International Society for Contemporary Legend Research is pleased to
announce that the 2012 conference will be held in Göttingen on 5-9 June 2012 under the auspices of the Encyclopedia of the Folktale (Enzyklopädie
des Märchens), an institute of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. The
conference will take place in the Old University Library
(Paulinerkirche), Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen.
the meeting will be organized as a series of seminars at which the
majority of attendants will present papers. Concurrent sessions will be
avoided so that all attendants can hear all papers. Proposals for
special panels, discussion sessions and other related events are
encouraged. All presentations will be limited to 20 minutes with an
additional 10 minutes for discussion.
Proposals for papers on all
aspects of "contemporary," "urban," or "modern" legend research are
sought as are those on any legend or legend-like tradition that
circulate actively at present or have circulated at an earlier
historical period. To submit a proposal, please forward a title and
abstract (250-300 words) by 1 February 2012 to:
Christine Shojaei Kawan
Enzyklopädie des Märchens
Friedländer Weg 2
is a small but lively university town in the heart of Germany, famous
for its many Nobel prizewinners and for a time the home of the Brothers
Grimm, who worked at the very place where we shall be meeting. 2012 is
the bicentenary of the first volume of their Household Tales.
7 June will be set aside for an excursion. It will take us to a region
in the immediate vicinity which was cut in two by the Iron Curtain. We
shall see beautiful old towns with half-timbered houses typical of the
area and some medieval castles, maybe with a glance at the realm of Frau
Holle and the birthplace of fable author Burkhart Waldis. We shall also
visit the Borderland Museum situated at a former border crossing-point.
This museum illustrates the conditions of life of the local population
in the Soviet period, including spectacular escapes and enforced
population relocations, and is the repository of rich sources of oral
To help me with the organisation of the conference I
have nominated a Steering Committee comprising myself (chairperson),
Professor R. W. Brednich (Göttingen and Wellington), Professor Carl
Lindahl (Houston), and Mr Axel Füllgrabe (secretary seconded by the
Encyclopedia of the Folktale).
The following practical information can be given at this time:
conference fee (including transportation, lunch and admission tickets
on the excursion day, but not the optional conference dinner or other
meals) is currently estimated at EUR 80.00 for ISCLR members (EUR 55.00
for accompanying persons, EUR 110.00 for non-members, EUR 98.50 for
non-member students). It will be payable via bank transfer by 31 May
2012. Bank details will be given in in a second circular to be issued
before Christmas 2011. Cash payment on arrival can only be accepted in
exceptional circumstances. Payment by check or credit card will not be
Hotel accommodation must be booked and paid for
individually. I have reserved 10 double rooms (EUR 77.00) and 40 single
rooms (EUR 55.00) at Leinehotel (websitewww.leinehotel-goe.de) until 5
March 2012. Both prices are reduced and include breakfast. When booking,
please use the ID "Akademie der Wissenschaften” (strictly thus in
German, otherwise the computer will not be able to find the
reservation). The hotel is located at about 15 minutes walking distance
from the conference site and about 10 minutes from the railway station.
There are also reliable municipal buses.
For other hotels,
information and booking are available on the website of the Göttingen
Tourist Bureau (www.goettingen-tourismus.de).
For those who can
afford it, I would warmly recommend Gebhards Hotel, an elegant hotel of
high standard close to the conference venue (www.hotelgebhards.de).The
youth hostel (Jugendherberge;
www.djh-niedersachsen.de/jh/goettingen/goettingen-jh) and Hostel 37
(www.hostelz.com/hostel/175207-Hostel-37) would be good low-budget
The most convenient international access to Göttingen
is via the airports of Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Berlin. From these
cities there are frequent daytime connections to Göttingen with the
German railway system (website www.bahn.de). A rail connection that is
cheaper because it is very much closer to Göttingen is from Hanover
airport, which is the hub of the low-cost airline GermanWings.
Participants who wish to travel with RyanAir should preferably use the
airports of Bremen and Lübeck, bearing in mind that savings on airfares
might be levelled out by more expensive train tickets.
I look forward to meeting you all in Göttingen.
Christine Shojaei Kawan
Enzyklopädie des Märchens, Göttingen