VII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MYTH CRITICISM

MYTH: THEORIES OF A CONTROVERSIAL CONCEPT
 

October 25th-28th, 2022

Complutense University of Madrid

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VII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MYTH CRITICISM

MYTH: THEORIES OF A CONTROVERSIAL CONCEPT

 

October 25th-28th, 2022

Complutense University of Madrid

PRESENTATION

The bibliography on modern reworkings of mythical narratives is immense: Greco-Latin myths in novels and adventure films, adaptations of Celtic, Norse, or Slavic myths in cinema, TV series and comics, the relationships between Eastern and Western myths… The list is endless and somehow overabundant compared to the smaller (though still huge) bibliography of theories of myth. The reason for this disproportion is due, in part, to the difficulty involved in abstracting general criteria. When critics seek to define myth, they must first strip it of spatial, temporal or circumstantial conditioning; only later will they be able to apply the label “myth” to this or that story.

Different key factors of our contemporary society (the phenomenon of globalisation, the dogmas of relativism, the logics of immanence) make the definition of myth even more difficult for the non-specialized public and for academic researchers alike. Indeed, academic reflection has not been immune to contemporary confusion about myth: in the wake of great psychoanalysts, sociologists or ideologues, many researchers apply to their work certain conceptions of myth that identify it with individual sublimations, social deformations, or tendentious ideologies. For this reason, later on, the non-specialized public ―cheered on by the sensationalism of the press― likes to label any fallacy as “mythical”: apparently, the term “myth” cloaks the user of non-mythical discourses with a golden aura.

In addition to these epistemological difficulties, there is another challenge: the prevailing confusion between different correlates of the imaginary. There are many studies that indiscriminately address the domains of esotericism, fantasy, science fiction, and mythology. Coherent studies that dispel vagueness and provide distinctions in the academic critique of these correlates of the imaginary are needed.

All these problems call for a well-founded reflection on a more securely defined notion of myth. Only then will it be possible for researchers to properly address an interpretation of mythical narratives, that is, without previously imposing on the texts what they already intend to discover in them. These questions, among others, are those that the 7th International Conference on Myth Criticism aims to answer.

What is myth? When can a story be classified as mythical? How should we think about myth in our contemporary society? Is it too rigorous to state that myth is inherently tautological and lacks any direct correlation with our real world? In other words, how is it possible that an unverifiable mythical predicate can “refer” to our world? Can myth express any kind of truth? Does it add a knowledge that is coherent with reality? Does it reveal a falsehood? If myth has its own ways of expressing truths about the world, what differentiates it from the postulates of scientific and experimental reason? If myth presupposes the intervention of the numinous, what distinguishes it from religion and literature?

Proposed research areas:

  • Classic, Medieval and Modern theories of myth
  • Contemporary revisions of myth theory
  • Philosophical theories of myth
  • Myth and political theory
  • Myth and religion: ritual, ceremony, salvation
  • Theories of other disciplines applied to myth: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, Sociology, Linguistics, etc.
  • Myth and queer theory
  • Theories on immanence and transcendence of myth
  • Myth and other concepts: theme, symbol, archetype
  • Myth and its imaginary correlates: esotericism, fantasy, magic and science fiction
  • Myth as a fallacy, lie, illusion and deceit
  • Processes of mythification and demythification

In previous International Conferences on Myth Criticism, more than 1,500 participants from thirty countries have addressed various problems around the adaptation and interpretation of myths in our contemporary society:

  • I International Conference on Myth Criticism: “Myth and Subversion in the Contemporary Novel” (9th-11th March 2011).
  • II International Conference on Myth Criticism: “Myth and Interdisciplinarity” (29th- 30th October 2012).
  • III International Conference on Myth Criticism: “Myths in Crisis. The Crisis of Myth” (21st- 24th October 2014).
  • IV International Conference on Myth Criticism: “Myth and Emotions” (24th-28th October 2016).
  • V International Conference on Myth Criticism: “Myth and Audiovisual Creation” (15th-26th October 2018).
  • VI International Conference on Myth Criticism: “Myth and Science Fiction” (27th-30th October 2020).

The VII International Conference on Myth Criticism “Myth: Theories of a Controversial Concept” (25th-28th October 2022) will analyse the difficulties encountered by critics in defining myth, discuss traditional definitions and propose a renewal in the epistemology of myth.

PROGRAMME

KEY SPEAKERS

Prof. José Manuel Losada
Complutense University

Dr. Christina Dokou
University of Athens

Prof. Vicente Cristóbal
Complutense University

ORGANISATION

FINANCING INSTITUTIONS

Vice-Presidency of Research and Transference (Complutense University)

Institute for the Study of Religious Sciences (Complutense University)

Faculty of Languages (Complutense University)

Department of Romance Studies and Translation (Complutense University)

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Prof. José Manuel Losada

Dr. Antonella Lipscomb

M.D. Adrián García Vidal

Dr. Borja Ormazábal

PhD St. Carolina López Fic

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Prof. Peter Arnds
Trinity College, Dublin
Prof. Richard Buxton
University of Bristol
Dr. Rosa Fernández Urtasun
University of Navarra
Dr. Mehmet Ilgürel
University of Estambul
Dr. Paloma Ortiz-de-Urbina
University of Alcalá
Prof. Pierre Brunel
Sorbonne University
Prof. Vicente Cristóbal
Complutense University
Prof. Véronique Gély
Sorbonne University
Prof. Benedikts Kalnačs
University of Latvia

Prof. Esther Sánchez-Pardo
Complutense University

Prof. Leon Burnett
University of Essex
Dr. Christina Dokou
University of Athens
Dr. Ana González-Rivas
Autonomous University of Madrid

Dr. Asunción López-Varela
Complutense University

Prof. Metka Zupančič
University of Alabama

INFORMATION

PRESENTATIONS

  • The Conference will be held on-site and online.
  • Presentations will last between 15 and 20 minutes.
  • The Q&A session of each speaker will last between 5 and 10 minutes.
  • The presentations will be in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian or Portuguese.
  • The languages of the Conference will be English and Spanish.
  • All activities will be open access and free.

REGISTRATION RIGHTS

On-site Speakers

  • Attendance to all activities of the Conference: plenary lectures and presentations.
  • Bag, folder with notebook, pen and rosette of the Conference.
  • Digital catalogue with abstract of presentations and participants (with ISBN).
  • Diploma with the title of the presentation.
  • One daily free meal ticket in the Faculty’s restaurant.
  • Farewell lunch.
  • Acquisition of books with a discount (up to 75%).
  • Free access to internet and computers provided by the Faculty.
  • Possibility to send the presentation to the Scientific Committee for assessment and possible publication.

Online Speakers

  • Attendance to all virtual activities of the Conference.
  • Digital catalogue with abstract of presentations and participants (with ISBN).
  • Diploma with the title of the presentation.
  • Publication of presentation on YouTube.
  • Possibility to send the presentation to the Scientific Committee for assessment and possible publication.

On-Site Attendees and Students

  • Attendance to all activities of the Conference: plenary lectures and presentations.
  • Bag, folder with notebook, pen and rosette of the Conference.
  • Digital catalogue with abstract of presentations and participants (with ISBN).
  • Certificate of attendance (with indication of total hours of the Conference).
  • One daily free meal ticket in the Faculty’s restaurant.
  • Farewell lunch.
  • Acquisition of books with a discount (up to 75%).
  • Free access to internet and computers provided by the Faculty.

Online Attendees and Students

  • Attendance to all virtual activities of the Conference.
  • Digital catalogue with abstract of presentations and participants (with ISBN).
  • Certificate of attendance (with indication of total hours of the Conference).

FEES

Speakers (on-site and online)

  • The Conference will offer 15 grants to students and unemployed researchers. The registration fee will be 50€ and the candidates will be selected on quality grounds of their proposal.

Attendees and Students without Presentation

  • On-site: 50€.
  • Online: 20€.

Please note that the payment of the registration fees are non-reimbursable.

DEADLINES

  • The deadline for submission of registration forms is the 15th of May 2022.
  • The Organising Committee will communicate to the participants their acceptance or rejection by the 15th of June.
  • The accepted participants will confirm their registration by paying the registration fee between the 15th and the 30th of June.
  • The deadline for registration for all attendees is the 28th of October, 2022.

    PUBLICATION

    A volume will gather a selection of articles from the Conference. A Scientific Committee will choose the articles that best meet following criteria: relationship with the conference theme, myth criticism approach, scientific methodology, critical and bibliographic apparatus, originality, quality of content, and writing.

    The submission of articles will take place after the Conference, between the 1st of November and the 15th of December 2022.

    REGISTRATION AS ATTENDEE

    REGISTRATION AS ATTENDEE

    To register as an attendee, first, fill in the form below.

    In order to complete your registration, we require that you complete the payment of your modality (50€ for on-site attendants or 20€ for online attendants) before October 28, 2022. 

    The details of our bank are the following. Make sure that you specify to your bank that you want to pay all transference charges so that we can avoid further transactions.

    Bank: La Caixa
    Address: Agencia nº 1650, C/ Alberto Aguilera, 62, 28015 Madrid
    Account holder: Asteria, International Association of Myth Criticism
    Concept: Name and last name of attendee (not the sender)
    IBAN: ES36 2100 6703 6322 0050 4780
    BIC o SWIFT: CAIXESBBXXX

    You can also make the transfer via PayPal by using the following button:

    Modality
    Name of the attendee

    You will be able to register as an attendee until the 28th of October, 2022.

    Fees are non-reimbursable.

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    CONTACT

    • E-mail: mythcriticism@gmail.com
    • Prof. José Manuel Losada, Department of Romance Languages, French, Italian and Translation, Faculty of Languages, Complutense University, Madrid, 28040, Spain.
    • Prof. José Manuel Losada, Departamento de Estudios Románicos, Franceses, Italianos y Traducción, Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 28040.

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