Call for Papers – “Centre for Contemporary Legend: Folklore on Screen”

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Following the success of the inaugural symposium launching the Centre for Contemporary Legend research group in 2018, we are hosting a larger, themed conference at “Folklore on Screen”, 13-14 September 2019.

This conference will bring together scholars for two days of discussion about folklore in its many forms: its history, present and complex future in relation to cinema, television, photography, digital and online media studies. The conference aims to explore the meaning, import and relevance of folklore in the media, its representation, communication and perpetuation.

The multidisciplinary nature of the conference is aimed at a broad spectrum of scholars with either a particular specialism in folklore or an interest in folklore studies as pertaining to their own subject. We seek papers that address the broad span of folklore on screen, from early film and photography, folk horror film, television and music video, and forward into urban and online contemporary legends and ‘creepypastas’. Papers on related themes are also welcomed.

Proposals should be 200-300 words max for 20-minute papers, and are due by 1st May 2019. We also welcome suggestions for themed or grouped panels.

For details on how to submit a proposal, please contact Dr David Clarke (Reader and Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University).

Speakers and delegates will be provided with information about location, refreshments and accommodation nearer the time.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Clarke, Diane A. Rodgers (Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University) or Andrew Robinson (Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University).