Narratives, Persons, Communities

Individual, group and even national identities are built on layers of intertwining personal or shared narratives. History, truth, values and beliefs are heavily based on the stories we have been told, the ones we tell ourselves and the ones we choose to share with others. Our self-image relies on our “story” and we feel connected to our community and our kin by the memory of a shared past and a common vision for a shared future. Altering a fundamental narrative may lead to reshaping lives (for the better or the worse) for generations to come. This project shall explore various kinds of narratives in an attempt to find their larger meaning and implications and to determine ways to turn stories that hurt into stories that heal.

Key Themes Being Explored

  • (In)Convenient Histories

  • Ageing and Happiness

  • Bad Taste

  • Dark Tourism

  • Fans and Fandom

  • Humour

  • Nostalgia

  • Street Art

  • Testimony

  • The Family

  • The Meaning of Life

  • The Stories Bodies Tell

Upcoming Events

The End of Life Experience
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

This inclusive interdisciplinary conference explores dying and death and the ways culture impacts care for the dying, the overall experience of dying and ways the dead are remembered. Over the past four

Storytelling: Trauma, Resistance, and Remembering
Prague 2023 / March 19, 2023

Fairy tales, emerging from the oral tradition, are some of the oldest narratives we have. Following mythologies, legends, epics, folk tale traditions, fairy tales contain elements from the realistic to the supernatural

Loving Dystopia | 1st Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

Literally the opposite of utopia, or ‘perfect place,’ the term dystopia was coined in the mid-19th century and has been used to both critique laws, policies and actions by those in power, and

Pop Cultures: Cultural and Creative
Prague 2023 / March 19, 2023

The concept of pop—or popular—culture is slippery and oddly illusory. We might think we understand it and know what it is even if we can’t quite define it, but due to the

Proliferations of Lovecraft | 2nd Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 19, 2023

Through his view of humanity as something insignificant in contrast to the cosmos, Lovecraft anticipated significant concerns over the uncertainties proper to the twenty-first century. In the current context of the Anthropocene,

Monsters and the Monstrous | 3rd Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 19, 2023

“I’m hated, execrated, those I meet are repelled by me. They want me crucified, and maybe their feelings are all too justified,” sang the American band The Bastard Fairies in their 2010

Global Horror | 2nd Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

Horror pervades our lives. The emotional experiences based on fear and dread it provides affect us both individually and collectively, and the fascination it exerts is undeniable and ancient, as evidenced by

Evil Women: Women and Evil | 4th Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

Few things capture the human imagination as much as evil, a notoriously slippery concept that enjoys universal recognition yet defies easy definition. As a term which is frequently used in relation to

Bad Mothers | 2nd Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

Revered as “givers of life,” bio-genealogical mothers occupy an important role in our world, often seen as the key to ensuring the ongoing survival of the human race. Though the bond between

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