AFS Graduate Students’ and Young Professionals’ Section: Know Before You Go Guide to AFSAM 2022

Annual Meeting News
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What is the American Folklore Society?

“The American Folklore Society is a membership organization dedicated to supporting the individuals and organizations engaged in the study and advancement of folklore and expressive cultural traditions throughout the world. AFS serves its members and the general public by providing programming, publications, policies, and resources examining and affirming the diversity of human creativity across time, heritages, and places.”

Joining AFS as a student comes with many benefits and resources including a digital career center, getting involved in one of over 30 special-interest groups to further refine your study, four hard-copy issues of the Journal of American Folklore, and more. As a student, you get all of this for the price of $55.00 per year, and if you have a financial need, you can submit a fee waiver here.

What is the Grad Students and Young Professional (GSYP) Section?

Our section brings together students and young professionals to exchange ideas, to create a community of young and early-career folklorists, and to act as a unified voice for future professionals within AFS. We keep our section dues low at $5/year to keep our section accessible to members. Dues are integral to supporting section activities at AFSAM and during the year. Join us on Facebook here!

What is the AFSAM?

The American Folklore Society Annual Meeting brings together “close to 900 scholars, cultural workers, practitioners, artists, educators, and more come from around the world to enjoy a wide variety of presentations, discussions, films, workshops, and concerts, to learn about current work, and to make or renew contact with others in the field. The largest single gathering anywhere that is devoted to folklore, the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society sparks the conversations that challenge and sustain us throughout the year.”

The 134th annual meeting of the American Folklore Society will be held October 12–15, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa. The theme of the meeting is Re-Centering the Periphery. See the full program for the meeting here.

Registration for AFSAM

You can register at the student price of $85 here. You can also apply for a fee waiver, or learn about funding options here.

Would you like a complimentary registration?

Consider signing up to be an AFS volunteer! We will need volunteers to staff the registration table as usual, as well as volunteers to serve as Zoom moderators for our slate of hybrid sessions. We will distribute a call for volunteers soon, but please let us know now at [email protected] if you are interested.

Other AFSAM Information:

Annual Meeting Essentials


Airports Tulsa Area:

Hotel Information

There is 24-hour complimentary airport transportation between the Hyatt Regency and the Tulsa International Airport.

You must book by September 20, 2022 to be sure to get the conference rate.

Dining in the hotel:

  • Topeca Coffee
  • Daily Grill Lounge
  • Daily Grill

Local Guide to Tulsa

AFS Tulsa Resource Page


Wednesday, October 12

Opening Ceremony and Awards and Recognitions

  • 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Room: Tulsa South

Welcome Reception

  • 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Room: Tulsa Foyer

Thursday, October 13

Indiana University Graduate Program Info Session
  • 1:15 pm–2:15 pm
  • Room: Diplomat

Reception Celebrating the AFS Notable Folklorists of Color

  • 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Room: Promenade Foyer

Graduate Student and Young Professional Happy Hour

  • 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • Room: Oklahoma North

Friday, October 14

How Folklorists Can Address the #MeToo Movement

  • 1:15 pm–2:15 pm
  • Room: Tulsa North

Meet the Editors: Demystifying the Journal Publishing Process

  • 1:15 pm–2:15 pm
  • Room: Tulsa Central
AFS Graduate Fieldwork Grants: Info Session and Workshop
  • 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
  • Room: Studio 315

Fellows Reception for Students

  • 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Room: Tulsa Central
  • This is a great opportunity to meet senior scholars over food and a cash bar.

University Receptions (IU, MUN, OSU)

  • 9:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Rooms: Promenade Foyer, Tulsa Foyer
  • These are a great way to talk to professors and students from different programs and pick up snacks. Regardless of what school you’re at or went to, these are open to all people!

Folkwise Game Room

  • 10:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Room: Executive

Saturday, October 15

Breakfast with a Fellow

  • 8:00 am–9:30 am
  • Room: Tulsa North
  • Registration required in advance; registration is now closed.

AFS Business Meeting

  • 5:30 pm–6:15 pm
  • Room: Tulsa South
  • If you’re interested in learning about how AFS operates, this might be for you.

Candidates’ Reception

  • 6:15 pm–7:00pm
  • Room: Tulsa North
  • Get to know nominees in AFS’ upcoming elections over refreshments.

AFS Presidential Invited Lecture: Miami Tribe – Miami University: Neepwaantiinki “Partners in Learning

  • 7:00 pm–8:15 pm
  • Room: Tulsa South

Closing Reception and Participatory Native American Stomp Dance Hosted by the Duck Creek Ceremonial Ground

  • 8:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Room: Cain’s Ballroom, 423 North Main St, Tulsa

Quiet Room

Throughout the conference there is a Quiet Room in Studio 304. If you ever need a break or get overwhelmed, this is a great place to regroup.

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