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 the Society
  • Publications describes our journal, Western Folklore, and how to submit articles and reviews for publication
  • Meetings contains information about our Annual Meetings in April
  • Contact Us provides email and surface mail addresses

Deadline for abstracts extended to March 15 for WSFS 2018 Annual Meeting

Western States Folklore Society is pleased to announce that the date and place for the 2018 Annual Meeting will be April 12-14, 2018 at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. For further information, click on the Call for Papers and/or the 2018 Meeeting button.PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR SUMITTING ABSTRACTS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2018.

Western Folklore, Vol. 77, No. 1 mailed to membership

Volume 77, Number 1 (Winter, 2018), the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on January 3, 2018; please allow three weeks for delivery (foreign mail may take up to two months).

Call For Papers: Western Folklore, Vol. 77, No. 1

July 1, 2017 is the deadline for submissions to be published in Vol. 77, No. 1 (Winter, 2018). Papers should be between 6,000 to 10,000 words in length. For further details, please refer to the guidelines on the Submissions page. For further queries, please email the editor Anthony Bak Buccitelli directly at editor@westernfolklore.org.

Three students awarded travel stipends at 2017 Annual Meeting

The WSFS awards up to three Elliott Oring Student Travel Stipends to students coming to the conference to deliver a paper. At this year's meeting, the three recipients were Andrea Glass (Pennsylvania State University; “Postcards, Pussy Hats, and Protest Pins: Documenting the Folklore of Resistance in Central Pennsylvania”), Annamarie O'Brien (The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg; “Type AMEN if You Believe: Prayer Posts and Vernacular Spiritual Aesthetics”), and Jacob Wolbert (University of California, Berkeley; “Protective Spheres: Sacred and Secular Practices of Establishing Musical Space”).

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 went into effect as of calendar 2017 (Volume 76, et seq.).

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.