Dining Guide

We have created a short Dining Guide with some food options near the conference.


Final Schedule Now Available!

The finalized conference schedule has been posted on our Schedule page. Please click the link at the top of that page to see the full program book with a detailed schedule of sessions and abstracts. On-site registration will be available from 8-9 a.m. and again during the lunch break every day. The cost is $60, or $45 for students. A few print program books will also be available for purchase ($8) if you did not pre-order. Outside of the official schedule, please note that there will be evening receptions starting around 8 p.m. – we’ll have details available at the registration desk.

We have added a section to the Housing and Travel page with information about parking and how to get around the IU campus and Bloomington. Those who are staying in the IU residence halls should have received an email with details about your stay; if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Don’t forget about the FOAF Store on CafePress! The store will remain open after the conference, and all funds will go to support post-conference efforts to continue these important conversations (a traveling exhibit and a blog are in the works, as well as potential print publications).

Registration is now open!

Registration for the Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics is now open! Please go to our Registration page for details and to find the link to the registration system.

All participants, including presenters, must register for the conference. The regular registration rate is $45, and the student/low-income rate is $30.

Online registration will close on March 19, 2017, so register soon to ensure you receive these low pre-registration rates!

Call for Papers

The field of folklore studies in North America comprises a small, but dedicated group of scholars who see a viable future for the academic study of folklore as well as applied and public engagement of that scholarship.The Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics (FOAF), planned by a group of Indiana University graduate students with the sponsorship of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and the American Folklore Society, will take place May 18–20, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana. This conference seeks to create a productive conversation about the field of folklore and what we as folklorists can do to maintain the discipline both inside and outside of the academy.

This meeting is intended to bring together folklorists from all career stages to think about and discuss the discipline as a whole. It is also our goal to draw scholars from a variety of programs and public sector agencies. This is not a forum to present individual current research, but to explore the direction of our discipline as a whole.

This meeting will feature three plenary lectures from Kay Turner, Diane Goldstein, and Debra Lattanzi Shutika and an exhibit on the history of folklore studies programs in the United States with discussant Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt. We are currently seeking proposals for individual presentations and group sessions. In order to facilitate important conversations, we strongly encourage proposals for workshops and roundtables, but submissions for traditional paper presentations will also be considered.

Proposal submission ends December 15, 2016.

An email notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent the first week of February 2017. A preliminary schedule will also be available at that time. There will be a small registration fee to help cover the costs of the conference. Fees will not be due until after notifications have been sent. In an attempt to keep costs low for participants, we have arranged for affordable housing options with Indiana University Housing.

We are accepting submissions on any topic related to the future of folkloristics. Potential topics include:

  • Sustaining academic folklore programs
  • Folklore pedagogy within and outside of folklore departments
  • New directions in public practice
  • Theoretical foundations of applied folklore
  • Professional development and career directions
  • Application of folklore theory to the contemporary world
  • Diversity in the field related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact the Planning Committee at foaf2017@gmail.com.