Fairy Tales, Folk Lore and Legends

Країна: Португалія

Місто: Lisbon

Тези до: 28.10.2016

Дати: 04.04.17 — 06.04.17

Е-мейл Оргкомітету: smmorris58@yahoo.com

Організатори: Inter-Disciplinary.Net


In contemporary retellings of historic fairy tales certain characters recur without failure: wicked witches, evil stepmothers, Rumplestiltskin, jinn, gnomes, trolls, wolves and thieves, as well as fairy godmothers, departed beloved mothers, firebirds, dwarves, princesses, dragons, woodcutters and princes charming. Disney has established a near monopoly on how these characters are viewed in contemporary society and how their stories are retold but the Disney lens is not the only one available. Fairy tales, folk lore and legends are the common patrimony of us all and the canvas on which the vast mural of good versus evil plays out; our darkest dreams or nightmares struggle against our better selves and highest hopes in these tales. At the same time, the relationship between these tales and modern society is a complex one that invites closer consideration of the changing nature of the stories and how modern sensibilities have both challenged and been challenged by the values and viewpoints that underpin the narratives.

Childhood itself, the presumed audience for most of these stories, has itself undergone radical redefinition since the tales first began to be collected or written. How have those changes influenced or been reflected in the retelling of the tales over time? Fairy tales can be interpreted in a variety of ways and from a variety of viewpoints: they can be psychological exposes, blueprints for dealing with the traumas of childhood and early adulthood, guides to navigating life, windows onto social realities long forgotten, remnants of ancient mythology or hints at how to access the Transcendent. How have adult sensibilities of what is appropriate for children appeared in the retellings or new collections? How many tales are actually retold for the benefit of adults, despite their supposed audience of children?

During the 2016 project, the unexpected preponderance of Disney-related discussions surprised all the participants. The Disney footprint seems to be inescapable when discussing this literature, whether a particular story has served as inspiration for a Disney film or not. That in itself is perhaps a subject worth discussing. The the 2017 project meeting will focus on non-Disney retellings of the classic tales as well as those tales which Disney has chosen thus far to ignore.

The Fairy Tales interdisciplinary research and publishing stream investigates how fairy tales/folk tales/legends represent both good and evil, how these are personified or interact, what these reveal about the lives of those who have told them over the years, what they mean for us who read or listen to them today. Possible subjects for presentations include but are not limited to:

Exploring the Tales Themselves

    Functions of tales over time and across cultures
    Socio-political context of tales and their capacity to serve as allegories for real life issues
    Justice and morality in the tales
    Fairy tale utopias and dystopias and the blurred lines between fiction, fact, reality, science fiction and mythology
    How fairy tales shape ideas about happiness
    Considerations of why tales are an enduring aspect of culture
    Factors that make some tales more popular than others (and why popularity can shift over time)
    (Re)interpretations and re-imaginings of the same tales differ over time or across cultures
    Relationship between fairy tale characters and real life humans: do human ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys’ behave so differently from fictional goodies and baddies, where there times when characters that seem fantastic to modern folks were actually considered to be more realistic by historical readers/listeners, what factors shape the changes that cause people to perceive characters as more or less real
    Relationship between fantastic and magical elements of tales and lived reality
    Tales and monsters: monstrous animals, monstrous humans, children’s interaction with monsters
    Intended lessons and values of stories and counter-interpretations, particularly in relation to gender, sex, materialistic values, notions of virtue and authority
    Processes around the domestication of fairy tales
    Tales as a source of/mechanism for oppression of individuals or groups
    New/modern tales
    Critical approaches to tales
    Tales and their authors
    Fairy tale artwork and imagery
    Fairy tale geographies: spaces and places of both the worlds within fairy tales as well as the spaces and places where the narratives are told or written

Encountering Fairy Tales/Legends/Folk Tales

    Studies of readers/audiences across time and cultures
    Listening versus reading: impact of oral traditions on the narratives, impact of illustrations in reception of the tales, etc.
    Relationship between traditional and modern forms of interactive storytelling involving fairy tales
    How adaptation to other mediums, such as film, television, visual art, music, theatre, graphic novels, dance and video games, affect the content of the tales themselves, appreciation of the narrative or our interpretations of narrative meaning

Uses of Fairy Tales/Legends/Folk Tales

    In advertising (re-imagining tales in advertising imagery, marketing the princess lifestyle, etc.)
    Tales and pedagogy: using tales as teaching and learning tools
    In tourism through destination marketing of spaces associated with fairy tales, Disneyfication of tales, etc.
    In the formation of national/cultural/ethnic identity
    In the publishing business
    Communities, biography and fairy tales: How social communal identity is forged around telling and re-telling tales

Tales, Health and Happiness

    Tales and magical thinking in the human development
    Tales and psychological/clinical practices involving tales
    Tales and unhealthy behaviour/beliefs
    Effect of tales on shaping notions of (un)happiness, (in)appropriate ways to pursue it and how to respond to respond to others’ (un)happiness
    Tales and aging (“growing old” as a theme in tales, how tales shape perceptions of old age, etc.)

Live Performances of Tales

    Theatrical, dance and other types of staged presentations
    Vocal performances
    Art installations
    Curated film screenings

Веб-сторінка конференції: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/fairy-tales-folk-lore-and-legends/call-for-participation/