Titlul proiectului: Impactul unui mit:
Dracula si imaginea României în literaturile
britanica si americana
Codul proiectului: PN-II-RU-PD-2011-3-0194
West University of Timişoara, Vasile Pârvan Blvd. 4, 18 July 2013
Opening: Professor dr. Otilia Hedeşan, Director CSUD, West University of Timişoara; mentor of the research project.
Session I: 1600 - 1720
Senior Lecturer Dr. MARIUS CRIŞAN, Dracula and the Fictional Representation of the Romanian Space. Besides this topic, the presentation included references to the main activities and events of the project.
Professor Dr. OTILIA HEDEŞAN, Romanian Vampiric Complex. Mythology and Geography
The lecture was focused on the analysis of the mythological complex of the vampire in Romanian folklore.
1720 - 1730 Coffee break
Session II: 1730 - 1830
Professor Dr. FARKAS JENÖ, University Eötvös Lóránd Budapest, The Image of Dracula for Contemporaries and Posterity. The presentation included a synthesis of the history of the evolution of Dracula's image since the medieval portraits to cinema and other contemporary media representations.
In About a Philosophy of the Brand: Dracula as a Multilayered Identity, Senior lecturer dr. CLAUDIU MESAROŞ presented the conceptual fundaments of the philosophy of the imaginary and philosophy of branding, and spoke about Dracula as a brand, referring to the campaigns to create a national image since the 1990s.
Several teachers and researchers participated in the debates of the conference: Professor dr. Georgiana Lungu Badea, Associate Professor dr. Gheorghe Clitan, Associate Professor dr. Smaranda Vultur, Associate Professor dr. Ioan Vultur, Senior lecturer dr. Simona Adam, Senior lecturer dr. Anca Franţ, Senior lecturer Andreea Gheorghiu, Senior lecturer Ramona Hurduzeu, Senior lecturer dr. Lucian Drǎguţ, Senior lecturer dr. Maria Lungu, Senior lecturer dr. Monica Oprescu, Senior lecturer dr. Carmen Ţîru, researcher dr. Corina Popa, junior lecturer Iulia Cosma, dr. Irina Dincǎ, etc.; guests from U.K.: Nick Green and Lizz Mellis, PhD candidate, University College of London; teachers from local high schools: Viorica Gyovai, Tatiana Krista, Rodica Sirca-Belintan etc., PhD candidates, postgraduate and undergraduate students.
Workshop: Space and Myth in Literature: Imagological Approaches and Didactic Perspectives. 1830 - 2015
Professor dr. Otilia Hedeşan opens the debate on "this fascinating theme" which "cannot be avoided". Senior lecturer dr. Claudiu Mesaroş considers that it is a chance for Romania to be associated with such a powerful image. Associate Professor Dr. Smaranda Vultur speaks about the effect of the globalisation, which makes identitary discourses coexist with postmodern globalising perspectives.
Junior lecturer dr. Cosmina Lungoci opens the debate on didactic aspects related to the interest of the pupils in fantastic literature, and the teachers from the local secondary schools (Viorica Gyovai and Rodica Sirca-Belintan) refer to the preferences of the young readers. Professor Farkas mentions the use of the image of Dracula in some school books in Germany and UK, which were successful for the young readers.
Senior lecturer dr. Maria Niculescu speaks about the theory of transforming the barrier into resources, which can also be applied to these imagological and didactic contexts.