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Welcome to the 2023 AFS Annual Meeting Hub!

2023 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

October 11-12, 2023 | Fully Virtual: This Annual Meeting Hub

November 1-4, 2023 | Hilton Downtown Portland, Portland, Oregon

This hub is the digital center of Annual Meeting information, where you can find the current program and other essentials, like information about visiting Portland, exhibitors and sponsors, and more.

Keep scrolling for lots more information!

Check out our program!

Anyone can see our schedule and showcase

This year, AFS is offering two days of dedicated virtual programming, October 11-12, in addition to a four-day, in-person gathering in Portland, Oregon, November 1-4.

AFS will also offer virtual access to some Portland-based programming in the form of streamed keynotes, a limited number of hybrid sessions, and more session recordings.

See the menu above to browse the current program for both parts of our annual meeting.

But the program is never static! Some changes to the schedule will inevitably arise, even during the conference.

The program on this Hub will reflect all updates as we process them, but you should also check the addendum for an at-a-glance round-up of last-minute changes that may affect your plans. We will start to populate the Addendum on Oct. 1.

Virtual Access for Some Meeting Events

Registered attendees who can’t attend in person may join us for two days of dedicated virtual programming (Oct. 11-12) as well as watch some in-person events live, attend a limited number of hybrid panels during concurrent sessions, and access recordings of these live-streamed and hybrid programs after the in-person meeting (Nov. 1-4).

Meeting Highlights

Learn about networking opportunities, view section guides, and check out topics explored throughout the Annual Meeting.

Roots, Rootlessness, and Uprooting

The theme of the conference is Roots, Rootlessness, and Uprooting, pointing to historic, natural, and social processes of connection, creation, and removal. It also invites us to consider how and why injustice manifests, how it can be confronted, and invites presentations that highlight the role of folklore and folklorists. We invite participants to reflect on notions of roots as they connect to geographies and migration or more broadly to cultural practice or even shifts in disciplines or institutions. How might folklorists contribute to larger conversations in productive ways?

What’s the buzz?

See what they’re saying on Instagram and Facebook about the 2023 Annual Meeting! The hashtag is #afsam23

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In Memoriam

We remember our colleagues who we lost this year.

What is remembered lives.

Log in to access more!

Anyone may view this entire program, including the Schedule and Showcase.

Log In is only required for access to presenters’ contact information and live and recorded sessions. Registrants receive their log in information by email.

Register now to ensure that you have access when the Annual Meeting begins!

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Need help?

If you’re having any issues with registration, program hub access, or anything else to do with this year’s annual meeting, you can email us for help.


During the meeting, AFS staff will monitor a help line: you can send us a text message for assistance. Look for the yellow text bubble icon that floats at the bottom of your right-hand scroll bar. (It looks like this!)