CFP: Medea: Mutations and Permutations of a Myth (UK) (12/15/05; 7/17/06-7/19/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Heike Bartel

Medea, the notorious infanticidal non-Greek wife of Jason, is a figure from Classical mythology who challenges the boundaries of behaviour and understanding and has proved both a creative and an intellectual challenge for countless writers, artists, composers and performing artists since Euripides and before.

We invite proposals for papers for the
cross- and interdisciplinary conference:

Medea: Mutations and Permutations of a Myth

Clifton Hill House, Bristol, UK
17th - 19th July 2006
Jointly organised by the Universities of Bristol and Nottingham

We particularly welcome proposals exploring the following areas:
- The reception of the myth from Antiquity to the twenty-first century in the fields of Classical studies; literature; fine and performing arts; film and media studies; music; popular culture; advertising; history; politics; alterity and gender studies; psychology; and medicine
- A critical re-assessment of theories of myth and myth-making on the basis of the mutations and permutations of the Medea myth
- The interpretation of the Medea myth to suit cultural, political, gender and scientific agendas

We intend to publish a volume of proceedings shortly after the conference with the aims:
a) of presenting an interdisciplinary insight into the wide-ranging diachronic reception history of the Medea myth
b) of illuminating how the reception of this particular classical figure reflects urgent contemporary concerns in the areas of politics and gender

Abstracts of five hundred words should be submitted by 15th December 2005 to Heike Bartel and Anne Simon. Speakers so far include: Richard Buxton (Classics, Bristol), Daniela Cavallaro (Italian, Auckland), Helene Foley (Classics, Barnard, Columbia), Edith Hall (Classics, Durham), Elizabeth Prettejohn (History of Art, Bristol) and Amy Wygant (French, Glasgow).

Dr. Heike Bartel Dr Anne Simon
Department of German Studies Department of German
University of Nottingham University of Bristol
University Park 21 Woodland Road
Nottingham NG7 2RD Bristol BS8 1TE
England England

Mit freundlichen Gruessen,
with kind regards,

Dr. Heike Bartel
Head of Department
Senior Lecturer

Department of German Studies
The University of Nottingham
University Park
UK - Nottingham NG7 2RD

Tel.: 0044-115-9515816
Fax: 0044-115-9515812

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