In the Mirror of the Past: Journeys from History to HISTORY - Int. Conference on the Fantastic and the Miraculous May 9-10, 2011

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Center for Mythopoeia and Philosophy of Literature at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland

Co-sponsored by Center for Mythopoeia and Philosophy of Literature and Center for
Advanced Studies in Popular Literature at the Department of Polish, as well as by Center for
Francophone Literature and Culture at the Department of Modern Languages, the three-day
FANCUD conference at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland, is the only annual conference
in the country on the literary and filmic intersections of myth, fantasy, science fiction and
other speculative genres.

The focus will be on the theme of restorative journeys from linear, isolated,
and meaningless history to HISTORY that is meaningful through participation in a reality that
transcends it. One increasingly pronounced element of contemporary life is the experience of
helplessness in the face of overwhelming events and processes. Trying to make sense of the
world and of their own identity, modern people often re-enact, albeit without realizing it,
mythic patterns embedded in their cultures. The extent to which those patterns continue to be
relevant tools for modern circumstances is a matter of considerable dispute. The Conference will
seek to examine the presence in modern literature and culture of one such mythic pattern: the
pull toward "eternal return," as Mircea Eliade put it, from meaningless history to HISTORY
in which events are transformed into archetypal categories.

Confirmed speakers include Prof. Brian Attebery (Idaho State University), Prof. Véronique
Gély (the Sorbonne, Paris), Prof. Papa Samba Diop (the Sorbonne, Paris) Prof. Auguste Owono-Kouma (University of Yaounde,
Cameroon), Prof. Jakub Z. Lichański (University of Warsaw), Prof. Marek Oziewicz(University of Wrocław).

We encourage papers, panels and presentations on literary, political, theological, linguistic,
cultural and social aspects of journeys from history to HISTORY. We also welcome papers on
other aspects of the anti-historical tradition. Topics may include but are not limited to the
• The search for one's own history,
• HISTORY as the research arena for one's own history,
• The crisis of the historical awareness,
• Unity of time in traditional cultures,
• Mythic dimension of time in mass culture,
• The archaic dimension of HISTORY,
• Sacred time in religions and beliefs,
• The past as the philosopher's questioning grounds,
• Time in utopia,
• Time in folklore and folk traditions,
• Prayer time as reading and ritual,
• Futurological games played with history,
• Mythologemes in literature as vehicles for HISTORY,
• Representations of history in fantasy and science-fiction,
• Medievalism and the pull of the past in speculative literature,
• Cultural images of time,
• Modern interest in myth and its meanings,
• Cultural transmission of myth.

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2011, although earlier submissions
are encouraged. Please send a 250-350 word proposals to the Conference Secretary,
Agnieszka Ryzza-Woźniak, at:

Agnieszka Ryzza-Woźniak
Department of Polish
The University of Zielona Góra
al. Wojska Polskiego 67
65-677 Zielona Góra
Poland, United Europe

You can also e-mail submissions to (please put "FANCUD submission" in the
subject line) or to appropriate Division Heads (listed below). Proposals must be accompanied
by completed Registration Forms.

As you submit your proposal, please indicate if you have any scheduling restrictions,
audiovisual needs (OHP, DVD/VHS player), special needs, or a need for a written letter of
acceptance of your proposal. For information about registration, travel or accommodations,
for assistance or disabilities issues, please contact the Conference Secretary. For more
information and conference updates go to

Notifications of acceptance will be sent electronically by February 28, 2011.
By March 15, 2011, accepted presenters will have to send in précis of their presentations and
also pay the €150 Conference Registration Fee.

The précis must be a 500 to 800-word abstraction of the central informing idea of the article
and a cogent presentation of the development of its argument. It must be something more than
an extended abstract; the précis for English, Russian, German, and French presentations will
be translated into Polish and made available to conference participants as handouts.
The conference fee payment must be made by bank transfer to the
University of Zielona Góra account as specified below:
Bank name: Kredyt Bank S.A. filia nr 2 o. Zielona Góra, ul. Podgórna 50 65-246 Zielona
Góra, Poland
Beneficiary: Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, ul. Licealna 9, 65-417 Zielona Góra, Poland
Beneficiary's account no.: PL 42 1500 1810 1218 1004 4483 0000
Payment title: Konferencja FANCUD
Cancellations will be accepted in writing prior to April 5, 2011. No refunds will be issued
after that date. A PLN 100 (equivalent of €25) administration fee will be assessed on refunds

We look forward to hosting you in Zielona Góra!

Conference Committee:
Dr. Bogdan Trocha, Conference Head for Content and Program
Dr. Tomasz Ratajczak, Conference Head for Program Scheduling
Dr. Agnieszka Ryzza-Woźniak, Division Head for the Russian-Speaking Section
Dr. Joanna Ziobrowska, Division Head for the French-Speaking Section
Aleksander Rzyman, Division Head for the English-Speaking Section