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Perspectives on Contemporary Legend: 39th International Conference of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research

  • Start date: 11th Jul 2022
  • End date: 15th Jul 2022
  • Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Organiser: International Society for Contemporary Legend Research
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Call for Papers Deadline: 15 February 2022

The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research is pleased to announce that the 2022 Perspectives on Contemporary Legend 39th International Conference will be held in the Resource Centre at the Canadian Museum of History, July 11-15, 2022. The Canadian Museum of History is located in Gatineau, Quebec, on the banks of the Ottawa River directly opposite Parliament Hill. The museum is easily accessible from downtown Ottawa by foot, bicycle, public transit, Aqua-Taxi (summer) or car. We have made arrangements for special group rates with the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Gatineau-Ottawa (Book your group rate for ISCLR Room Block July 2022), directly across the street from the museum. It is centrally located for access to the two dynamic cities in the two provinces.

As standard, the 39th Perspectives on Contemporary Legend conference will be organized as a series of seminars at which most attendees will present papers. Concurrent sessions will be avoided so that all attendants can hear all papers. Presentations will be 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-like tradition (rumour, conspiracy theories, fake news, etc.) that circulate actively at present or have circulated at an earlier historical period. Proposals for special panels, discussion sessions and other related events are encouraged. The organizers of the conference are Ian Brodie and Gail de Vos. To submit a proposal, please forward a title and abstract (250-300 words) by February 15, 2022 by e-mail to Ian Brodie ([email protected]) and Gail de Vos ([email protected]).

As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is the perfect place to experience some of our country’s best attractions, celebrations, and flavours. It is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People. The city’s name is derived from the Algonquin word “Odawa” which means “traders” reflecting the place where Indigenous People lived, met, and traded: the Algonquin peoples have lived on this land since time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to be present in this territory. Their stories, along with those of the Europeans who arrived in the 1600s, are represented throughout the region. Around every corner on both the Ontario and Quebec sides of the Ottawa River, lively neighbourhoods beckon with tasty craft beer, fresh local food, and legendary and haunting experiences. Within a short walk, you can tour iconic Parliament Hill, visit many of the country’s national museums, and take an epic paddle or cruise on the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Comprehensive information on the conference will be forthcoming and will also soon be available on the website and our Facebook Page.

We look forward to welcoming you to this conference, the area, and the trading of our stories in our annual reunion of researchers who work on this ever current and growing legends!