VI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MYTH CRITICISM

MYTH AND SCIENCE FICTION

novel | comic | video games | film | theater

 

The Conference will take place on October 27-30, 2020 in the University Complutense of Madrid
Send your proposals before May 1st!

 

VI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MYTH CRITICISM

MYTH AND SCIENCE FICTION

novel | comic | video games | film | theater

The Conference will take place on October 27-30, 2020 in the University Complutense of Madrid

Send your proposals before May 1st!

Myth and science fiction seek to explain the world, to answer everlasting questions: the origin of life and cause of death. But explanations are not sufficient for mankind: one wants to make approving or condemning judgements. Myth as well as science fiction project contradictions in unprecedented circumstances with an aim to adhere or condemn. Given the projective capacity of our imagination, we put forward improbable scenarios that allow us to see in a new light the consequences of a future situation.

Where does myth start and where does it end? How far does science fiction go? What significance does the crossing between both narratives have? As always, what is crucial and indisputable is to analyse the kind of transcendence in each case, the utmost criterion to identify and distinguish myth and science fiction.

In the last preceding conferences, organized by Asteria, International Association of Myth Criticism, in collaboration with Amaltea, Journal of Myth Criticism and ACIS, Research Group of Myth Criticism, we delved in the difficulties of adapting myths to our contemporary society, as well as their adaptations and subversions in the world of audiovisual creation.

The VI International Conference on Myth Criticism “Myth and Science Fiction” will analyze the relationship between myth and science fiction: their differences, convergences and subversions in various artistic fields. The temporal frame of the studies presented will span from 1900 to our contemporary time.

Myth and science fiction seek to explain the world, to answer everlasting questions: the origin of life and cause of death. But explanations are not sufficient for mankind: one wants to make approving or condemning judgements. Myth as well as science fiction project contradictions in unprecedented circumstances with an aim to adhere or condemn. Given the projective capacity of our imagination, we put forward improbable scenarios that allow us to see in a new light the consequences of a future situation.

Where does myth start and where does it end? How far does science fiction go? What significance does the crossing between both narratives have? As always, what is crucial and indisputable is to analyse the kind of transcendence in each case, the utmost criterion to identify and distinguish myth and science fiction.

In the last preceding conferences, organized by Asteria, International Association of Myth Criticism, in collaboration with Amaltea, Journal of Myth Criticism and ACIS, Research Group of Myth Criticism, we delved in the difficulties of adapting myths to our contemporary society, as well as their adaptations and subversions in the world of audiovisual creation.

The VI International Conference on Myth Criticism “Myth and Science Fiction” will analyze the relationship between myth and science fiction: their differences, convergences and subversions in various artistic fields. The temporal frame of the studies presented will span from 1900 to our contemporary time.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

José Manuel Losada
Antonella Lipscomb
Adrián García Vidal

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Elena Blanch
Universidad Complutense
Rosa Fernández-Urtasun
Universidad de Navarra
José Manuel Losada
Universidad Complutense
Luis Unceta
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Leon Burnett
University of Essex
Ana González-Rivas
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Fernando Ángel Moreno
Universidad Complutense
Metka Zupancic
University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa
Richard Buxton
University of Bristol
Teresa López Pellisa
Universitat de les Illes Balears
Paloma Ortiz-de-Urbina
Universidad de Alcalá

LINES OF RESEARCH

We offer some suggestions of possible themes:

• Classical myths in contemporary science fiction: Oedipus, Pygmalion and Galatea, Prometheus, Perseus, Diana, etc.
• Modern myths and future projections: Frankenstein, Faust, Don Juan, Dracula, etc.
• Other myths: Amerindian, Asian, African, Norse, Celts, Slavonic, etc.
• Beasts, monsters and mythical animals in science fiction
• Religion and science fiction
• (Post)apocalypse
• Adaptations, rewritings and subversions of myths: from literature to cinema and other media (comics, video games, etc.) 
• Indie and avant-garde science fiction in literature, cinema, video games, comics, etc.
• Mythical utopias, dystopias and anti-utopias
• Ucronia and time travel
• Punk narratives: steampunk, cyberpunk, hopepunk
• Climax and decadence of the superhero: Avengers, Superman, Watchmen, The Umbrella Academy, The Boys, etc.
• Mythopoeia: creation of new myths in the science fiction universe
• Gods, heroes, humans, cyborgs, robots; post-humanism, transhumanism and the category of the human
• Androids and gynoids, men and women: power relationships through gender and human condition
• Digital oracle, artificial intelligence: Siri, Cortana, Alexa, etc.
• Fiction in the era of virtual and augmented reality

 

 INFORMATION

PRESENTATIONS

  • Presentations will last between 15 and 20 minutes
  • The languages of the Conference are Spanish and English
  • All rooms will be equipped with a computer with Internet, speakers and projector

REGISTRATION FEES

  • Participants with presentation: 120€
  • Participants with presentation and grant (students and unemployed people): 60€
  • Members of Asteria: 60€
  • Members of ACIS: 90€
  • Late registrations: 160€
  • Attendants and students (with attendance certificate): 40€
  • The registration fee is non-reimbursable

PRE-REGISTRATION

  • Deadline for submission of registration forms is the 1st of May 2020
  • The Organizing Committee will communicate to the participants their acceptance or rejection by the 1st of June
  • The accepted participants will confirm their registration by paying the registration fee before the 15th of June
  • Vacancies are limited
  • The registration provides the following rights:
    • Attendance to all activities of the Conference: plenary lectures, presentations, roundtables, film screening, etc.
    • b) Folder with notebook, pen and rosette of the Conference
    • Catalogue (100 pags.) with abstracts of the communications, with ISBN and index of participants and myths
    • Certificate with the title of the presentation
    • Certificate of attendance (Attendants and Students)
    • Acquisition of myth criticism books with a discount (up to 50%)
    • Access to computers in the building
    • Daily snacks (coffee, tea, biscuits, etc.) and final supper
    • Possibility to send the presentation to the Scientific Committee for assessment and possible publication

More information: antonella_lipscomb@hotmail.com

LINES OF RESEARCH

We offer some suggestions of possible themes:

• Classical myths in contemporary science fiction: Oedipus, Pygmalion and Galatea, Prometheus, Perseus, Diana, etc.
• Modern myths and future projections: Frankenstein, Faust, Don Juan, Dracula, etc.
• Other myths: Amerindian, Asian, African, Norse, Celts, Slavonic, etc.
• Beasts, monsters and mythical animals in science fiction
• Religion and science fiction
• (Post)apocalypse
• Adaptations, rewritings and subversions of myths: from literature to cinema and other media (comics, video games, etc.) 
• Indie and avant-garde science fiction in literature, cinema, video games, comics, etc.
• Mythical utopias, dystopias and anti-utopias
• Ucronia and time travel
• Punk narratives: steampunk, cyberpunk, hopepunk
• Climax and decadence of the superhero: Avengers, Superman, Watchmen, The Umbrella Academy, The Boys, etc.
• Mythopoeia: creation of new myths in the science fiction universe
• Gods, heroes, humans, cyborgs, robots; post-humanism, transhumanism and the category of the human
• Androids and gynoids, men and women: power relationships through gender and human condition
• Digital oracle, artificial intelligence: Siri, Cortana, Alexa, etc.
• Fiction in the era of virtual and augmented reality

 

 INFORMATION

PRESENTATIONS

  • Presentations will last between 15 and 20 minutes
  • The languages of the Conference are Spanish and English
  • All rooms will be equipped with a computer with Internet, speakers and projector

REGISTRATION FEES

  • Participants with presentation: 120€
  • Participants with presentation and grant (students and unemployed people): 60€
  • Members of Asteria: 60€
  • Members of ACIS: 90€
  • Late registrations: 160€
  • Attendants and students (with attendance certificate): 40€
  • The registration fee is non-reimbursable

PRE-REGISTRATION

  • Deadline for submission of registration forms is the 1st of May 2020
  • The Organizing Committee will communicate to the participants their acceptance or rejection by the 1st of June
  • The accepted participants will confirm their registration by paying the registration fee before the 15th of June
  • Vacancies are limited
  • The registration provides the following rights:
    • Attendance to all activities of the Conference: plenary lectures, presentations, roundtables, film screening, etc.
    • b) Folder with notebook, pen and rosette of the Conference
    • Catalogue (100 pags.) with abstracts of the communications, with ISBN and index of participants and myths
    • Certificate with the title of the presentation
    • Certificate of attendance (Attendants and Students)
    • Acquisition of myth criticism books with a discount (up to 50%)
    • Access to computers in the building
    • Daily snacks (coffee, tea, biscuits, etc.) and final supper
    • Possibility to send the presentation to the Scientific Committee for assessment and possible publication

More information: antonella_lipscomb@hotmail.com

In the abstract, participants must explain the relationship of their communication with myth and science fiction

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