Call for Papers (2024)

Tartalo. The VIII International Conference on Myth in the Arts” is organised by the Reseach Group Project “Tartalo” (TR42114) and researchers from the Faculty of Arts & the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of the Basque Country, as well as by the UNED Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The event is sponsored by the University of the Basque Country, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Arts and, specifically, its Department of English and German Studies and its Department of Classical Studies, the UNED (the Spanish National University of Distance Education in its Associated Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz), the Basque Centre of Irish Studies (Eusk-Cara), and the non-profit cultural association Hevenday. The official collaborators of the conference are Artium Museoa (Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country), REWEST research group of the UPV/EHU, the UPV/EHU research group on “Political Relationships and Social Categories in Rome and Greece” of the UPV/EHU, the Department of Philology and History of the Faculty of Arts of the UPV/EHU, and the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic of the University of Glasgow.

From their inception in ancient times, myths have constituted a sort of malleable clay that the poet transforms, according to their intent, to convey the most varied contents. Through myths, the world is ordered, ethical questions are raised, and society is reflected and reflected upon. Thus, myths not only entertain, but above all, they are an instrument of thought. Surely, this is why myth has been and still is today an effective way to analyse, from the apparent innocence of a marvellous tale, the complex and subtle realities that surround us. “Tartalo. The VIII International Conference on Myth in the Arts” is convened with the intention of bringing together all those who research myth in any of its artistic manifestations, at any historical moment, and in relation to any theoretical framework—Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Gender Studies, Feminism/s, Masculinities, LGTBQ+ Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Ecocriticism, Disability Studies, Film Studies and Performative Studies, among others. The event will include key-note lectures by international scholars on the use, subversion and re/production of old and new myths both as vehicles for cultural communication and as means of artistic expression. “Tartalo. The VIII International Conference on Myth in the Arts” welcomes applications from PhD students, late-stages MA students and PostDoc researchers, as well as from established researchers and academics on the following and complementing topics:

Myth and genre:

  • Myth and the Fantastic;
  • Myth in the American West;
  • Myth and the Inklings;
  • Myth and Modernism
  • Myth in Science Fiction;
  • Myth and horror;
  • Myth in comedy;
  • Myth in romance;
  • Myth in tragedy;
  • Myth in Children and Young Adults Literature

Myth and medium:

  • The aesthetics of myth;
  • Myth in literatura;
  • Myth in cinema;
  • Myth in paintings;
  • Myth and the performative arts (music, dance, theatre -opera, zarzuela, performance, cabaret, puppetry, circus…);
  • Myth in architecture;
  • Myth in sculpture;
  • Myth in photography;
  • Myth and new artistic forms (graphic novels, Artificial Intelligence, vlogging, social media, podcasts, picture books…).

(R)evolving myths:

  • Revisiting ancient/classical myths in modern/contemporary works;
  • Birth and evolution of (post)modern myths;
  • Transtextual dialogues about specific myths;
  • Mythopoeia;
  • The re/production of urban myths;

Myth and identity:

  • Mythifying social stereotypes;
  • The artistic representation, use and purpose of myth/s in multicultural contexts;
  • Cultural appropriation of non-western myth;
  • Global perspectives on myth;
  • Mythification as a tool for reclaiming and constructing identities.

Tartalo. The VIII International Conference on Myth in the Arts” will be held online and face-to-face at the Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country, Artium Museoa (Basque museum of Modern Art), and UNED (Associated Centre) in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, on the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th of November, 2024. Presentations will be grouped into theme sessions based on research fields and they will be presented in parallel sessions. Each presenter will be given 20 minutes to present their work either in person or via Zoom. In view of the international character of the event, the working languages are English & Spanish.