Two CFPs: Mythology in Contemporary Culture and Translating Myth

Two CFPs for you, both on Myth. Typically after posting earlier in the week, I now also really want to submit abstracts for these two conferences. At some point though, I have to produce a thesis so I’m not going to be able to go to all of them.

CALL FOR PAPERS–Mythology in Contemporary Culture

2013 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA)

Annual National Conference, Washington, D.C. 2013

The frequent appearance of mythological figures and motifs in all areas of popular culture speaks to the notion that mythologies, far from being relics of the past, continue to have significance in the contemporary world. Movies, television, computer games, comics, graphic novels, traditional literature, visual arts, performing arts, politics, blogs-the list goes on-contain both explicit and implicit epiphanies of archetypes such as Hermes and Isis and Kali, and of mythological narratives such as those found in classical Greek tragedies or medieval Grail legends, to name only a few examples. Contemporary revisionings and reinterpretations of ancient mythological elements reflect the attitudes of current culture.

Proposals that pertain to the general theme of Mythology in Contemporary Culture are welcomed. Please note that, for purposes of this area, the term “mythology” does not include postmodern evaluations or deconstructions of such “mythologies” as colonialism, structuralism or psychoanalysis.

For this 2013 Washington conference, we are especially encouraging presentations dealing with the “dangerous women” of mythology as they animate figures in contemporary culture. Such dangerous women might include seductresses such as Delilah, divinities whose spheres of action focus on disruption such as Nephthys and Eris, sorceresses such as Medea and Armida, and women, such as Helen of Troy, who are instruments of Fate or of divine vendettas.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less directly to no later than 30 November 2012.

The PCA/ACA National Conference will be held March 27-30, 2013 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C.
Kate Rittenhouse
403-2050 Nelson Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1N6
Phone: (604) 682-5906
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5-7 September, 2013, firstsite, Colchester, UK

An international conference organized by the Centre for Myth Studies at the University of Essex, supported by the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies.

The Centre for Myth Studies at the University of Essex is pleased to announce an international conference to be held from 5 to 7 September 2013 at firstsite, the home of contemporary visual arts in Colchester. We invite proposals for papers (of 20 minutes duration), or panel sessions (three papers), exploring the theme of ‘Translating Myth’. The organisers would particularly welcome interdisciplinary contributions, especially ones that bridge the domains of literature and psychoanalysis, but we encourage submissions on all aspects of myth that involve the idea of translation. ‘Translating myth’ is to be taken in a broad sense as encompassing any topic that addresses the process of conversion or transfer of cultural sources construed as mythic. The organizers list the following keyword combinations as a stimulus to thought, but, as it always is with myth, your own ideas should allow the imagination free rein in deciding on the possibilities offered by the conference theme:

Accommodation and assimilation; adaptations of the classics; anamnesis and orality; archetypes, prototypes, stereotypes; astrology and astronomy; babel and fable; boundaries and interfaces; chaos and creation; enchantment and ecstasy; gender and hybridity; genre and media; illud tempus and terra incognita; interdisciplinarity and multiculturalism; identity and intertextuality; mask and mandala; migration and transfer; monad, binary, triad, quaternity; mythos and logos; omens and oracles; register and revelation; resistance and change; rites of passage and cultural transfer; roots and rituals; sacred and profane; stage and screen; storyteller, poet, shaman, auteur; theories, poetics, dialectics; transformation and transposition; versions and motifs; zero and hero(ine).

PLENARY SPEAKERS: David Hawkes (Arizona State University), Miriam Leonard (University College London), Harish Trivedi (University of Delhi).

The deadline for proposals is Friday 25 January, 2013. Proposals should take the form of a title for the paper and a 250-word abstract, accompanied by a brief biographical note, including institutional affiliation where appropriate. To submit a proposal, or for more information, please write to Dr Leon Burnett, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ or, by e-mail, to

It is planned to publish a selection of papers on ‘Translating Myth’ after the conference.

Note: Thanks to the generosity of the Bean Trust, a limited number of bursaries are available for speakers contributing to a panel session on the place that William Blake occupies in the field of myth. If you wish to apply for one of these bursaries, please indicate in your proposal.


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