Regrettably, due to the tightening of budgets across all participating agencies and organizations, we have decided to cancel our annual meeting of the Association of Western States Folklorists this year.  Alternatives to a face-to-face meeting (such as a virtual meeting) are currently being discussed so please stay tuned for more information this spring.

We want to congratulate our winner of the 2010 Bea Roeder Fund Scholarship, University of Oregon graduate student Al Bersch.  In lieu of this year’s meeting, Mr. Bersch will be invited to use the scholarship to attend the 2011 AWSF meeting.  A bit about Al:

Al is a graduate student in folklore at the University of Oregon. His
ethnography work with commercial fishers will culminate in an exhibit
this spring at the Maritime Museum in Newport, Oregon. Al has also
worked on a photography project with loggers and foresters in
southeastern British Colombia. He is interested in how logging and
fishing are important to the social identity of many communities in
the Pacific Northwest and how resource extraction industries are
connected with such issues as environmental change, political policy,
and economic decline.