Archer Taylor Lectures

The Western States Folklore Society (formerly California Folklore Society) holds Annual Meetings to encourage professional and amateur folklorists to meet each other, present papers, and engage in discussions of all aspects of folklore and folklife The Meetings, usually held on a weekend in April and extending from Friday through Sunday morning, are hosted by different colleges or universities throughout the western states from the Rockies to the Pacific

One important event in the Society’s Meetings is the invitational Archer Taylor Lecture Series, given by a folklorist of note The lectures are subsequently published in the Society’s journal, Western Folklore

To learn more about the Western States Folklore Society, visit its site at https://westernfolkloreorg/

Some of the lectures are collected here For some personal details of Archer Taylor, read the 1999 lecture

Year Title
2019 "Folklore Identity is the Thing" Juwen Zhang, Willamette University
2018 "Trauma and Art Making" Dan Wojcik, University of Oregon
2017 "ExemplaryLogic: Archer Taylor's Associative Thinking and the Folklore of Liberalism" Dorothy Noyes, The Ohio State University, Ohio
2016  "The Significance of Historical Folklore Studies for the Present: a Conversation with Archer Taylor?" Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
2015 "Hawks, Horses, and Huns: The Impact of Peoples of the Steppe on the Folk Culture of Northern Europe" John D Niles, University of California, Los Angeles, California
2014 "Back to the Basics: Rethinking Poetics, Performance and Psychoanalysis" Charles L Briggs, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
2013 "Global Gypsy: Balkan Romani Music, Representation and Appropriation," Carol Silverman, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, Oregon
2012 "The Folklore Macroscope: Challenges for a Computational Folkloristics," Timothy R Tangherlini, Scandinavian Section and Department of Asian Languages, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
2011 The 2011 lecture will be given by Joe Hickerson, with an introduction by USC Prof Ed Cray, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
2009 "The Rise and Fall–and Return–of the Class Rush: A Study in Contested Tradition" Simon Bronner Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
2008 "Rethinking Folklorization in Ecuador: Multivocality in the Expressive Contact Zone" John McDowell University of California, Davis
2007 "Cats and Dogs, Trolls and Devils: At Home in Some Migratory Legend Types" John Lindow, University of California, Los Angeles
2006 "Is the Pope Still Catholic? Some Unfinished Business about Proverbs," Charles Doyle, University of California, Berkeley
2005 "Reinventing Ritual: Folklore and Public Display," Jack Santino, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
2004 "Film and Video: Fieldwork Tools for Surviving the 21st Century," Sharon R Sherman, California State University, Northridge, California
2003 No title Roger Abrahams, Sacramento, California (with the California American Studies Association)
2002 "Back to the Hearth: The Politics of Reflexivity and Representation in Context," Margaret K Brady, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
2001 "Pots, Kettles, and Interpretations of Blackness in the Use of Proverbs," Patricia A Tuner, Otis College of Art and Design, California
2000 "In lingua veritas: Proverbial Rhetoric in Victor Klemperer's Diaries of the Nazi Years," Wolfgang Mieder, University of California, Berkeley, California
1999 "My Summer with Archer, and Some Unfinished Business," California State University, Fullerton, California (with Southwestern Anthropological Association)
1998 "The End of Folklore," Barre Toelken, Sacramento, California
1997 "Folklore and the Civil Sphere," Jay Mechling, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
1996 "Let it Go to the Garlic! Evil Eye and the Fertility of Women among the Sephardim," Rosemary Levy Zumwalt, Berkeley, California
1995 "Why Make (Folk) Art?" Michael Owen Jones, Pasadena, California
1994 "The 'M' Word," Norine Dresser, University of California, Davis, California
1993 "Humor and the Suppression of Sentiment," Elliott Oring, San Diego, California (with Southwestern Anthropological Association)
1992 "The German Connection: The Brothers Grimm and the Study of 'Oral' Literature," Donald Ward, Sacramento, California
1991 "The Apple Shot: Interpreting the Legend of William Tell," Alan Dundes, University of California, Los Angeles, California
1990 "Personal Narratives: The Family Novel," William A Wilson, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California
1989 "On the Importance of Rotting Fish: A Proverb and Its Audience," Shirley L Arora, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
1988 "From Proverb to Belief and Superstition: An Encyclopedic Vision," Frances Cattermole-Tally, Berkeley, California (with the Association for the Study of Play)
1987 "In the Stope, at the Hall: Who Treasures Tales of Work?" Archie Green, University of California, Los Angeles,California
1986 "Carnival as Folklore," Dan Crowley, Modesto Junior College, Modesto, California
1985 "The Folklorist as Comparatist," Robert A Georges, University of California, Irvine, California
1984 "The Aisling and the Cowboy: Some Unnoticed Influences of Irish Vision Poetry on Anglo-American Ballads," D K Wilgus, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California
1983 "Chinese Symbolism," Wolfram Eberhard, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
1982 "Oracles, Delphic and Non-Delphic," Joseph Fontenrose, University of California, Davis, California
1981 "Perhaps Too Much to Chew," William Bascom, University of California, Los Angeles, California
1980 "California Legendry and the Reverberant Joaquin Murieta," Hector Lee, California State University, Sonoma, Rohnert Park, California
1979 "Let's Make It a Tradition," Bertrand H Bronson, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
1978 "Theurgic Medicine: A Challenge to the Folklorist," Wayland Hand, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

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