A Barbarian in Literature and Art, International Conference

City: 
Vilnius
Country: 
Lithuania
Organizer: 
Lithuanian Comparative Literature Association (LCLA)
Closing date for submissions: 
6 September, 2007
Event dates: 
09.11.2007 - 10.11.2007
Contact: 
llla@vpu.lt


LITHUANIAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ASSOCIATION

Vilnius Pedagogical University
Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore

International Conference

A BARBARIAN IN LITERATURE AND ART

November 9-10, 2007

Lithuanian Comparative Literature Association (LCLA) invites to participate in the international conference of Comparative Literature to be held at Vilnius Pedagogical University, T. Ševčenkos 31.

The conference is looking at the current problems of the European Union ethnic cultures and also connects with the Great Millennium in Lithuania. The conference aims to discuss the interaction of what historically came to be accepted as the "central" literatures with the "peripheral" literatures. The Ancient period in history bequeathed the concept that territories on a far end of the Roman Empire must be inhabited by the Barbarian Tribes. In the Early Modern Period the three most advanced countries in respect of the European literature, i.e.: France, Great Britain and Germany, hemmed in the new centre for the European culture, which took over the tradition of labeling the less known countries and their culture "Barbaric". Although today the situation changed at heart, the tradition is still alive: it keeps reestablishing itself in the modern literature and art. The stance of Lithuanian literature and culture in relation to the center of Europe is not simply defined. In the artistic vision of European art Lithuanians too were branded Barbaric. The setbacks of this myth materialized in the accession period to the European Union.
The other aspect of the Barbarian theme to be considered by the participants of the conference is the recognition of the Barbaric as a constituent element in all literatures, reinstated by the so termed revolt of the masses. Barbarianism is the latent power in every ethnic culture, which enforces imminent alterations, and which destroys all canonized aesthetic structures. This endorses to term Barbaric Romantic turn to folklore, Avant-garde subversion of the salón art and devaluation of artistic forms in the today rather aggressively functioning mass and commercial literature.
The phenomenon of the Barbarian in European literature and culture is interpreted both as a destructive and constructive principle. And this is why the conference will address the boundaries of the functioning of the Barbarian principle in the art and the variety of its interpretations.

Proposed issues of the problem:

* When, where and how did the image (the myth) of the Barbarian start to function in Lithuanian and other European literatures? What are the core features of the Barbarian image (myth) and what are their transformations?
* How did Barbarian myth justify the stylized folklore, Avant-garde and today literature in the eyes of their contemporaries?
* How did the 20th century arts and literary criticism (in the works of Russian formalists, R. Wellek, J. Ortega y Gasset et al.) account for the term Barbarianism?


The scientific committee of the conference:
Prof. Kęstutis Nastopka (Vilnius University)
Assoc. Prof. PhD Nijole Kašelioniene (Vilnius Pedagogical University)
Assoc. Prof. PhD Reda Pabarčiene (Vilnius Pedagogical University)
Assoc. Prof. PhD Aušra Jurgutiene (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore)


The organizing committee of the conference:
Assoc. Prof. PhD Vida Gudoniene (Vilnius Pedagogical University)
Assoc. Prof. PhD Ruta Bruzgiene (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore)
PhD Gintare Bernotiene (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore)
PhD Laurynas Katkus (Vilnius Pedagogical University)

Coordinator
PhD Žydrone Kolevinskiene (Vilnius Pedagogical University)

The deadline for applications is September 6, 2007.
The conference fee is 20 Euros, payable at the registration of the conference.
The papers of the conference will be published.

Conference mailing:
Lithuanian Comparative Literature Association (LCLA)
T.Ševčenkos 31-306
LT-03111 Vilnius, Lithuania

Tel.: (+370 5) 2333 635, 233 06 11
Fax. (+370 5) 233 52 99
E-mail:

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LITHUANIAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ASSOCIATION

Vilnius Pedagogical University

Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore

International Conference

A BARBARIAN IN LITERATURE AND ART

November 9–10, 2007

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Please send a completed application form to the conference mailing address by 6 September 2007.

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