77th Annual Conference Announcement

and Call for Papers

April 12-14, 2018

Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Place and time: The 77th annual meeting of the Western States Folklore Society (WSFS) will be held April 12-14, 2018 at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. A reception and pre-conference registration will take place on April 12, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, near the conference hotel. All conference proceedings will be held on the Otis College campus in Los Angeles. For questions, contact: Professor Heather Joseph-Witham at: hwitham@otis.edu

Registration: Conference registration will begin Thursday evening, April 12. Papers will be presented on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Nonmembers who join the Society at the time of registration are eligible for membership benefits, including reduced registration fees and a subscription to Western Folklore. Registration fees for regular members are $45; for non-members $70. Registration fees for student/retired members are $25; for non-members $45. Please make checks out to the Western States Folklore Society and address them to:

Otis College
LAS Department
9045 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The Archer Taylor Memorial Lecture: The 2018 lecture will be given by Prof. Daniel Wojcik, Professor of English and Folklore Studies, and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies at the University of Oregon.

Accommodations: Rooms have been reserved at the Custom Hotel, 8639 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045 for April 12-14 at the rate of $119.00 for Queen or Double/Double.  Click on the hotel name link to make a reservation. The hotel is within walking distance of Otis College of Art and Design, where paper presentations will take place. Call the hotel at  (310) 258-5708 to make reservations. When booking, specifiy WSFS group and group code Otis. The hotel will hold rooms at this rate only until March 15, 2018. Other low-price special offers may be available as well; the Otis code should be mentioned at the time of booking for all special rates.

The hotel’s Web site address is www.CustomHotel.com.


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 by March 15, 2018. Please use 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.

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/joint/retired/limited income 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 $200 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.