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37th Perspectives on Contemporary Legend International Conference Hosted by ISCLR
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6/25/2019 to 6/29/2019
When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Where: Center for Southern Folklore
United States

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The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research announces that the 2019 Perspectives on Contemporary Legend International Conference will be held in June 25–29, in Memphis, Tennessee. This year’s conference is also supported by Arkansas State University’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program, and special activities will include visits to the university’s Heritage Sites in the Arkansas Delta.

The conference will be held at the Center for Southern Folklore. The center has been a research and presentation hub for folklife since 1972. Conference attendees will meet some of the musicians who have participated in the Center’s annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival and discover the documentary films, exhibits, and other media presentations that have been supported by the Center. The Center for Southern Folklore will also be a focal point for visitors who want to experience the sights and sounds of the city as it’s located near the legendary Beale Street and the host hotel, the historical Peabody. The organizers are including activities and tours before and after the conference, and visitors will have the chance to visit Graceland, Sun Studio, the STAX Museum of American Soul Music, and the National Civil Rights Museum – Lorraine Motel. Memphis is internationally known for its history, music, food, and museums. For more information visit:

The conference will also introduce visitors to the history, culture, and heritage of the Arkansas Delta. Conference activities will include tours of Heritage Sites that Arkansas State University has developed in northeastern Arkansas communities. Mid-conference tours of the Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza will be included in the event, and conference attendees will also explore the regional culture of Arkansas through special presentations that connect Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi to the regional and cultural traditions of the area. For more information on the A-State Heritage Sites, see:

Travel information:

Location:  Memphis is served by a major international airport (MEM) with easy shuttle service to the Peabody Hotel. The city is at the intersection of I-40 and I-55, and it is easily accessible by train, bus, or car. Visit for more information.

Mobility in Memphis:  The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) provides good transportation throughout the city, and conference organizers and the host hotel will also provide selected transportation to various sites. Numerous historic and cultural sites are located near the center, and visitors may enjoy walking through Memphis to explore nearby blues clubs, museums, barbecue restaurants, and a chance to see a baseball game with the Memphis Redbirds.

Accommodation: The official hotel is the Peabody Hotel Memphis. This historic hotel is known for its décor, spas, restaurants, and the unique Parade of the Ducks, a twice-daily ceremony that is held in the lobby. The conference organizers have negotiated a special rate for this conference that can be procured by asking for the reservations under the ISCLR’s block. Conference organizers request early reservations in order to keep the rates low. There are other hotels for different budgets near the conference center, but the Peabody offers special perks – such as the hotel’s unique “Parade of the Ducks” and the Thursday evening rooftop concert that will appeal to ISCLR members. The hotel’s website is

Information about the conference center, hotels and excursion will be sent out in a second circular and on the website:  Registration forms and fee information will be sent out on March 1.

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