computational Folkloristics, edited by Timothy R. Tangherlini.

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.