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

Special Seminar by Elliott Oring to be given at 2015 Annual Meeting

A special seminar by Elliott Oring is being offered to graduate students and junior faculty on “Academic Writing, Publishing, and Presentation.” The seminar will be held on the UCLA campus on Thursday afternoon prior to the annual meeting (time and place to be arranged). For further information, visit the 2015 Meeting page and scroll to the bottom.

2015 Annual Meeting to be held at UCLA

The 74th Annual Meeting of the Western States Folklore Society will be held April 17-18, 2015 at UCLA. Visit the Meetings page for further information including lodging and reservation information.

Latest issue of Western Folklore

Volume 73, Number 4, the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on March 6, 2015. Visit the Publications page for more information.

Three students awarded travel stipends at 2014 Annual Meeting

The WSFS awards three student travel stipends of $100 each to students coming to the conference to deliver a paper. For full information and a photograph, visit the Stipend page.

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.

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.