Call for Proposals: The Void

Centre for Myth Studies

Myth Reading Group

Call for Proposals: The Void



Robert Fludd, ‘The Great Darkness or Mysterium Magnum’, in History of the Macrocosm and Microcosm (1617), Ritman Library, Pinterest

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place
For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
—Wallace Stevens “The Snow Man”, ll: 10-15.


The Myth Reading Group returns this term with the theme of “The Void”.

We invite proposals from anyone who is interested in any aspect of the void and address the theme from a mythological perspective across cultures, periods, and media. For an inspiring introduction to the topic, check out our blog entry “The Void” by Dr Leon Burnett, founding and former director of the Centre for Myth Studies. For a discussion of Robert Fludd’s image above and the question of origins, see Alan Cardew, ‘The Archaic and the Sublimity of Origins’, Paul Bishop (ed.), The Archaic: The Past in the Present (Hove: Routledge, 2012), pp. 93-146.

Please contact us with your suggestions for works or topics to read and discuss in the Autumn  term. Sessions will resume on 2 November, one week after the Translating Eurydice Conference we are co-organising with The University of East London (UEL), and end on 14 December 2017.  We are very pleased to announce that the first session will be led by Dr Leon Burnett. Please email us at with proposals or suggestions.

The Myth Reading Group is open to anyone with an interest in myth. We meet every Thursday in term time, between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m. (Room 3.411) at the University of Essex Colchester Campus. Our sessions include a short presentation, up to 30 minutes, followed by discussion.


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