Second Webinar

Second ISCLR webinar in association with Sree Sankara Vidyapeetom College and Center for Urban Studies (Mahathama Gandhi University)

Contemporary Legends and Pandemic Lore

Call for presentations, discussants and participants

Dr. Anoop Vellani with Dr. Mathew A Varghese (Sree Sankara Vidyapeetom College and Center for Urban Studies, Mahathma Gandhi University, Kerala, India) and ISCLR are jointly organizing a webinar series on Zoom. The subject will be ‘Contemporary Legends and Pandemic Lore’. The webinar will be organized for three days, three hours each day. The program is fixed for November 9th, 10th, and 11th. The time schedule is from 8.00 PM to 11.00 PM (Indian Standard Time) so ISCLR members from Europe, the USA and Canada can participate.
The aim is to conduct four paper presentations each day (30 minutes each): so two hours of paper presentations, followed by a one-hour panel discussion each day. All presentations will be in English. The Zoom-connection, brochure, and invitations will be facilitated by the Sree Sankara Vidyapeetom College. The webpage for this specific webinar and for registration can be found here: There will be no registration fees for participants joining the webinar.

The full program can be found here.


Contemporary Legends and Pandemic Lore
Sree Sankara Vidyapeetom College and Center for Urban Studies Mahathma Gandhi University, in collaboration with ISCLR, set the digital stage for an event that analyses narratives and lore, in this case contemporary ones. As customary in folk narration, the tales show both variability and stability in form and content, while the spread of contemporary legends and lore may follow specific conduits. The webinar also dwells on the transmission of both universal and local motifs, in the context of time and place. The presentations and discussions will focus on the different media of transmission, whether it be oral tradition, protest demonstrations, print (newspapers, magazines), email threads, discussion forums, social media, radio, television or movies.
The webinar series in the shadow of the Corona Pandemic likes to focus on a broad range of subjects, such as:

  1. Contemporary Legends
  2. Folklore in the Making
  3. Transformations in Contemporary Lore and Narrative
  4. Transmission of Lore and Legend
  5. Pandemic Narratives and Rituals
  6. Beliefs and Conspiracy Theories in the Making

Deadline for proposals is November 1st. Members of ISCLR who have recently dealt with Contemporary Legends and Pandemic Lore in any way, and have presented papers about it, are particularly invited to send in a proposal.
Please send your proposal for a paper or request for participation to Anoop Vellani and Theo Meder:
Mail id: and


The full program can be found here.

The full recordings of the webinar can be found here.

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