Saturday, November 4

All times displayed are Pacific Time.

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online
  in-person session will be live streamed from Portland

7:15 am–8:15 am
Skyline III

Section Conveners Breakfast

7:30 am–8:30 am
HopCity Tavern (Hotel Bar and Restaurant, Hilton Portland Downtown)

Regional Arts Organization Breakfast Meeting

8:00 am–9:30 am
Skyline I

Breakfast with a Fellow: Networking, Mentoring, and Sustenance

8:00 am–12:00 pm
Plaza Foyer


8:00 am–1:00 pm
Atrium Ballroom

Exhibit Room

8:00 am–5:00 pm
Boardroom West

Quiet Room

8:00 am–5:00 pm
Boardroom East

Room for Families

8:30 am–10:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (07)

07-01  The Shimkhin Project

07-02  Sounding Board 1: Space and Place

07-03  How Are We Going to Live Here? Lessons, Visions, and Provocations at the Intersection of Folklife and the Climate Crisis [Hybrid]

07-04  Supporting At-Risk Folklore Archives [Hybrid]

07-06  Reading Popular Culture Through Folklore

07-07  Constructing Digital Identities

07-08  Revisiting the Museum Structure/Archives

07-09  Folklore, Advocacy, and Community Protest

07-10  (Up)Roots and Leaves: The UK Folklore Society and Folkloristics in Britain

07-11  Media: Documenting African American Culture

07-12  Directions in Carnival Studies

07-13  Migration and Transnational Heritage

07-14  Sounding Board 2: Foodways

07-15  Sounding Board 3: Folklore Matters

8:30 am–11:30 am
Skyline II

Learning Tradition, Learning Traditionally: Indigenous Teachers and Allies Examine Pathways to Systemic Educational Transformation

10:00 am–11:00 am
Skyline IV

Coffee Break with the Cultural Diversity Committee

10:30 am–12:00 pm
Skyline III

Indiana University Graduate Program Information Session

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (08)

08-01  The Food That Connects: Four Decades of Ikoi no Kai, a Japanese-American Community Lunch Program

08-02  New Approaches in Narrative Studies

08-03  We Need an Accessible Watering Can: Folklorists with Disabilities (Re)Rooting in the Academy [Hybrid]

08-04  Ecological Imaginaries [Hybrid]

08-05  Roots of Korean Folklore, Past and Present

08-06  Weaving Networks and Growing Roots: Two Regional Arts Organizations Work to Support Folk Arts and Culture in Central Appalachia

08-07  Folklore in Digital Spaces

08-09  Lies and Exile: The “Uprooted” in Canonical Early Modern Literature

08-10  Global Arts, Language Arts, and Cultural Traditions in Indigenous Communities

08-11  Media: Folklore in Music, Sound, and Film

08-12  Rooted in the Landscape

08-13  Case Studies in Folklore and Belief

08-14  Case Studies in Women’s Folklore

10:30 am–12:30 pm
Forum Suite

In Honor and Memory of Dan Ben-Amos: A Revolutionary Force and Visionary in the Field of Folklore (Part II)

12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Skyline II

Folklore and Education Section Meeting

1:15 pm–2:15 pm
Skyline II

Approaches to Teaching with Hip Hop

1:15 pm–2:15 pm
Broadway I/II

Meet the Editors: Demystifying the Journal Publishing Process [hybrid]  

1:15 pm–2:15 pm
Senate Suite

Music and Song Section Business Meeting

2:30 pm–4:00 pm
Executive Suite

Yes, #YouToo

2:30 pm–4:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (09)

09-01  Voices from Oregon Tribes

09-02  “All good predictions rhyme”: Making and Escaping Family in Adaptations of The Witcher

09-03  Queering Folkloristics, in Honor of Mickey Weems [Hybrid]

09-05  From Tradition to Heritage: The Dynamic Practice of Handcrafts in China

09-07  Literature, Myth, and Folklore

09-08  The Arts as Folklorist’s Muse: Educating a Child of Conscience

09-09  Folklore, Custom, and Ritual

09-10  Film Screening: By Parties Unknown (85 min.)

09-11  From Turntables to Roundtables: Reflecting on the Roots, Rootlessness, and Uprooting of Hip Hop Culture on its 50th Anniversary

09-14  European Diaspora

09-15  Proverbial Politics and Verbal Play

2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Broadway III/IV

Transforming Culture in the Workplace: An Asset-based Approach to Foster a Powerful Equity-driven Social Sector [hybrid]

Chair: Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, PhD (LeaderSpring Center)

In this invited keynote, you will learn how LeaderSpring Center (LSC), a 25-year social impact intermediary, works to transform systems by centering racial equity and inclusion as 21st century leadership competencies. Dr. Sonia BasSheva Manjon, Co-Executive Director, will explain how this is done through cohort-based learning communities and impact consulting, two major components of her work at LeaderSpring.

Since 1997, through learning communities, LSC has equipped over 300 social sector leaders with knowledge, skills, and support networks needed to lead high-performing organizations and drive lasting change. Impact Consulting prioritizes transforming systems by using an integral learning approach that honors the presence and power of the whole person – head, heart, body, familial/communal origins, and lived experiences in the service of racial equity and social justice.

Dr. Mañjon’s career spans more than 30 years in higher education, nonprofit management, government administration, and public and private sector consulting. Since becoming Executive Director of LeaderSpring Center (LSC) in 2018, she has steered the organization to deepen its commitment to elevating and strengthening the vision, voice, power, and leadership of women of color. In 2023, LeaderSpring adopted a liberatory organizational framework and distributive leadership model where she became Co-Executive Director. Dr. Mañjon teaches in the Nonprofit Management Program at California State University East Bay and Graduate Nonprofit Administration Program at the University of San Francisco.

This live event will not be recorded.

4:45 pm–5:30 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

AFS Business Meeting    

Sponsored by:
American Folklore Society

Executive Director’s State of the Society Address

2024 Annual Meeting theme announcement

Old business

New business

5:30 pm–6:00 pm
Pavilion Foyer

Light Refreshments

6:00 pm–6:45 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

Time of Remembrance    

7:00 pm–8:15 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

AFS Presidential Lecture: Marilyn White    

Chair: Jessica A. Turner (American Folklore Society)

Roots, Rootlessness, and Uprooting: Personal, Ethnographic, and Folkloric Reflections on a Theme

Marilyn M. White (Kean University, retired)

This address examines the manifestation of the theme of this year’s annual meeting by using parts of my own folklore origin story; my varied ethnographic fieldwork experiences—with my own family, the Buraku of Japan, and the people of Little Cayman; various folklore communities; and some of the history of the American Folklore Society. Regarding roots, what are the effects of being rooted within a family, a community, or an ethnic group? For rootlessness, how might not having roots lead to separation or displacement—both physical and metaphorical; how and why might a group create a space to put down roots; what are some of the reasons why those in power might not create or foster a space where varied roots can take hold; and why might those in power take actions to make space? For uprooting, why might a group’s space be taken away, and what are the effects on those involved; what are the reasons for or the effects of a group choosing to uproot?

8:15 pm–10:00 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

Closing Reception

Join Rhapsody Project Co-founder Joe Seamons and the Rhapsody Songsters to share their powerfully rooted model of music education and youth leadership as we close out the Annual Meeting with a celebration of mentorship, the next generation, and the many roots that tie us together. (That’s a literal invitation to join: bring your instrument, your voice, or your enthusiasm to this multi-layered closing reception!)

About the Rhapsody Project: The Rhapsody Project is a multi-generational community that explores and celebrates music and heritage through an anti-racist lens. Based in Seattle and active in several other cities across the U.S., they provide music instruction and cultural events to foster youth leadership and enrich their communities.

This live event will not be recorded.

9:00 pm–11:00 pm
Galleria II

Open Mic Night

9:00 pm–12:00 am
Forum Suite

Instrumental Jam Session

9:00 pm–12:00 am
Studio Suite

Vocal Jam (Song Circle)

9:00 pm–2:00 am
Flower Factory, 1227 SE Stark St, Portland, Oregon

Follow the Music: Exploring the Multi-Linear Legacies of House Culture- Spotlight on Portland, Oregon’s Deep Like… Sessions

10:00 pm–12:00 am
Skyline I/II

Dance Party in Honor of Mickey Weems