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SAVE THE DATE: April 19-20, 2024.

The 2024 WSFS Annual Meeting will be held at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, 2024

Theme: Living in the Now and Then: Memory and Legacy in Folklore Studies

We live in a time when history and memory are viewed as slippery concepts by some. Our very field is boosted by traditionality and knowledge of past ideas and behaviors, yet the TikTok world lives utterly in the moment as though the past never existed. How do we traverse these valleys and what of the past do we choose to elevate and value. How do our stories reflect these interesting times?

As always, the theme is a suggestion for those considering presentation, but not a requirement. We welcome proposals for organized panels or individual papers, videos or poster sessions on any topic related to folklore. We would like to honor our colleague and friend Robert A. Georges at this event with a panel or two and a toast or three. If you have an idea for a panel or paper with him in mind it would be quite welcome.

The Archer Taylor Lecture will be given on Friday evening, April 19, by quilt researcher and historian Laurel Horton. The title of her lecture is "Quilts? Really?"

Full particulars regarding the 2024 Annual Meeting will be provided in a forthcoming formal Call for Papers. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact hwitham@otis.edu

Current issue of Western Folklore sent to members

Volume 82, Number 3/4 (Summer/Fall, 2023), the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on September 21, 2023; please allow three weeks for delivery (foreign mail may take up to two months). To view the contents, refer to the Current Issue page.

Book review titles for Western Folklore now available online

Our Review Editor, Afsane Rezaei, is looking for reviewers for a slew of new books. To access the list, visit the Publications page and click on the Titles for Review button in the navigation panel. There you can select titles you would like to review. Afsane will then contact you about reviewing.