UPDATE: Spinning the World: Myths and Legends (3/25/06; 4/28/06-4/30/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Ben Ovando

Deadline extended:

First Interdisciplinary Conference-California State
University Fresno
Department of English and Students of English Studies
(SESA) April 28-30

Spinning the World-Myths and Legends

The graduate students in English at Fresno State have
produced a stellar year of events, ranging from the
appearance of legendary writer, Joyce Carol Oates,
through a series of colloquia hosted by SESA. These
colloquia have taken as their over-arching theme,
Myths and Legends, and have featured keynote speakers
on a variety of topics, including "Myths of Origin and
Place," Myths of the Workforce," and "Myths of

The upcoming 2006 Spring Conference will be our
culminating event and we would like to invite papers
and exhibitions from all disciplines. We seek analyses
that explore the way myth and/or legend constructs a
lens through which we interpret and process our own
society as well as cultures around the world. Since we
want to include creative works as well as more
traditional papers, we equally invite submissions that
challenge myths and explore their effects on us
through a wide variety of mediums and interpretive

Some questions to consider:

*How do cultural myths illustrate and represent the
belief systems of societies?
*What motifs, archetypal figures and potential
parallel myths are there throughout history?
*How do the legends that storytellers have spun for
over a thousand years evolve and how have they defined
our expectations of heroism, romance and adventure?

Please submit an abstract [ 300 words or less ] for
your proposed paper, presentation or performance. The
UPDATED deadline for submissions is March 25, 2006.

This weekend-long event will include a welcoming
reception on Friday evening, enhanced by some of
Fresno State's award-winning wines, produced right
here at the enology department. For out-of-town
guests, we will have information and offer assistance
in making arrangements for overnight lodging. Come
join us here in Fresno, where Yosemite looms just an
hour away with its mythical beauty forever
immortalized by photographer, Ansel Adams in his own
legends of portrait, and where MELUS will hold its
conference in spring of 2007.

For more information and for submission of abstracts,
contact Cathy Focarazzo Ciontea, Conference

Benjamin Ovando
SESA Coordinator

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Received on Sat Feb 11 2006 - 14:45:51 EST