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The Horn of Rohan

Call for Papers

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Edith L. Crowe

University of Zielona Góra, Department of Polish Studies, Centre for Mythopoetics and Philosophy of Literature announces:

“The Fantastic & the Miraculous” 6th Annual Conference
Tuesday – Wednesday 27-28 March, 2012, Zielona Góra, Poland


The contemporary culture draws on the mythic on various levels in a variety of aspects. The multiformity of myth and its resistance to being defined make myth-related references both attractive and troublesome for researchers. Mythic elements in literary works and cultural artefacts often get degraded or trivialised; sometimes they are simply problematic. In modern culture and literature, myth seems to some extent to be living a life of its own. Avoiding ultimate interpretation and analysis and hiding in even the most obvious references, myth remains a realm open to explore.

We invite philologists, linguists, philosophers, theologians, ethnologists, sociologists, and all other scholars interested in the following areas:

1. Mythopoeia and new mythology in literature

- mythic models of authenticity in modern literature and culture
- mythic hero’s authority in modern reader’s eyes
- quest for the complete meaning of the mythic picture
- functions of the aletheic interpretation of symbol or mythologeme found in culture texts:
a/ therapy, b/ speculation, c/ understanding
- models of modern attitudes to the mythic dimension of axiology, reality, humanity

2. Functions of the mythic experience found in culture texts

- play
- speculation
- seeking one’s identity

3. Mythic elements and religious elements in modern culture

4. Mythic elements and elements of truth (symbolic-veracious), the mythic and the rational

5. Pop-culture and popular literature myths – reduction or totality of identity

6. Types of the mythic motif of identity in modern literature: mosaic, aletheia, infantilism, trivialising, irony

Please send in your proposals along with filled in ‘Conference Registration Form’ (enclosed) and an abstract (in Polish and English – those representing Polish scholarly establishments; in English – all others) by January 31, 2012. The abstract should not exceed half a page of standardised A4 computer printout. Notice of acceptance will be given by February 17, 2012. The presentations may take up to 20 minutes (about 6 pages). Detailed information on the maximum length of a paper to be published will be given after the notice of acceptance.


Please, send your submissions – as well as questions – to Ms. Kateryna Atamanova (affiliation: Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, Instytut Filologii Polskiej, al. Wojska Polskiego 67, 65-677 Zielona Góra) . For more information and a copy of the Registration form,  English speakers should contact Aleksander Rzyman


The fee is PLN 450 (or its equivalent in €, ₤, or $) and includes dinners and coffee & cookies during the two days of the conference + banquet on the night (Monday 26th March) preceding the conference. It also includes the publication of a peer-reviewed post-conference volume.

Please, effect the payments by transfer to the University of Zielona Góra’s bank account:

Kredyt Bank S.A. Filia Nr 2 o. Zielona Góra, ul. Podgórna 50, 65-246 Zielona Góra, Poland
Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, ul. Licealna 9, 65-417 Zielona Góra, Poland
/account no.:/
PL 42 1500 1810 1218 1004 4483 0000
Please, mark payment as: ‘Konferencja FANCUD


All guests are kindly requested to arrange for their lodging by themselves. Visit Zielona Góra’s web pages to find out about hotels. The organisers can recommend the “Śródmiejski” hotel – conveniently located in the very centre of the Old Town, good bus connection to the venue of the conference (U.Z., al. Wojska Polskiego, Kampus ‘B’). Breakfasts included, at a reasonable price.