Right now, proposals submitted for the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society are being reviewed by the official review committee in the first step toward constructing this year’s program. AFS receives hundreds of proposals every year for pre-organized sessions and individual presentations, and at least two readers provide blind review for each 500-word abstract. Each reader reviews up to 50 proposals, mixed by type and assigned with care by the review coordinator.
For the 2023 AFS annual meeting in Portland, our reviewers bring to their task their knowledge and experience in the field and their familiarity with the communities and expressive arts of this unique city and the surrounding region. They hail from academic and public institutions in Oregon and Washington, as well as from further afield in Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, and New York. They bring together their diverse experiences in academic and public folklore work and their international research interests to inform their review of proposals.
After all proposals are reviewed by two readers each, the review coordinator will focus on panel assembly, gathering accepted individual presentations into panels according to their thematic connections and assigning panel chairs as they go.
The important service done by the review committee is the foundation upon which the annual meeting is constructed each year. Thank you to our volunteers!
After panel assembly, the proposal data will be returned to AFS staff to do the complex work of scheduling pre-organized and assembled panels, keynote lectures, social receptions, section business meetings, performances, workshops, film screenings, networking events, and more during our two-part conference, happening virtually October 11-12, and in-person in Portland, Oregon, November 1-4.
The preliminary program and decisions about acceptance, rejection, and scheduling will be released by the end of June.
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