From: Gemma Belmonte <aclon11cervantes.es>
Subject: Hispanic Heritage: Folklore, Mythology and Fantasy
Hispanic Heritage: Folklore, Mythology and Fantasy
Date: 11-Jun-2007 - 15-Jun-2007
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact: Gemma Belmonte
Contact Email: aclon11cervantes.es
Meeting URL: http://www.unex.es/eweb/sil
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Extremadura has a rich cultural heritage, with very significant contributions in
the field of oral traditions and mythology, and with an influence in the current
sphere of fantasy literature. The seminar is an opportunity to experience and
discover more about this heritage: myths and popular traditions, celebrations,
writers who develop the fantasy genre, etc. The aim, in turn, is to achieve
multi-disciplinary analyses and interpretations in order to examine educational
models and ways of spreading this knowledge for the 21st century, in particular,
contrasting the application of these materials for the teaching of Spanish as a
foreign language. The promotion and teaching of this cultural heritage is the
constant theme of the week's conferences, papers and debates.
This seminar is part of the "Extremadura Week" taking place at the Instituto
Cervantes in London, the aim of which is to offer an array of outstanding
activities about Extremadura, in particular those concerning heritage and
This five-day event, organised in conjunction with the University of Extremadura
(Spain), will take place at the Instituto Cervantes in London from 11-15 June
2007. Each day will cover different themes, so delegates may choose to attend
one or more days. The seminar will provide an opportunity for colleagues to
critically explore the present panorama of literary and folklore genres -
examining the unique aspects of the Hispanic contribution - and to share best
practice among British and Spanish universities, with the aim of promoting joint
Themes will be: folklore and popular traditions related to fantasy; myths and
traditions of the Iberian Peninsula; fantasy literature in Spanish and its
sub-genres (magic realism, science-fiction, terror, sagas etc) fantasy
literature and mythology compared; literary-folklore relations in Hispanic
literature; analysis of specific authors and literary works; fantasy themes and
motifs; cultural heritage as an educational resource; cultural and tourist
itineraries from myths and legends; myths in films and visual images.
Keynote speakers: Professor Eloy Martos Núñez (University of Extremadura);
Professor Pedro Cerrillo Torremocha (University of Castilla-La Mancha); Ana
Paula Guimarães (Institute of Traditional Literary Studies, Nova University
Lisbon); Professor Antonio Gómez Yebra (University of Málaga).
Full details, including a call for papers will be available soon on
The University of Extremadura will provide certificates of attendance to those
who request it. For further information and expressions of interest, please send
an e-mail with your personal details and professional credentials to the seminar
secretary, Gemma Belmonte on aclon11cervantes.es.
Attendance at this event will be free.
The official languages of the conference are Spanish and English.
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