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									THE WISE FOOL CONFERENCE AND A STORY TELLING FESTIVAL

FIRST CIRCULAR

University of Malta (founded 1592)

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE WISE FOOL DECEMBER 07-10, 2006 AND THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL MALTA STORY TELLING FESTIVAL IN MALTA DECEMBER 11-13, 2006 IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ENZYKLOPÄDIE DES MÄRCHENS AT THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, GÖTTINGEN, THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION REPRESENTATION IN MALTA, THE AUSTRIAN EMBASSY IN MALTA, ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA IN MALTA AND UNIVERSITY OF MALTA JUNIOR COLLEGE MSIDA MALTA

OFFICIAL SPONSORS: Middlesea Insurance Ltd; The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts; The Ministry of Education; St James Cavalier, Valletta; Farsons Foundation; Publishers Enterprises Group (PEG) Ltd; and Park Hotel, Sliema; Air Malta.

Dear Colleague, In the name of the Department of Maltese, Malta University Junior College, the Enzyklopädie des Märchens at the Academy of Sciences, Göttingen, the European Commission Representation in Malta, the Austrian Embassy in Malta, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Malta, we have the honour to invite you to Malta for the First

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International Folk Narrative Conference on “The Wise Fool in Narrative Cultures’’ and the First International Malta Story Telling Festival with the participation of international story tellers. Theme of the Conference: “The Wise Fool in Narrative Cultures’’

Why the Wise Fool? The trickster is one of the most complex figures in international folk narrative culture. On the one hand he incorporates as culture promoter and founder the traits of a hero; on the other hand, in his role as rogue and trouble maker he incorporates those of an opponent and disturber of existing order. He can appear alone but he is often the alter ego of the real hero and helps the latter to endow himself with extremely positive characteristics, because the trickster attracts upon himself all that is ambivalent or negative. By means of these characteristics, the trickster is an extremely dynamic figure, who – even though in his different characteristic peculiarities – appears in the popular lore of all peoples or regions independently of time and geographical factors. This conference intends to focus on the phenomenon of the trickster in the Mediterranean area and elsewhere. Thus the interested geographical areas include, on the one hand the southern European countries, on the other the Islamic regions of the eastern and southern Mediterranean areas. It is the aim of the conference to examine the regional different peculiarities of the trickster figures, as well as to discuss possible connections, overlaps and completely different conceptualisations of the same. Special emphasis will be given to the transnational character of trickster culture, i.e. if one can define this culture independently from regional, national, continental and such like decisive frontiers. During the conference emphasis will also be placed on discussion of the contribution of folklore and its central characters to a European consciousness. Because of its geographical position, there is no place in Europe better than Malta for the holding of such a conference.

Date of the Conference:

December 07-10, 2006

Date of the Story Telling Festival: December 11-13, 2006 Place: University of Malta Junior College, Msida, Malta Participation: one may attend for the Conference and/or the Festival. The reasons for choosing Malta as venue for these international events are various, but the main ones are that 2006-2007 mark  the centenary of the beginning of the scientific study of the Maltese narrative;  the centenary of the first publications of Maltese folktales and other narratives by Prof. Luigi Bonelli of the Istituto Universitario Orientale of Naples, Prof. Hans Stumme of the University of Leipzig and Bertha Koessler-Ilg;

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the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Manwel Magri, the father of Maltese folklore scholarship and the one who has collected the largest number of Maltese texts in Maltese; the ninetieth anniversary of the death of Xand Cortis, another Maltese scholar who collected over eighty anecdotes, a good number of which focus on wise fools; the fortieth anniversary of the last publication of Maltese folktale texts.

Moreover, Malta became an EU-Member two years ago and we need closer contact to the European countries, especially folktale research as well as narrators. An international conference on the chosen theme and an international story telling festival have never been organized in Malta. All levels of Maltese society will be involved in the festival, with the main focus being on the younger generations. Story telling will not involve reading of stories but telling improvised and dramatized narratives from the respective cultures in one’s own language and in translation. Students would also find an opportune situation where to practise foreign languages in a proper environment. In December 2005 a mini-story telling festival was organized for students and adults with the full support of the American Embassy in Malta and the Ministry of Education and it has been a full success. Malta is a small country with a diversity of narratives. The conference will be held in the Malta University Junior College, Msida, only a few kilometres away from Valletta. The Story Telling Festival will be held for students and the general public in Valletta. Malta is accessible by air and sea. For further information on Malta please refer to: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/about_us/

Call for papers Proposals are invited from around the world for contributions to the Conference. If you are interested, please send us a single-page proposal including an outline of your paper (30 min.), and the following details not later than July 31, 2006: name (with your family name in capital letters), affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers. Proposals (and subsequently papers) must be written in English. The Conference Committee reserves the right to decline proposed papers which do not fit the theme of the conference. One can, of course, come to Malta without giving a paper. The Conference Committee will confirm acceptance or rejection of your proposal by 8 August, 2006. The Conference Committee will ask you to update your abstract, if necessary, closer to the conference. We are doing our best to find sponsors to support the publication of the proceedings of the Conference. The number of participants is limited. So, please let us know quickly if you wish to attend. The language of the conference is English.

Programme

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Thursday 07 December, Friday 08 December, Saturday 09 December and Sunday 10 December will be devoted to presentations. Friday 08 in the afternoon and evening will be dedicated to cuktural tours, visits and excursions (subject to modification). Costs The Conference fee is 80 Euro. In our next circular we shall give you the exact amount to pay for meals, tea/coffee breaks and cultural activities. We shall then ask you for a deposit. The Story Telling Festival As this festival intends to focus on European folk narrative, various professional narrators from European countries have been invited to participate. Entrance is free and scholars participating in the Wise Fool Conference, students and the general public are invited to attend. International story tellers from France, Britain, Greece and Italy have been invited to participate. Further details will be published in due course. Accommodation Park Hotel, a four star hotel in Sliema, is one of our sponsors and is offering a 40% discount on all accommodation prices to all participants:  single rooms at Lm12.50 instead of Lm19.50  twin room at Lm8.50 instead of Lm12.50 per person per night These rates, net to hotel and including buffet breakfast and all local taxes, are valid for the conference and story telling festival, i.e. from 7th to 13th December 2006. If any participant wants to confirm he will have to contact Park Hotel (e-mail address: info@parkhotel.com.mt, attention Ms Annabelle Massa-Trapani) and pay a 25% nonrefundable deposit to confirm the booking. For all the bookings reference “Wise Fool” has to be quoted. Any one who books half board pays Lm3.75 instead of the usual Lm4.75 if booked in advanced. All bookings have to be confirmed by 31st August. Flight discounts As the Official Carrier for these two cultural events Air Malta is offering special discounted rates applicable on Air Malta point-to-point scheduled routes available to all participants and accompanying partners through Air Malta offices. To benefit from this arrangement, you may either contact any of our Outstation offices or book online to make your flight reservations. Participants who wish to book online, can access http://www.airmalta.com/conferences and log into Air Malta’s booking engine with a pre-defined login name and password to avail themselves of the discounts. The following login name and password will be required -

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Please address all applications and requests for information in relation to the conference and the Festival to:
Dr George Mifsud-Chircop University of Malta Junior College Pjazza Ġużè Debono Msida MSD 10 Malta G.C. (Europe) Tel.: 00356-21431654 Fax: 0035621433482 e-mails: george.mifsud-chircop@um.edu.mt; mifchir@onvol.net

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