Modern Mythologies Conference

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Loughborough University, London
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Modern Mythologies Conference

Loughborough University, London Campus

September 19-21, 2019

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: May 30, 2019                                         

The Arts in the Public Sphere research group comprises academics working across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences, including literary studies, history, drama, linguistics, semiotics, fine art, graphics, and sociology. It aims to explore from an interdisciplinary perspective the historical and contemporary relation between the artist-as-producer to a variety of public spheres, to investigate how contemporary social groups understand matters of ‘public interest’, and to assess how the idea of the ‘common good’ is approached and represented in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences.

The conference has arisen in response to growing questions about the relationship between cultural mythologies and the Public Sphere. Some of the main issues to be investigated (but not limited to) include traditional and emerging theories of the public sphere, literature and drama as a public art, the politics and language of creativity, the public sphere as a form of narrative, the place and role of religion in a multicultural society, the role of the university in promoting cultural production, and technology’s role in promoting (or prohibiting) the ‘public good’. Participants drawn from a wide international constituency of academics and community partners will debate these questions as well as advise on possible strategies to help ensure the future of contemporary cultural practices that address how to keep the Public Sphere ‘public.’  Discussions will take place in a variety of formats, including panels, workshops, exhibitions, poster presentations, and Q&As. 

The conference seeks to create ongoing networks of researchers, practitioners, and professionals in fields related to the question of modern mythologies and the Public Sphere. The conference will offer two opportunities for publication. Contributors may submit material for consideration to a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal CounterText : “Literature in the Pubic Sphere – Now” (https://www.euppublishing.com/loi/count), and a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Humanities on “The Public Place of Drama in Britain, 1968 to the Present Day” (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/special_issues/Drama).

We invite you to submit proposals for panels, workshops, or posters.  We particularly welcome submissions from postgraduate students. 300 word proposals should be submitted simultaneously to the organizing chair, Professor Nigel Wood: n.p.wood@lboro.ac.uk and the conference administrator: Tina Harvey: aed.research@lboro.ac.uk on or before May 30, 2019. Suggestions for panels would be welcome and should be indicated before January 10, 2019.

 

This conference is supported by the Arts in the Public Sphere Research Group, Loughborough University (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/staff-research/research-groups/artsinthepublicsphere/).