The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research is pleased to
announce that ISCLR 2013 will be held May 28 to June 2 in Lexington,
Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World, situated in the lovely Bluegrass
region of the state. Generous support for ISCLR is being provided by the
University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences and by the Department of
Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures (home of the UK
Folklore and Mythology program).
As usual, 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 invited as are those on any legend or legend-like tradition circulating
actively or which have circulated in an earlier historical period. To
submit a proposal, please forward a title and abstract (250-300 words) by
February 1, 2013 to:
of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Patterson Office Tower
We are organizing a fantastic program that includes a
presentation by Doug Boyd, director of the Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral
History at the University of Kentucky (libraries.uky.edu/nunncenter)
and a tour of the University of Kentucky Special Collections by Gordon Hogg, the
UK Special Collections Librarian (most likely on Tuesday, May 28 after the
opening reception at a historic home on the University of Kentucky campus) and a
demonstration by the ghost hunter Patti Starr on Wednesday, May 29 (www.ghosthunter.com/). The conference
dinner will take place on Friday, May 31 at the fabulous Holly Hill Inn in
Midway (www.hollyhillinn.com/). A
performance on the lawn of the Inn by the roots musicians the Reel World String
will follow the conference dinner.
has its own airport, Bluegrass Field.Taxis are available for transport to
the hotel (approximately $20); the Hyatt and Hilton also offer free shuttles.
Some may find it better to fly intothe Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky or
Louisville airports, roughly 1.5 hours by car from Lexington. Ground
transportation to and from those airports is available at a cost of
approximately $190 each way for a sedan with driver (www.goldshieldcars.com/) or via rental car.
conference hotel (where all the sessions will take place) will be the historic
(and reputedly haunted) Gratz Park Inn (www.gratzparkinn.com/).
have reserved 14 rooms with a queen bed, 7 rooms with 2 queen beds, and 11
rooms with a king bed for the discounted rate of $99 per night. You can also
reserve one of three Jr. King Suites for the discounted rate of $169 per night.
The hotel tax in Lexington is 13.42%. To reserve a room, you must call the
Gratz Park Inn 800-752-4166 (toll free) or (859) 231-1777; reservations for the
discounted rate may not be made online. Refer to the code ISCLR or
International Society of Contemporary Legend Research. To receive these rates,
reservations must be made by April 27,
within walking distance (20-30 minutes) of the Gratz Park include:
fees (including the conference dinner, transportation to the Holly Hill, the
musical performance and the ghost hunting demonstration) are as follows:
ISCLR member ($105 USD, $105 CAD,
Non-ISCLR member ($145 USD, $145 CAD, £90, 112€)
Student non-ISCLR member ($130 USD, $130 CAD, £80,
Companion (attending reception, banquet) ($90 USD, $90
CAD, £55, 70€ )
Registration forms, with more
details,will be available in February 2013. At that time, you will
be able to pay for registration, the optional excursion (see below), and your
very own Legend shirt (see below) all in one payment (by check or by credit
card through PayPal). In the meantime, if you have any questions about
dues, registration or payments, please contact:
Elissa R. Henken
We are planning an optional day-long excursion for Thursday,
May 30 featuring a trip to the Keeneland racetrack (for breakfast at the track
kitchen and a tour of the library and archives there, www.keeneland.com/), to Woodford Reserve
bourbon distillery (www.woodfordreserve.com/)
and to the center of Kentucky crafts in Berea (www.berea.com/).
Berea College (www.berea.edu) is home to a
noted folklore archive and Boone Tavern, our likely lunch destination (www.boonetavernhotel.com/default.asp).
Tour costs will follow at a later date.
Other sightseeing possibilities for free time include:
taking in a Lexington Legend minor-league baseball game (we can order shirts in
a tour of thoroughbred horse farms (www.bluegrasstours.com/tours/daily-tours);
or trips outside of Lexington to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (www.shakervillageky.org/); Old Fort
Harrod (www.oldfortharrod.org/) and
the Red River Gorge (www.redrivergorge.com/),
to name but a few options. More information on the area is available at www.visitlex.com/ and www.kentuckytourism.com/explore/regions/bluegrass_region.aspx.