The JU Section of Children and Young Adults' Literature and JU Institute of Slavonic Studies invite you to attend the International Conference ‘Slavic Worlds of Imagination’, which will take place in September 2017 in Kraków.
The current scientific reflection focused on children's, young adults’ and fantastic literature, popular culture, or imagination in general is mostly centred around the literatures of the English-language regions and domestic texts. At the same time, Slavic literatures of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe present their own values with their local determinants. These literatures are also a good reason to investigate the meaning, role and influence of imagination in Slavic cultures. As this region’s freedom of thought and speech was in the past suppressed by censorship and repressions, research in this area could yield interesting results.
This conference will be the attempt to address the following issues:
- changes of the children's and young adults’ literature in Slavic cultures
- reception of Slavic children's and young adults’ literature in specific regions
- fairy tales and fables in Slavic literatures
- folklore in Slavic children's literature
- imagination as a tool of rebellion and defiance in literature
- Slavic fantasy literature
- utopia and dystopia in the literatures of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
- fictional and alternative worlds in Slavic literatures
- ‘the dark side of the imagination’ – evil in Slavic literature for children and young adults as well as horror fiction
- mental illnesses and addictions in texts of culture
- censored imagination – children's, young adults’, and fantastic literature as the subject of censorship
- political influence on Slavic children's literatures
- the future in Slavic literatures, science fiction in Slavic countries
- postmodern literary and art games in Slavic texts of culture (literature, audio-visual arts etc.)
Languages: Polish, English, other Slavic.