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International Society for Contemporary Legend Research 31st International Conference
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5/28/2013 to 6/2/2013
When: 5/28/2013
Where: Gratz Park Inn
Lexington, Kentucky 
United States
Contact: Elissa R. Henken

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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:

Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby

Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures

1055 Patterson Office Tower

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506

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 ( 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 ( The conference dinner will take place on Friday, May 31 at the fabulous Holly Hill Inn in Midway ( A performance on the lawn of the Inn by the roots musicians the Reel World String Band ( will follow the conference dinner.

Lexington 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 ( or via rental car.

The conference hotel (where all the sessions will take place) will be the historic (and reputedly haunted) Gratz Park Inn ( We 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, 2013.

Other hotels within walking distance (20-30 minutes) of the Gratz Park include:



University Inn:

The conference 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, £65, 80€)

Non-ISCLR member ($145 USD, $145 CAD, £90, 112€)

Student non-ISCLR member ($130 USD, $130 CAD, £80, 100€)

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:

Dr. 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,, to Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery ( and to the center of Kentucky crafts in Berea ( Berea College ( is home to a noted folklore archive and Boone Tavern, our likely lunch destination ( 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 advance (; a tour of thoroughbred horse farms (; or trips outside of Lexington to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (; Old Fort Harrod ( and the Red River Gorge (, to name but a few options. More information on the area is available at and

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