International Society for Contemporary Legend Research is pleased to announce
that the 2014 conference will be held in Prague on the dates mentioned above
under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. The
conference will take place in the Main Building of the Faculty of Arts, Namesti
Jana Palacha 2, 116 38, Prague, Czech Republic.
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.
will be given in two lengths, either 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes
for discussion or 30 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Please state on your abstract whether your
paper will be the short form or the long one.
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 February 1st 2014 to:
Dr Petr Janecek
Institute of Ethnology
Faculty of Arts
Charles University in Prague
Namesti Jana Palacha 2
Prague 1 Czech Republic
historical capital of the Czech Republic (former Kingdom of Bohemia, later
Czechoslovakia) is located in the heart of Central Europe bordering Germany,
Poland, Austria and Slovakia.
conference will take place in the premises of the Charles University, founded
in 1348 by Bohemian and Roman King Charles the Fourth as the oldest university
north of the Alps and east of Paris.
of Arts where we shall be meeting is famous for the ”Prague School” or ”Prague
Linguistic Circle” connected with linguist Roman Jakobson, folklorist Petr
Bogatyrev, and also folklorist Jiri Polivka of the Bolte-Polivka ”Notes to Children´s
and Household Tales of Brothers Grimm” fame: http://www.cuni.cz/UKENG-1.html.
conference place will be located in the center of the historical Old Town, a
10-minute walk from the most important historical sites such as Charles Bridge,
Old Town Square and Prague Castle. The Jewish Town where Franz Kafka lived and
wrote, with glimpses of the mysterious Odradek creature and the unfortunate
victim of Metamorphosis, along with some beautifully preserved synagogues, is a
5-minute walk from the conference site.
of June will be set aside for an excursion. It will take us to the immaculately
preserved late medieval town of Cesky Krumlov with a unique Baroque theatre
located in the monumental castle: http://www.zamek-ceskykrumlov.eu/en/.
programme on other evenings will include visits to dark winding alleys of old Prague, where we will get acquaintated
with old ghost stories and bizarre contemporary legends from the Communist
also be an evening with screening of subtitled Czech movies inspired by
contemporary legends, and evening with Czech folk music and dance on the
beautiful premises of the Ethnographical Museum: http://www.nm.cz/Hlavni-strana/Visit-Us/Ethnographical-Museum-Musaion.html?xSET=lang&xLANG=2.
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 on Tuesday the 3rd of
June or other meals) is currently estimated at:
- for ISCLR members 75€ ($105 USD)
- for non-ISCLR members 107€
- for student non-ISCLR members 95€
- for accompanying persons 50€ ($70
It will be
payable in euros via bank transfer to Prague by May 31st 2014. Payment may also be made by check or credit
card (through PayPal) directly to ISCLR by the earlier date of May 1st. More definite prices, bank details, and
information on sending money to ISCLR will be given in in a second circular to
be issued before New Year’s Day, 2014. Cash payment on arrival can only be
accepted in exceptional circumstances. Payment by check or credit card will not
be possible at that time.