Announcements, Conferences, Symposiums, & Calls for Papers, etc.



The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research has chosen Corner Brook, Newfoundland as the site for the twenty-first "Perspectives on Contemporary Legend" International Conference. The Conference will take place from June 25-28, 2003 and will feature presentations on all aspects of "contemporary," "urban" or "modern" legend research by scholars from North America, Europe and beyond.


Proposals for papers on all aspects of contemporary, urban, or modern’ legend research are sought, as are those on any legend or legend-like traditions that circulate actively at present or have circulated at an earlier historical period. Previous discussions have ranged in focus from the ancient to the modern (including Internet-lore) and have covered diverse cultures worldwide (including our own academic world).


The Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC) is a educational non-profit Association founded in June 1976 for the purpose of increasing education and research in the field of folklore studies in all its aspects. Multidisciplinary, scientific and educational, the Folklore Studies Association of Canada is composed of over 200 members including folkorists, researchers, students, educators, retired adults and people interested in folklore. The Association being bilingual, English and French are FSAC’s official languages.

for the 2003 Annual General Meeting of the FSAC
to be held at Dalhouse University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
on May 30, 31 and June 1st, 2003

The annual meeting of the Association will take place at Dalhousie University in Halifax, in the heart of Atlantic Canada, during the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities.


1. Communicating culture. Folklorists / ethnologist can look at ways that folklore finds its way into websites on various topics, as well as in artistic, commercial, museum or educational productions and the impact of this phenomenon on their research.

2. The last few meetings have emphasized current directions in Canadian folklore research and the relevance of the perspectives Canadian ethnologists are bringing to the discipline. This topic is still important and should not be overlooked.

3. A central theme of the Congress of the Federation is Global Security. A related topic for folklorists / ethnologists could touch on the protection of folklore research and the populations it studies. In principle, the folklorist/ethnologist is always answerable to the members of the communities s/he studies and tries to find different ways of giving a return on the information s/he produces (ethnological knowledge) to those who allowed the folklorist to produce it. But within the social and political context of a knowledge-based economy and of cultural engineering, knowledge produced by the folklorist is always a double-edged sword. Folklore research can be used - commercially, politically, legally or culturally - against those individuals or communities who furnished the materials or to their disadvantage, whether that be by the institutions (private or public) themselves who hired the folklorist or by other groups or individuals who subsequently use the information communicated by the researcher. This theme could address the following topics:

Self-censorship in folklore writing
» Tensions between the folklorist and the community
» Ethical implications of applied research
» Research in areas of conflict
» Marketing of culture
» Political exploitation of differences
» Ghettoization of communities
» Materialization of cultural identities

Proposals dealing with other topics will also be considered. As much as possible, we would like to adhere to a plenary session format, which would include: chaired discussions, round table discussions, workshops, oral paper presentations, and visual display presentations. PLEASE avoid booking A/V gear (including overheads...) unless you absolutely MUST have them, because of this year's prohibitive costs at Dalhousie. Bring your own tape recorder, etc.

Note that some funding will be available for travel costs ONLY for those who are giving formal presentations and are UNABLE to secure funding from their own institution.

Please send your 100 word abstract for your formal presentation in English and French (or enclose translation fee of $20.) by February 15th, 2003, to:

Dr. Pauline Greenhill
Women's Studies
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9 Canada
(204) 786-9439


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