76th Annual Meeting: April 21-22, 2017

Place and time: The 76th annual meeting of the Western States Folklore Society (WSFS) will be held 21-22 April, 2017 at University of Oregon, Eugene. There will be a reception and pre-conference registration on April 20, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, near the conference hotel. There also will be a "Graze cultural heritage tour" in the afternoon of April 20. For further information, visit the AWSF page:

Note: The 2017 Annual Meeting Final Program is now ready (you can also go directly to it by clicking the Program PDF button in the navigation panel).

The Archer Taylor Memorial Lecture: This year's lecture will be given by Prof. Dorothy Noyes of The Ohio State University and President-elect of the American Folklore Society.

Note: The conference will begin with special panel session entitled “The Future of Folklore,” that includes national leaders in the field of folkloristics and related disciplines.

Site: All conference proceedings will be held on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. For questions, contact: Professor Daniel Wojcik at: dwojcik@uoregon.edu; phone: 541-346-3946.

Accommodations: There are numerous hotel options in the vicinity of the University of Oregon campus, but the conference hotel recommended below is located near the meeting venues. Please note that the hotel rates are quoted from December 27, 2016 and may be subject to change. You should reserve a room directly with the hotel as soon as possible (the cancellation policy is 24 hours advance notice prior to date of arrival). A group rate, indicated by a group ID, is included in the link. The WSFS group rate will expire on March 18 and the rooms may not be available after that date. We will notify you by email and on this page of any changes, such as group rates, should these become available.

  • The Best Western Hotel at 1655 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1982; phone (541) 683-3669. Click on the link to book using group ID R41YI5E0. Note that the block of rooms reserved for conference attendees runs from 19-23 April; you do not have to reserve for the full period.


Note: Please read the following description carefully, and be sure to follow the stated guidelines exactly. If accepted, your abstract will be printed as given. Be sure to proofread it for grammar and spelling.

Please submit abstracts of 100-150 words in Microsoft Word using the following format:

LAST NAME, First Name (Affiliation in parentheses). Title in boldface. Abstract text (100-150 words only) in regular typeface (not bold). (Your email address, enclosed in parentheses)

Please follow these guidelines exactly.

  • Please use Microsoft Word: PDF and email text are not acceptable.
  • The full abstract, including name, title, descriptive text, and email address must be a single paragraph; do not separate title from text.
  • Descriptive text must not exceed 150 words (that is, not including name, affiliation, title of presentation, and email address).
Abstracts that do not follow these guidelines will be returned to the author for revision.

Abstracts should be submitted to the Abstract Review Committee. Cut and paste the following address into your email program: abstracts@westernfolklore.org. Deadline for abstracts has been extended to February 24, 2017.

Sample abstract:

MIEDER, Wolfgang (University of Vermont). “The American People Rose to the Occasion”; A Proverbial Retrospective of the Marshall Plan after Seventy Years. The American soldier-statesman George C. Marshall (1880-1959) was a major player in rebuilding the economies of Western Europe on democratic principles by way of the Marshall Plan. In his numerous addresses, speeches, and testimonies for this sociopolitical program he also stressed the necessity of humanitarian aid in the form of food, clothes, and other necessities. While his rhetoric was for the most part straight-forward and to the point, he also employed such proverbs as “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” “Practice what you preach,” and “Man does not live by bread alone” to add metaphorical expressiveness to his deliberations. Proverbial expressions like “to sell the same horse twice,” “to tighten one's belt,” and “to hang in the balance” made Marshall's rhetoric more effective by supplying some colloquial color. (Wolfgang.Mieder@uvm.edu)

Registration Fees: If you are submitting an abstract for the conference, you must pay your registration fee online at the time of abstract submission. Your abstract will not be reviewed by the program committee if you have not paid the registration fee (if your abstract for a presentation is not accepted, your registration fee will be promptly refunded). If you are organizing a session or forum that involves multiple participants, all participants must pay the registration fee for the conference. If you are not submitting an abstract but plan to attend the conference, we encourage you register and pay in advance before the deadline, although you may register and pay at the conference. Nonmembers who join the Society at registration are eligible for membership benefits, including reduced registration fees and a subscription to Western Folklore.

Fee information:

Registration fees for regular members:   $45
Registration fees for non-members:   $70
Registration fees for student/retired members:   $25
Registration fees for student/retired nonmembers:   $45
Combined membership and registration fees for individual non-members:   $85 (See note below)
Combined membership and registration fees for student/retired non-members:   $55 (See note below)

To become a member or renew your membership, please pay membership fees first (see the Membership page).

You may now pay your registration fee using PayPal, using your PayPal account, major credit card, or bank account. You do not need to have a PayPal account to do so, as PayPal will handle credit cards and bank accounts.

Select registration category:

When paying by check, make it out to Western States Folklore Society (WSFS) and send it to

Western States Folklore Society
17591 River Ranch Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949-9533

Student Travel Stipends: WSFS awards three student travel stipends of $150 each to students coming to the conference to deliver a paper. To apply, a student must:

  1. Indicate they are applying for the stipend
  2. Submit their abstracts before the February 24 deadline
  3. Submit two abstracts: a 100-150 word abstract for publication in the program and a 350 word abstract in which the paper is described in more detail, with special attention to the conceptual point of the paper.

The second abstract should also be emailed to the Abstract Review Committee at abstracts@westernfolklore.org. The recipients of 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.