36th Annual Meeting

International Society for Contemporary Legend Research

Tuesday, June 5 – Saturday, June 9, 2018

Brussels, Belgium


The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research is pleased to announce that the 2018 Perspectives on Contemporary Legend International Conference will be held in June 5 – 9, in the capital city of Belgium, Brussels.

As is ISCLR’s custom, the 36th Perspectives on Contemporary Legend meeting will be organized as a series of seminars at which the majority of 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 (rumor, 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.

To submit a proposal, please forward a title and abstract (250-300 words) by February 1, 2018 by e-mail ( to the organizer:

Dr. Aurore Van de Winkel
Scientific Collaborator of the Language & Communication Institute
Université Catholique de Louvain
14, Ruelle de la Lanterne Magique
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve


About the Host City

Brussels is an amazing multicultural city of over two million inhabitants speaking mostly French, Dutch or English. Described by Victor Hugo, as “the most beautiful grand place of the world,” Brussels boasts architecture ranging from gothic and baroque to art noveau (townhouses designed by Victor Horta), art deco, and postmodern, including sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.  With old neighborhoods and new, Brussels houses both European government buildings and major, wonderful museums, such as the Magritte Museum, the Old Masters Museum and the Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Art, and is, of course, home to the legendary statue of Manneken Pis.  Come and taste our chocolate, beer, French fries, Dutch meat stew, mussels, waffels, and a wide variety of other special foods.  Legends, both traditional and contemporary, abound throughout the city, making Brussels the perfect town to hold this conference.

For more information on the places to see, please visit the websites,, and or look at the pictures of the town on the Instagram account: @brusselsurbanlegends.

During the Conference, we will have many opportunities to explore some of the fabulous sites of Belgium, including an optional day-long excursion to the fantastic old city of Bruges, as well as organized visits in Brussels to such places as an old cemetery, beer and chocolate museums, and even into the sewers.

Detailed travel information can be found here.



Perspectives on Contemporary Legend

Perspectives on Contemporary Legend, the Meeting of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, is held annually, historically alternating between North America in odd-numbered years and Europe in even. It is a small, convivial conference of scholars working on this dynamic field of inquiry.

Upcoming meetings

  • 2018: Brussels, Belgium
  • 2019: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  • 2020: Tarragona, Spain

Past meetings

  • 2017: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
  • 2016: Tallinn, Estonia
  • 2015: San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • 2014: Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2013: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  • 2012: Göttingen, Germany
  • 2011: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2010: Amsterdam, Holland
  • 2009: Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 2008: Dublin, Ireland
  • 2007: Logan, Utah, USA
  • 2006: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2005: Athens, Georgia, USA
  • 2004: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
  • 2003: Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada
  • 2002: Sheffield, UK
  • 2001: San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • 2000: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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