New Approaches to Myths

DFG Myth Research Group 2064 STRATA and Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of Göttingen
Conference House near Göttingen
Gefördert durch
German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
Vom - Bis
09.03.2023 - 10.03.2023
Gösta Gabriel, Institut für Altorientalistik, Freie Universität Berlin

The DFG Myth Research Group 2064 STRATA of the University of Göttingen invites Early Career Scholars to a Young Researchers’ Conference on Mythological Research on March 9–10, 2023.

New Approaches to Myths

Participation costs: no tuition fee, subsidy of the travel expenses, accommodation costs fully covered

Aims of the conference:
Researchers in the fields of mythological research and/or narrative theory and methodology will have the opportunity to learn, apply and discuss in the context of their own research projects the methodological tools of Hylistics developed by Göttingen research groups over the past decade, guided by accomplished researchers:

- Prof. Dr. Annette Zgoll: initiator of several Göttingen Myth Research Groups, spokesperson of the DFG-Myth Research Group 2064 STRATA, main editor of the series Mythological Studies
- apl. Prof. Dr. Christian Zgoll, initiator of several Göttingen Myth Research Groups, author of the basic transdisciplinary work on mythological theory and methods (Tractatus Mythologicus), main editor of the series Mythological Studies short version in English
- PD Dr. Gösta Gabriel, Leader of the junior independent research group "Mythische Literaturwerke der altbabylonischen Zeit als wissenspraktische Artefakte", Freie Universität Berlin
- Dr. Brit Kärger, Co-Founder of the Göttingen Myth Research Group Collegium Mythologicum

The conference language will be English and German, depending on the successful applicants.

How to apply:
We welcome applications from graduate students and postdocs of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Classics, and other disciplines with myths in textual form. The choice of source material (text sources of different languages, no image material) is up to the participants.

Preliminary requirements:
Prerequisite for participation is sound philological knowledge of one's own source material, including the philological analysis of a mythical source including an own translation, to be submitted before the conference.

Please send your application documents by September 30, 2022 at the latest to the scientific coordinator of the research group, Dr. des. Josephine Fechner (

Required application documents:
- brief description (max. 250 words) of which project in the fields of mythological research you are currently working on
- an application letter in English or German explaining your motivation for participating in the conference
- a full CV

For further information see the website.

- plenary lectures: theoretical introduction to the latest developments in myth research as part of a narrative research theory (Hylistics)
- study in interactive workshop groups with guided application of the hylistic methodology to one's own source material (in small groups of approx. 6 people)
- presentation and plenary discussion of the results


Dr. des. Josephine Fechner (
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