The Status of Myths in New Millennial/post-2000 Cultural Production: What is left of myths in contemporary arts and literature?
Jean Jaurès University, Toulouse, France. 6-7 December 2024.
Submission deadline: 29 February 2024.
Venue: Toulouse-Jean Jaurès University, France – Center for Anglophone Studies
Date: December 2024, 6-7
We plan to publish a selection of papers following the conference.
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Submission deadline: February 29th, 2024
Languages: English or French
Organizing and scientific committee:
- Lara Cox, Céline Magot, Sophie Maruéjouls-Koch, Jean-François Tuffier
- Toulouse-Jean Jaurès University
- Center for Anglophone Studies
Confirmed guests and keynote speakers:
- American playwright Naomi Wallace, https://www.naomiwallace.com/
- Literary translator and actor Dominique Hollier: https://www.maisonantoinevitez.com/fr/auteurs-traducteurs/dominique-hollier-598.html
- Film critic and professor Laurent Jullier: http://laurent.jullier.free.fr/
As founding narratives or idealized representations of historical figures, myths have, from time immemorial, tied humans together, creating communities that grow into organized societies. They have therefore become the safeguards of a vision of History that the arts and literature have ceaselessly spun into stories, in order to better transgress, deconstruct or simply revisit an ever-changing mythos. Contemporary stories reshape the contours of an all-too-often glorified past and they question our cultural heritage at the same time as rekindling it.
Creative imagination feeds on these forms of “poaching” as Michel de Certeau put it. This process is not entirely separable from a certain level of violence. The artist who ventures into the territory of myth challenges authority, creating a tension within the main collective discourse by allowing new voices to emerge. The Black Lives Matter movement gave rise to a wave of protest demanding the removal of statues. This undoubtedly characterizes a world where the expression of singular identities, whether ethnic, gendered, racial and/or social, is transforming mainstream culture. Current artistic productions embrace and question figures or facts that collective memory has mythologized, and this serves a restorative purpose in various ways. It behooves us to enquire into the political, ethical, cultural and economic implications of these rewritings.
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