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Thirtieth International Conference
Göttingen, Germany
Tuesday 5—Saturday 9 June, 2012

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The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research is pleased to announce that the 2012 conference will be held in Göttingen on the dates mentioned above under the auspices of the Encyclopedia of the Folktale (Enzyklopädie des Märchens), an institute of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. The conference will take place in the Old University Library (Paulinerkirche), Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen.

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 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 1 February 2012 to:

Christine Shojaei Kawan
Enzyklopädie des Märchens
Friedländer Weg 2
37085 Göttingen

Göttingen is a small but lively university town in the heart of Germany, famous for its many Nobel prizewinners and for a time the home of the Brothers Grimm, who worked at the very place where we shall be meeting. 2012 is the bicentenary of the first volume of their Household Tales.

Thursday 7 June will be set aside for an excursion. It will take us to a region in the immediate vicinity which was cut in two by the Iron Curtain. We shall see beautiful old towns with half-timbered houses typical of the area and some medieval castles, maybe with a glance at the realm of Frau Holle and the birthplace of fable author Burkhart Waldis. We shall also visit the Borderland Museum situated at a former border crossing-point. This museum illustrates the conditions of life of the local population in the Soviet period, including spectacular escapes and enforced population relocations, and is the repository of rich sources of oral history.

To help me with the organisation of the conference I have nominated a Steering Committee comprising myself (chairperson), Professor R. W. Brednich (Göttingen and Wellington), Professor Carl Lindahl (Houston), and Mr Axel Füllgrabe (secretary seconded by the Encyclopedia of the Folktale).

The following practical information can be given at this time:

I look forward to meeting you all in Göttingen.

Christine Shojaei Kawan
Enzyklopädie des Märchens, Göttingen

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