A Sprocket Mural Works mural at the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, PA. Photo courtesy of Sean Simmers, PennLive.com July 12, 2016

mural on brick wall says Harrisburg in large letters

The 133rd annual meeting of the American Folklore Society will be held virtually October 18-20 and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 21-23.

The theme of the meeting is Natural States: Environment, Politics, and Tradition

Join us—in-person, virtual, or both!—for the 2021 AFS Annual Meeting

The dates of the conference are now set: October 18-24, 2021, with virtual sessions October 18-20, and in-person sessions in Harrisburg, October 21-23. 

You can browse the preliminary program to see how the program is shaping up, though the schedule will be subject to change through July. We’re still working on developing programming that we look forward to adding throughout the summer.

If you’re presenting, please review your presentation details and send corrections to [email protected] as soon as possible. We will attempt to accommodate change requests if we receive them by July 18.

Check out our FAQs for more general information.

Promotional graphic

Hear from Harrisburg: Virtual Summer Series

You don’t have to wait to arrive in Harrisburg to start learning more about the traditions and perspectives of the diverse communities who live there. Even if you can’t travel, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts makes it possible for you to enter into dialogue with traditional artists and practitioners from central and southern Pennsylvania as they talk about the work they do and how it sustains their communities. 

Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers

Now, more than ever, we have many options for raising awareness of your work, services or products.

Learn more

View from above of many people gathered in a hotel lobby around posters and exhibit tables
Attendees mingle and interact with local artists demonstrating their work at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Baltimore. Photo by Meredith McGriff

2021 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Program Planning Committee

Simon J. Bronner, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, co-chair
Anthony Bak Buccitelli, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, co-chair


Local Arrangements Committee

Brant Ellsworth, Central Penn College, co-chair
Yvonne Milspaw, Harrisburg Area Community College, co-chair

Dan Ben-Amos, University of Pennsylvania
Troy Boyer, Lebanon Valley College
Penny Brady, Visit Harrisburg and Hershey
Danille Christensen, Virginia Tech University
Coralynn Davis, Bucknell University
Joyce Davis, PennLive
Carl Dickson, Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department
Russell Frank, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Jess Hayden, Susquehanna Folk Music Society
Cory Hutcheson, Kutztown University
Mira Johnson, CUNY, Bronx Community College
Fariha Khan, University of Pennsylvania
Jing Li, Gettysburg College
Anna Wei Marshall, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
David Maher, Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PHMC)
Jim McMahon, Landis Valley Museum
Semontee Mitra, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Gloria Merrick
Dana Payne, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Christopher Perez, University of Maryland
David J. Puglia, CUNY, Bronx Community College
Debra Lattanzi Shutika, George Mason University
Amy Skillman, Goucher College
Lenwood Sloan
Kara Rogers Thomas, Frostburg State University
Jeffrey Tolbert, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Questions about the annual meeting? Check our FAQs, or send a message to [email protected].