The World is Composed of Stories: The Relationship between Discourses and their Transformations

Mykolas Romeris University Institute of Humanities, Association of Lithuanian Comparative Literature, Lithuanian Education University
Closing date for submissions: 
15 June, 2012
Event dates: 
13.09.2012 - 16.09.2012





September 13-16, 2012, Vilnius, Lithuania


The Relationship between Discourses and their Transformations


During the first phase of the conference, the discussion will focus on the question whether there are any „discourses“ claiming the right to be representatives of „truth“ and not merely human creations. The participants may pay attention to two ways of resolving this controversy: (1) either there is a difference between theoretical discourses, claiming to have an access to reality, and aesthetic discourses, ranging from literature, through music, dance, all the way to painting and mythologies, or (2) there is no essential difference between these two domains, and resultantly theories and arts are equivalent as cultural creations. Modernity, and its extension through postmodernity, accepted as an inevitable conclusion that from the most rigorous sciences all the way to romantic arts, all discourses belong to the domain of „human“ sciences and, finally to „discoursing“ by way of numerous media, from theories through arts.

In the second phase the discussion will focus on the question concerning the criteria within specific cultures – including Lithuania – that determine the importance in the rankings of „discourses.“ What is more important, poetry or physics, opera or chemistry, etc. It is essential to discuss such criteria, since the latter determine the level of funding for different disciplines in educational institutions and the status of social members who engage in such disciplines. Indeed, national pride might depend on such rankings and achievements. (It is interesting to note that sports and athletes are greater heroes than scientists or poets).

During the third phase, the participants might focus on the „intertwining“ of stories (at times called „interdisciplinary studies“). Main question for discussion concerns the mutual changes by intertwining stories of distinct types: how sociological depictions (or even theories) change literature, painting or even architecture, and how the latter intertwine with and change sociology. How the stories, created by psychologists about the „unconscious“ events appearing in literatures and mythological dreams, integrate into other arts, and how such arts and literatures change psychological stories. Finally, how stories about one‘s own culture, songs about one‘s ethnicity, change the psychology of an ethnic group and even create „the land of heroes.“

During the fourth phase, the participants might discuss „possible“ new stories (and of course „disciplines“) emerging from the intertwining previously autonomous stories. Here one can address films intertwining physics, astronomy, literature, „future“ technologies, appearing in „sci-fy“ journeys among the stars, and other stories. In brief, here shows up an in-between domain among stories, leading to „fabulous polimorphisms“.


Algis Mickūnas




Relation of theoretic and artistic (literature, art, music, dance, etc.) discourses with reality

Theoretic idea and artistic narration as congenial works of humane culture

Criteria, determining the popularity and legitimacy of various areas of culture

Cultural hierarchies of the narratives: criteria and legitimation

Correlations of different narrative and interdisciplinary tendencies in humanitarian sciences

Differences and similarities of Eastern and Western narratives

Visual communication as post-modern narrative

Mutual correlations of sociological narratives of literature, art and other arts

Interdisciplinary dispersion of narratives: borrowings and translations

Influence of ethnological narrative to the nation’s psychology; cultural imagination and national discourse

Influence of interdisciplinary humanitarian studies on technological innovations: synergy and gaming of the fairy-tales

Other topics, close to the main topics of the conference, are also possible.


International languages of the conference: Lithuanian, English.

Presentation and approbation of the applications. The applications with the titles of the articles and short annotations (up to 500 symbols with spaces) are to be sent in Lithuanian and English languages till the 15th of June: ,,, the replies will be sent till the 20th of June.

Registration fee is 60 € (EUR) (including the publication fee) is to be paid till the 15th of July. Article, satisfying the requirements for the treatises, will be published in scholastic reviewed publication.

Travelling and accommodation expenses Unfortunately, there are no funds available at the time to cover the

accommodation- or travel-expenses.

Scientific committee of the conference: prof. PhD A. Mickūnas, chairman, (Ohio University, USA), assoc. prof. dr. R. Brūzgienė (MRU), prof. dr. Y. Caballero Aceituno (University of Jaén, Spain), assoc. prof. dr. P. Aleksandravičius (MRU), prof. dr. N. S. Bochkareva (Perm National University, Russia), prof. dr. A. Jurgutienė (ILLF), assoc. prof. dr. A. Juzefovič (VGTU), prof. dr. N. Kašelionienė (LEU), prof. dr. V. Martinkus (LEU), prof. PhD R. Menon (Liberal Arts Department Berklee College of Music, USA), prof. PhD J. Murphy (University of Miami, USA), assoc. prof. dr. S. Norvaišas (MRU), dr. R. Stanevičiūtė (LMTA), prof. PhD F. Y. Seif (Antioch University Seattle, Centre for Creative, USA), prof. dr. V. Rudaitienė (MRU).

Organizational committee of the conference: s. r. ass. dr. I. Čiužauskaitė (MRU), S. Masalskienė (MRU), assoc. prof. dr. A. Budriūnaitė (VMU), assoc. prof. dr. N. J. Bartosh (Novosibirsk National University, Russia), assoc. prof. dr. I. Čekmonienė (MRU), assoc. prof. dr. Ž. Kolevinskienė (LEU), assoc. prof. dr. J. Lavrinec (VGTU), ch. s. ass. dr. Y. Lyutskanov (Institute for Literature, Bulgaria), V. Mažeikienė (MRU), s. r. ass. PhD I. Modebadze (Shota Rustaveli Literary Institute, Georgia), assoc. prof. dr. Nedzinskaitė (MRU), r. fell. dr. I.. Povedák (Bálint Sándor Institute for the Study of Religion, Hungary), s. r. ass. dr. T. Riazantseva (T. Shevchenko Institute of Literature, Ukraine), Elena Sakalauskaitė (TTVAM), R. Valienė (MRU), assoc. prof. dr. A. Žemienė (MRU).

Information is provided: Mykolas Romeris University, Department of Language Culture of the Institute of Humanities ; Urtė Kalmantaitė, (85) 2714583; assoc. prof. dr. Rūta Brūzgienė, , +37060087503 (mob.); s. r. worker dr. Ilona Čiužauskaitė , +37069918643 (mob.).



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