THE WORLD IS COMPOSED OF STORIES: The Relationship between Discourses and their Transformations
|Event Date/Time: Sep 13, 2012||End Date/Time: Sep 16, 2012|
ASSOCIATION OF LITHUANIAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
LITHUANIAN EDUCATION UNIVERSITY
September 13-16, 2012, Vilnius, Lithuania
THE WORLD IS COMPOSED OF STORIES
The Relationship between Discourses and their Transformations
During the first phase of the conference, the discussion will focus on the question whether there are any â€ždiscoursesâ€œ claiming the right to be representatives of â€žtruthâ€œ and not merely human creations. The participants may pay attention to two ways of resolving this controversy: (1) either there is a difference between theoretical discourses, claiming to have an access to reality, and aesthetic discourses, ranging from literature, through music, dance, all the way to painting and mythologies, or (2) there is no essential difference between these two domains, and resultantly theories and arts are equivalent as cultural creations. Modernity, and its extension through postmodernity, accepted as an inevitable conclusion that from the most rigorous sciences all the way to romantic arts, all discourses belong to the domain of â€žhumanâ€œ sciences and, finally to â€ždiscoursingâ€œ by way of numerous media, from theories through arts.
In the second phase the discussion will focus on the question concerning the criteria within specific cultures â€“ including Lithuania â€“ that determine the importance in the rankings of â€ždiscourses.â€œ What is more important, poetry or physics, opera or chemistry, etc. It is essential to discuss such criteria, since the latter determine the level of funding for different disciplines in educational institutions and the status of social members who engage in such disciplines. Indeed, national pride might depend on such rankings and achievements. (It is interesting to note that sports and athletes are greater heroes than scientists or poets).
During the third phase, the participants might focus on the â€žintertwiningâ€œ of stories (at times called â€žinterdisciplinary studiesâ€œ). Main question for discussion concerns the mutual changes by intertwining stories of distinct types: how sociological depictions (or even theories) change literature, painting or even architecture, and how the latter intertwine with and change sociology. How the stories, created by psychologists about the â€žunconsciousâ€œ events appearing in literatures and mythological dreams, integrate into other arts, and how such arts and literatures change psychological stories. Finally, how stories about oneâ€˜s own culture, songs about oneâ€˜s ethnicity, change the psychology of an ethnic group and even create â€žthe land of heroes.â€œ
During the fourth phase, the participants might discuss â€žpossibleâ€œ new stories (and of course â€ždisciplinesâ€œ) emerging from the intertwining previously autonomous stories. Here one can address films intertwining physics, astronomy, literature, â€žfutureâ€œ technologies, appearing in â€žsci-fyâ€œ journeys among the stars, and other stories. In brief, here shows up an in-between domain among stories, leading to â€žfabulous polimorphismsâ€œ.
SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR THE CONFERENCE
Relation of theoretic and artistic (literature, art, music, dance, etc.) discourses with reality
Theoretic idea and artistic narration as congenial works of humane culture
Criteria, determining the popularity and legitimacy of various areas of culture
Cultural hierarchies of the narratives: criteria and legitimation
Correlations of different narrative and interdisciplinary tendencies in humanitarian sciences
Differences and similarities of Eastern and Western narratives
Visual communication as post-modern narrative
Mutual correlations of sociological narratives of literature, art and other arts
Interdisciplinary dispersion of narratives: borrowings and translations
Influence of ethnological narrative to the nationâ€™s psychology; cultural imagination and national discourse
Influence of interdisciplinary humanitarian studies on technological innovations: synergy and gaming of the fairy-tales
Other topics, close to the main topics of the conference, are also possible.
International languages of the conference: Lithuanian, English.
Presentation and approbation of the applications. The applications with the titles of the articles and short annotations (up to 500 symbols with spaces) are to be sent in Lithuanian and English languages till the 15th of June: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, the replies will be sent till the 20th of June.
Scientific committee of the conference: prof. PhD A. MickÅ«nas, chairman, (Ohio University, USA), assoc. prof. dr. R. BrÅ«zgienÄ— (MRU), prof. dr. Y. Caballero Aceituno (University of JaÃ©n, Spain), assoc. prof. dr. P. AleksandraviÄius (MRU), prof. dr. N. S. Bochkareva (Perm National University, Russia), prof. dr. A. JurgutienÄ— (ILLF), assoc. prof. dr. A. JuzefoviÄ (VGTU), prof. dr. N. KaÅ¡elionienÄ— (LEU), prof. dr. V. Martinkus (LEU), prof. PhD R. Menon (Liberal Arts Department Berklee College of Music, USA), prof. PhD J. Murphy (University of Miami, USA), assoc. prof. dr. S. NorvaiÅ¡as (MRU), dr. R. StaneviÄiÅ«tÄ— (LMTA), prof. PhD F. Y. Seif (Antioch University Seattle, Centre for Creative, USA), prof. dr. V. RudaitienÄ— (MRU).
Organizational committee of the conference: s. r. ass. dr. I. ÄŒiuÅ¾auskaitÄ— (MRU), S. MasalskienÄ— (MRU), assoc. prof. dr. A. BudriÅ«naitÄ— (VMU), assoc. prof. dr. N. J. Bartosh (Novosibirsk National University, Russia), assoc. prof. dr. I. ÄŒekmonienÄ— (MRU), assoc. prof. dr. Å½. KolevinskienÄ— (LEU), assoc. prof. dr. J. Lavrinec (VGTU), ch. s. ass. dr. Y. Lyutskanov (Institute for Literature, Bulgaria), V. MaÅ¾eikienÄ— (MRU), s. r. ass. PhD I. Modebadze (Shota Rustaveli Literary Institute, Georgia), assoc. prof. dr. NedzinskaitÄ— (MRU), r. fell. dr. I.. PovedÃ¡k (BÃ¡lint SÃ¡ndor Institute for the Study of Religion, Hungary), s. r. ass. dr. T. Riazantseva (T. Shevchenko Institute of Literature, Ukraine), Elena SakalauskaitÄ— (TTVAM), R. ValienÄ— (MRU), assoc. prof. dr. A. Å½emienÄ— (MRU).
Information is provided: Mykolas Romeris University, Department of Language Culture of the Institute of Humanities email@example.com; UrtÄ— KalmantaitÄ—, (85) 2714583; assoc. prof. dr. RÅ«ta BrÅ«zgienÄ—, firstname.lastname@example.org, +37060087503 (mob.); s. r. worker dr. Ilona ÄŒiuÅ¾auskaitÄ— email@example.com, +37069918643 (mob.).
THE CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE IN MYKOLAS ROMERIS UNIVERSITY, ATEITIES ST. 20, VILNIUS, LITHUANIA