Theoretical Approaches to Comparative Mythology, including Transitions and metamorphoses in myth


Thirteenth Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology
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Annual Conference of the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies


10-13 June 2019, Tartu, Estonian Literary Museum

  • Introduction
  • The dynamic and creative development of mythologies is a part of human culture. The mythological themes and topics explain the origin of environment, human and non-human beings, Earth and Sky. One of the oldest abilities of the divine, heroes and creatures is metamorphosis, the transformation of his physical form of shape. We can trace the metamorphosis in the oldest forms of religiousity and narrativity, found in literature and epics.

    The unprecedented accumulation of digital data and data corpora allows to follow development of mythology on the basis of a much larger amount of material than ever before. Also new findings from different eras changes our ability to see the long period processes. At the same time, there is little information about many nations and cultures, which the conference could help to do more visible.

    The conference will focus on these and related topics in order to examine the data and perspectives in the field and to explore the mythological traditions worldwide. We will focus on the theoretical possibilities of examining the mythologies, scholars and academic schools in the study of the mythologies, analyze the old and new methodologies and even the position and patterns of myths in contemporary society.

  • Papers may include (but not be limited.to) following topics:
  • 1. Metamorphoses and transitions in myth, including but not limited to the following sub-topics:
    • Metamorphosis, shapeshifting, and transformation in myth;
    • Transition and passage in myth and ritual;
    • Thresholds, borders, and boundaries: related myths, characters, and worldviews.
  • 2. Theoretical Approaches to Comparative Mythology, including:
    • New theoretical and methodological approaches in the research of mythology;
    • History of comparative mythology: old and novel approaches, changes in methodology:
    • Mediascapes and digital mythology;
    • New mythologies.
  • 3. A “free topic”, i.e., any other topic you would like to propose/choose for your paper will be considered.
  • Important information

  • Registration and payment are on the webpage of the International Association for Comparative Mythology https://www.compmyth.org
    There is no conference fee, but you are kindly asked to support with the annual fee the Association of the Comparative Mythology (40 EUR), closing dinner (30 EUR) and for excursion (40 EUR no prepayment).
    The working language of the conference will be English.
  • Important dates:
    1st of March 2019. Please send, if you intend to participate, a short (300 words or less) abstract to address: iacm.admin@gmail.com
    10 May Abstract published
    25 May Final program
  • NB! NB! We are ready to host thematic exhibitions.

    Contacts

  • Main page, registration and payment are on the webpage of the International Association for Comparative Mythology https://www.compmyth.org
  • Organizers from the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies:
    Mare Kõiva (mare@folklore.ee), Leading researcher of the Estonian Literary Museum, Head of the Centre of Excellence for Estonian Studies 
    Tõnno Jonuks (tonno@folklore.ee), head of the wG religion and Myth of the CEES
    Anne Ostrak (anne.ostrak@folklore.ee), Project Manager of the Centre of Excellence for Estonian Studies
    Piret Voolaid (piret@folklore.ee), Senior Research Fellow of the Estonian Literary Museum, Executive Manager of the Centre of Excellence for Estonian Studies

    Credits

    The conference is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence of Estonian Studies – CEES, TK 145) and is free of charge for participants.



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