2021 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

October 18-23, 2021

Welcome to the Program Hub!

The theme of the 133rd annual meeting of the American Folklore Society is Natural States: Environment, Politics, and Tradition, inspired by our destination of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a state capital located on the Susquehanna River in a region perhaps best known for its Amish farms, yet also a space for immigration, sustenance, resilience, and creativity.

In this era of grave global concern for the future, for politics, and for natural and cultural sustainability on our planet, this international conference takes “tradition” as an entry point that cuts across the region’s diverse communities, the multiple meanings of states (political, psychological, social) and of environments (natural, material, social). Whether forming the basis for the consolidation of power, for efforts at cultural and environmental preservation, or for the formation of grassroots resistance, the concept of “tradition” and traditional practices have proved a remarkably renewable element in social, political, and ecological relations here, elsewhere, and throughout modern history.

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Explore Harrisburg

Find out more about this year’s Annual Meeting host city, Harrisburg, PA.

This year’s meeting has programming for both virtual and in-person attendees!

  • Virtual Program: the first three days, October 18-20, will present exclusively virtual sessions. Most of them will be recorded for asynchronous access that will be available about one day after they are recorded. Look for a few virtual or live-streamed sessions October 21-23, too!
  • Harrisburg Program: We will then gather in-person on October 21–23 at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the events from the in-person meeting will be live-streamed and/or recorded to be available to all meeting participants.

Want to print a program?

You can download these printable documents, but note that they are not as current as the online hub. Please confirm essential details online.

Virtual Program Schedule

Harrisburg Program

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Anyone may view this entire program, including the Schedule and Showcase, but only registered, logged-in users will be able to access live and recorded sessions, presenters’ contact information, and participate in forums.

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Your access to this platform is tied to your registration. It is NOT the same as the login you use to access the AFS Member Portal. Look for an email from AFS with your Annual Meeting Hub login information! (Didn’t get the message? Check your Junk folder for a message from [email protected])

Join Sessions

“Join Session” links will be visible on session details the day of the session, but not before. Can’t see them that day? Log in!

View Recordings

Recordings of past sessions will be added about a day after they occur. Go the the session details page to find the embedded video. Recordings will be available through January 2022.

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Register today to ensure you have access when the annual meeting begins!

If you register after business hours, allow up to 12 hours between registering and gaining access to the platform.

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 troubleshooting assistance. Look for the yellow text bubble icon that floats at the bottom of your right-hand scroll bar. (It looks like this!)