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PHILOSOPHY OF THE HARE
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1. Description

2. Suggested topics

3. Practical information

Hare is one of the most popular bestiary images, firmly embedded in the contemporary daily culture. In our (post) Soviet childhood, we listened to the fairy tales about smart rabbit who outwit foxs and wolfs; danced at kindergarden New Year carnivals with the “bunny ears” on our heads In secondary school, we were fascinated by the story of a kind-hearted grandfather Mazai, who saved hares from the flood; and also, together with Alice, we followed the White Rabbit. Later we learned that hare-skin coat can save one in the turmoil of the meaningless and merciless Russian revolt (see Pushkin’s “The Captain’s Daughter”), but also that objectivation of women (together with beauty stereotypes) is most famously performed under the shiny cover with a rabbit profile. In the cheerful company, we often sang, and still sing, a hit “Song about Hares” from Leonid Gaidai’s famous comedy (“The Diamond Arm"). The list on images can be endlessly continued: meaningful hares can be found at all times in any sphere of human culture. These images should be studied, because there is no such “trifle” in popular culture, which would not inspire a serious scholarly discussion and lead to better understanding of our history and our actions within it. 



Therefore, we invite specialists in all branches of humanities - historians, literary scholars, linguists, scholars of folklore, ethnographers, art historians, sociologists and philosophers - to take part in the conference, devoted to the hare as cultural phenomenon. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Hare as an object of the history of material culture and ethnography. Hunting hares; hare meat in culinary cultures; hare fur in dress cultures;
  • Hare in mythology and folklore. Fairy tales about hare; proverbs, related to hare.
  • “Hare” lexicon in world languages. Lexemes, signifying hare and its parts (ears, tail, skin) and their etymology. Epithets, characterising a hare. Hunter’s lexicon and toponyms, related to “hare” semantics.
  • Hare as a literary images. Hares - protagonists of literary works. Ekphrasis of the hare.
  • Cultural history of the description of hare in natural sciences.
  • Iconography and iconology of the hare.
  • Hare in mass culture.

The conference will take place in St. Petersburg on June 19-20, 2014. Abstracts of the 20-minutes long presentations should be sent no later than December 31, 2013, to the email lepusology@gmail.com . Applicants should indicate their full names, academic affiliations and electronic addresses. The organizers select the papers by the principle of competition and reserve the right not to explain the reasons for not selecting certain papers. The decisions will be announced by email not later than February 14, 2014.

We are sorry to announce that travel grants are not available. Travel expenses should be covered by the participants.

Selected papers will be included in the edited volume, which will be published after the conference.