2020 CFP: Eurasian Folk and Fairy Tales: Bridging Continents


3rd Literature and Cultural Studies Conference

07-09 October 2020

Ege University, Izmir, Turkey

Emerging from oral literature, folk and fairy tales are embedded and entangled within the very confines of human consciousness and are continuously rewoven into the fabric of cultural memory. Often categorised as stories for children, these tales not only provide vital information into the psyche and disposition of the human mind, but also enable us to understand social and cultural interactions. The vast imagery, motifs, and archetypes these tales produce enable them to be constantly re-conceived, reinterpreted, and disseminated. Even though folk and fairy tales emerge from differing cultures with diverse traditions and customs, they seem to share similar formation mechanisms. With this in mind, this interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to explore the function, transmission, and adaptations of Eurasian folk and fairy tales.

As folk and fairy tales can be interpreted in a variety of ways and from a variety of viewpoints, subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Functions of tales over time and across cultures
  • Similar themes in tales from various cultures
  • Critical approaches to tales
  • Considering why tales are an enduring aspect of culture
  • (Re)interpretations and re-imaginings of the same tales over time or across cultures
  • Mythic aspects of folk and fairy tales
  • Unfinished/lost/fragmented tales
  • Folk and fairy tales as a source of healing, sickness, destruction, unification, transgression
  • Folk and fairy tales as a source of teaching and learning
  • Ways of communicating through folk and fairy tales
  • Tales and the formation of national/cultural/communal/ethnic identity
  • Tales as a source of/mechanism for oppression of individuals or groups
  • Tales and monstrous animals, monstrous humans, children’s interaction with monsters
  • Politics/ethics/ideology in folk and fairy tales
  • Justice, morality, virtue, authority, etc. in folk and fairy tales
  • Sexuality and gender in folk and fairy tales
  • Utopic/dystopic tales
  • Socio-political context of tales and their capacity to serve as allegories for real life issues
  • Folk and fairy tale geographies: spaces and places in the tales / spaces and places where the tales have been told or written
  • Tales and aging (“growing old / staying young” as a theme in tales, how tales shape perceptions of age)
  • Retelling/remaking folk and fairy tales
  • How adaptation to other mediums, such as film, television, visual art, music, theatre, graphic novels, dance and video games, affect the content of the tales themselves, appreciation of the narrative or our interpretations of narrative meaning

We invite proposals of 250 words for talks of up to 20 minutes in length, which should be emailed along with a short biography (around 100 words) to egeadikam@gmail.com. Please put the phrase “2020 Paper Submission” in your subject line. Proposals for panels for 60 minutes are also welcome. If you wish to submit a panel proposal, please include the line “2020 Panel Submission” in your subject line. And make sure you include the panel title/s and biographies of all your speakers in your abstract. Abstracts in Turkish are also welcome!

The extended deadline for submission is 27 January 2020 and notification of acceptance or rejection will be emailed by or before 07 February 2020.

Co-Organised by: ADİKAM (European Languages and Cultures Research & Application Centre) & the English Language and Literature Department of Ege University.