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2017 Annual Meeting
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The Society's 128th annual meeting will take place October 18-21, 2017 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations are encouraged but not required, is "Community: Resistance, Reclamation, and Re-Creation.”

Conference App

The 2017 conference app is now available, providing access to all meeting information, including the full schedule and abstracts, on a smartphone or tablet. The app includes all the information of the printed program book, with program updates through October 17, and gives you the ability to build your own program schedule and send messages or chat within the app. You will need an iPhone, iPad, or Android device; the app does not work on Kindles, laptop or desktop computers. See the Guide to the 2017 Annual Meeting App for more information.

Live Streaming of Plenary Lectures

Every year, AFS videotapes some special sessions that become available in the AFS Collection in IUScholarWorks and on our YouTube Channel in the weeks after the meeting. This year, we will record plenary and section-sponsored lectures, oral histories, and professional development workshops. Additionally, the two plenary lectures will also be available to watch live at

  • Francis Lee Utley Lecture: Elliott Oring, "Back to the Future: Questions for Theory in the 21st Century," Friday, October 20, 4:15-5:15 pm.
  • AFS Presidential Lecture: Kay Turner, "The Witch in Flight," Saturday, October 21, 6:00-7:00 pm

Revised Program

Click here to see the revised schedule for the 2017 Annual Meeting or view the entire program book, including abstracts. Check for program changes since August 31 on the online program addendum.


Preregistration closed August 31. Registration will re-open at the meeting starting at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 18. See Registration rates.

Getting There, Getting Around, and Where to Stay

See Local Information for more about the booking a room at the conference hotel, airport and local transportation, and guides to restaurants and attractions.

Adventures in Archiving Preconference

The AFS Archives and Libraries Section is hosting “Adventures in Archiving,” a two-day conference on archives and library-related issues, on October 16-17, at the Minneapolis Central Library, less than half a mile from the Marriott City Center. For more information, please visit the conference webpage.

New Policy Statements

In April 2017, the AFS Executive Board approved new policy statements on appropriate behavior and social media use at annual meetings. Please review these and all meeting policies.

Cancellation Policy

Once a proposal is submitted, it is expected that the author(s) will present at the conference if the proposal is accepted. Participation in the conference is competitive, and a cancelled presentation creates a hole in the program and eliminates a spot that could have accommodated another presenter. As a courtesy to AFS members, conference presenters, and attendees, AFS strongly discourages presenters from canceling their participation in the conference after proposals have been reviewed. Those who find that they can't attend the meeting are encouraged not to cancel, but to find someone else to read their papers.

The refund policy is as follows:

  • Program participants (chairs, presenters, discussants, etc.) who withdraw a presentation may request a refund of meeting registration fees until August 31, but a $75 cancellation fee will be retained ($35 for students and low-income participants); after that, no refunds will be issued.
  • Registrants who are not named on the program may receive a full refund until August 31; after that, no refunds will be issued.
  • Presenters who withdraw a presentation after October 1 may not present at the next year’s annual meeting.

The cancellation fee will not be charged for those who can't attend because of visa difficulties; other exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at with any annual meeting questions or concerns.

Follow these links to find additional annual meeting information:

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