Indo-European Religion and Poetics

A Comparative Approach: Myth, Ritual and Language

Der blaue Dämon (1931) by Gabriele Münter
Gabriele Münter und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung, München

Photo: Laura Massetti, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, 2018.06.03

Religion and poetics, ritual and myth are central, fascinating dimensions of the ancient world, which somehow have never stopped talking to us. Indeed, as Aby Warburg wrote, “where the technical explanation of cause and effect replaces the mythical imagination, man loses his primitive fears. But we should be loth to decide whether this emancipation from the mythological view really helps mankind to find a fitting answer to the problems of existence” (A Lecture on Serpent Ritual, Journal of the Warburg Institute 2/4: 291). Through the study of ancient myth and ritual we learn more about the ancient societies to which they belonged. At the same time, the in-depth analysis of ancient stories teaches us something about modern man's truest fears and desires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The conference is organized by Laura Massetti. She is head of the project 'Family Myths' which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 793479.

Programme and book of abstracts

The programme and abstracts will be available here after September 1.

Second circular

The second circular, which includes details on registration and other important information, will be available soon.

Presentations and handouts

Presentations and handouts will be available once the conference has taken place. The conference will be live streamed.

Registration

Information will be made available after September 1.

Organiser

The conference is organized by Laura Massetti. She is head of the project 'Family Myths' which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 793479.