Call For Papers - 

Rhyme and Rhyming in Verbal Art and Song, Helsinki Finland 22-24 May 2019

During Medieval times, end rhyme became a key device for demarcating poetic
lines in European and Arabic cultures. Besides characterizing a
longstanding literary tradition, end rhyme and rhyme patterns became
central structural and sonic elements in oral and oral-literary traditions
worldwide. In oral performance, rhyme stands for aesthetics, creativity and
memory: memorization as well as the exploitation of working memory in
lyrical improvisation. In verbal art and song, rhymed registers continue to
deploy the poetic potential of language for situated communication and
meaning over changes in fashion and the coming of new musical styles.

This conference is intended to promote cross-disciplinary analysis and
understanding of the role and aesthetics of rhyme in the poetics of sound
and meaning. Our focus is especially upon the history and universality of
rhyme as well as its particularities in various performed oral and popular

The keynote speakers will be:
Nigel Fabb, Professor of Literary Linguistics, The University of
Strathclyde, Glasgow
Dwight Reynolds, Professor of Arabic Language & Literature, Uni. of
California, Santa Barbara Seppo Heikkinen, Senior Lecturer in Latin,
University of Helsinki, Helsinki

We invite scholars to engage in analytic discussions on rhyme as a poetic
device and rhyming as a cognitive practice. Proposals with abstracts of
300–500 words should be sent by 15th November 2018 to:
Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript. We welcome proposals including, but not limited
to, the following themes:
POETICS: forms, patterns, aesthetics; language/culture-specific versus
universal characteristics TRADITIONS: cultures, genres, registers;
oral/popular/sacred; the interface of oral and literary HISTORY: historical
continuums, developments and transformations; poetic ideologies/currents
COGNITION: methods of oral composition; reception, perception, memorization

The conference Rhyme and Rhyming in Verbal Art and Song will be held 22nd
–24th May 2019 at the Finnish Literature Society (SKS), Hallituskatu 1,
Helsinki, Finland. The event is
organized by Folklore Studies of the University of Helsinki and the Academy
of Finland research project Letters and Songs: Registers of Beliefs and
Expressions in the Early Modern North (2016–2020) of the Finnish Literature
Society. A registration fee (approx. 60 €) will cover lunches and
coffee/tee. For more information, please contact Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.