(Venue: 8F, Sheke Boyuan Hotel)
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FridayNovember 16, 2012
After 12:00
Registering (Lobby)
SaturdayNovember 17, 2012
Breakfast Time (Dining Hall, 1F)
Registering (Lobby)
(Conference Room 1, 8F)
Li, Yang
(Vice President of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
Welcoming Address
Yin, Hubin
(Deputy Director of Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS)
Chao, Gejin
(Director of Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS)
Opening Remarks
(Conference Room 1, 8F)
Nagy, Gregory
(Harvard University, USA)
Oral Poetics through the Lens of the Panathenaic Festival in Athens
John Zemke
(Director of the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition, University of Missouri, USA)
Reichl, Karl
(Bonn University, Germany)
Oral Epics Today: Death, Survival, and Change
Tea/ Coffee Break
Harvilahti, Lauri
(Finnish Literature Society, Finland)
Textual Research and Challenges of the Digital Era
Chao, Gejin
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Disciplining Epic Studies in China
General Discussion
Gathering for a group photo (in front of the gates of the Hotel)
Lunchtime (Dining Hall, 1F)
Session 1
Session 1-A
Chair: Mirsad Kunić
(Conference Room 1, 8F)
Session 1-B
Chair: Ana Díaz Alvarez
(Conference Room 2, 8F)
Session 1-C
Chair: Adil Zhumaturdu
(Conference Room 3, 8F)
Hegarty, James
(Cardiff University, U.K.)
Exploring the Mahābhārata
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
On Plot Structure Classification in Mongolian Heroic Epics
Akmataliev, Abdyldazhan
(Institute of Language and Literature named after Chingiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstan)
“Manas” Is A Treasure of World Culture
Wang, Huansheng
(Institute of Foreign Literature, CASS, China)
Imitation and Innovation: Analyzing the Figure of Aeneas between Homer and Virgil
Ochirova, Nina
(Kalmyk Institute for Humanities, Russian Academy of Sciences, the Republic of Kalmykia, Russia)
The Issues of the Study of the Kalmyk Heroic Epic “Djanggar”
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
The Tibetan Epic Master Grags-pa and the Transcribed Texts from His Performance
Gong, Yushu
(Peking University, China)
Interpreting the Sumerian Epic Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta
Dasylva, Ademola Omobewaji
(University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
African Oral Epic Traditions: Form, Significance and Universal Correspondences
Iskakuly, Danday
(Suleyman Demirel University, Kazakhastan)
Studies on Kazakh Epic
Yang, Enhong
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Continuity and Development of Gesar Oral Tradition in the Early 21st CenturyCentered on the Investigation of Young Gesar Singers
Liu, Yahu
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Epic Performance and Transmission among Ethnic Minority Groups Living in South China
Yin, Hubin
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Epic Studies in China: Perspectives in Oral Tradition
Tea/ Coffee Break
Session 2
Session 2-A
Chair: Aaron Phillip Tate
(Conference Room 1, 8F)
Session 2-B
Chair: Domii Tumurtogoo
(Conference Room 2, 8F)
Session 2-C
Chair: David Elmer
(Conference Room 3, 8F)
Bender, Mark
(The Ohio State University, USA)
Hmong Oral Epics: Transnational Collaboration and An Epic Mater-text
Kuzmina, Evgeniya
(Institute of Philology, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, the Republic of Buryatia, Russia)
The Functional Role of “Loci Communi” in the Buryat Epic Literature
Adil Zhumaturdu
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
The Living Epic Manas and Its Performers: An Analytical View on Contemporary Manaschis in China
Wu, Xiaodong
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
On Typical and Atypical Features of Epic Traditions in South China: An Argument on Genre
Orus-ool, Svetlana*
(Kalmyk Institute for Humanitarian Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, the Republic of Tuva, Russia)
About Tuva Heroic Epos
Yeghiazaryan, Azat
(Russian-Armenian/Slavonic University, Armenia)
Epic and Narrative
Qu, Yongxian
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Cultural Circle and Epic Transmission: Centered on Oral Narratives of the Dai People Living in China
Sadalova, Tamara
(Ministry of Culture, the Republic of Altai, Russia)
The Epic Heritage of the Altai People
Jurayev, Mamatkuli
(Institute of literature and Language, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan)
The Uzbek Public Heroic Epos “Alpomish”: Genesis, Epic Evolution, and Modern Variants
Wu, Qiao
(Institute of Sociology, CASS, China)
The Cosmology Presented in Oral Tradition: The Floral Belt Dai’s Epos and Folklore
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Naming Narrative Units and Their Structures in Mongolian Epic Tradition
Dilek, İbrahim
(Gazi University, Turkey)
Mythos-epos Relationship in Siberian Turkish Epics
Live Epic Performances: Section I (Conference Room 1, 8F)
Welcome Reception (Dining Hall, 1F)
Sunday, November 18
Breakfast Time (Dining Hall, 1F)
Session 3
Session 3-A
Chair:James Hegarty
(Conference Room 1, 8F)
Session 3-B
Chair: Gisli Sigurdsson
(Conference Room 2, 8F)
Session 3-C
Chair: Shi, Yang
(Conference Room 3, 8F)
Elmer, David Franklin
(Harvard University, USA)
Consensus, Collective Decision-Making, and the Shaping of the Iliad: Ancient Greek Perspectives on Sustaining Epic Tradition
Zemke, John
(University of Missouri, USA)
International Society for Studies in Oral Tradition: A Virtual Network for Studies of Epic and Other Verbal-Arts Traditions
Badal, Khan Sabir
(Oriental University of Naples, Italy)
Singer of Tales: Story of a Baloch minstrel how he was discovered in his childhood as a future epic singer
Chen, Rongnu
(Beijing Language and Culture University, China)
Her-story in the Homeric Epics and the Classical Period
Gelaye, Getie
(Hamburg University, Germany)
Qärärto” and “Fukkära”:Warriors’ Songs’ and ‘Heroic Recitals’– Undocumented Poetic Traditions in Ethiopia
Lang, Ying
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
On Clan-based Inheritance and Continuity of the Kirgiz Epic Manas
Kunić, Mirsad
(University of Tuzla, Bosnia)
The Keepers of the Homeric Tradition
Funk, Dmitry
(Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
Resources of a Digital Text Corpus in Analysing Heroic Epics of the Shors
Halili, Rigels
(Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń, Poland)
Between Tradition and Modernity: A Typology of Albanian Epic Singers in Albania and Kosovo Nowadays
Huang, Qun
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Two Kinds of Darkness: A Hermeneutical Comparison of Hades between Homeric Odyssey with Plato's Phaedo
Tsering Phuntsok
(Tibetan Academy of Social Science)
Two Contributions of the Transcribed Collections of Tibetan Epic Master Singer Samdrup's Oral Performances
Li, Lianrong
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Ancestor's Song: On Tibetan Amdo Northern Gesar Epic's influence on Bard Ngagrig
Tea/ Coffee Break
Muellner, Leonard Charles
(Brandeis University, USA)
Eins ist keins, zwei ist eins, drei ist alles: A Metonymic Interpretation of the Rule of Three in Semantics, Myth, and the Comparative Study of Epic Song
Yu, Xiaofei
(Nihon University, Japan)
The Textualization of "Imakan" Narratives of the Hezhen Ethnic Group
Tuerdi, Manbaite
(Xinjiang Normal University, China)
Interaction and Mnemonics in the Process of Kirgiz Epic Singers' Performance
Tate, Aaron Phillip
(University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Diction and Tradition: Questions of Hermeneutic Scale in Oral Epic Studies
Dawut, Rahile
(Xinjiang University, China)
Documenting and Constructing Comprehensive Database of Uyghur Epic Oral Narratives (Dastan) in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China
Kerim, Abduweli
(Northwest University for Nationalities)
On Folk Singers: Acquisition and Performance among the Uygur Dastanqis
Visit the Publication Exhibition (Conference Room 3, 8F)
Lunch Time (Dining Hall, 1F)
Session 4
Session 4-A
Chair: Madis Arukask
(Conference Room 1, 8F)
Session 4-B
Chair: Mark Bender
(Conference Room 2, 8F)
Session 4-C
Chair: Ademola Omobewaji Dasylva
(Conference Room 3, 8F)
Garner, Lori
(Rhodes College)
Healing Charms, Sustainability, and the Old English Epic Tradition
Davidson, Olga Merck,
(Boston University, USA)
Indications of oral poetic traditions in a medieval Persian manuscript
Verdiyev, Vagif Sultanly
(Baku State University, Azerbaijan)
Researches on epos in Azerbaijanian Emigration Folklore Studies
Shi Yang
(Peking University)
Chanting and Healing: Oral Tradition and Witchcraft Treatment among Alangan-Mangyan People in Philippines
Bagheri, Mehri
(Tabriz University, Iran)
Interpreting the Epic Narratives by Transformational and Structural: Formulas to Display the Didactic Messages for the Community
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Oral Tradition and Heroic Epic among the Mongols and the Kazaks
Norbu Wangdan
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
From Pilgrim to Tourist: Identity Change among Gesar Epic Singers that Leads to a Potential Finalization of Oral Living Epic Tradition
Sigurdsson, Gisli
(The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, University of Iceland, Iceland)
The Medieval Eddasand Sagas of Iceland: Literary presentations of oral traditions
Huseynova, Almaz
(Baku Girls University, Azerbaijan)
The Traces of Chinese Literary-Historical Sources in “Koroghlu” epos
Guo, Xiaohong
(Qinghai University for Nationalities, China)
Research Report to Gesar Rap Morphological Case: Example from Yushu Gesar Artists’ Concert
Shi, Qin'e,
(Institute of Foreign Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China)
The Edda of Iceland in China: A History of Reception
Chen, Ganglong
(Peking University)
The Three Major Heroic Epics in China and Nomadic Civilization
Live Epic Performances: Section II (Conference Room 1, 8F)
Session 5
Session 5-A
Chair: Norbu Wangdan
(Conference Room 1, 8F)
Session 5-B
Chair: Lori Garner
 (Location: Conference Room 2, 8F)
Session 5-C
Chair: Rigels Halili
(Conference Room 3, 8F)
Kaskabassov, Seit
(M. Awezov Institute of Literature and Art, Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences, Kazakhstan)
Genre Composition of Kazakh epic
Arukask, Madis
(University of Tartu, Estonia)
From oral to written: Setu oral-derived epic
Neziri, Zymer
(Institute of Albanology of Prishtina, Albania)
The Epos of the Frontier Warriors: Albanian poetic tradition and living heritage of oral epic world
Huang, Zhongxiang
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
The Factors in Disappearance of Kazakh Epic Singers
Gao, Hehong
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Literate as Storyteller: A Study of Traditional Bearers
Scaldaferri, Nicola
(University of Milano, Italy)
Textualizing the Performance: Issues on the Albanian and Arbëresh Epic Tradition
Borisov, Andrian
(Russian Academy of Sciences Siberian Branch, the Republic of Sakha [Yakutia], Russia)
The Origin of Olonkho: Main Problems and Discussions
Díaz Alvarez, Ana
(Institute of Historical Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)
The “Histories” of Lord 8-Deer: Discourses of Legitimation Depicted on Mixtec Codices (10th-16th centuries AD)
Feng, Wenkai
(Inner Mongolia University, China)
Relations between Chinese Epic Studies and Knowledge Construction of Scholars from the Late 19th Century to Early 21th Century
Kalendero, İhsan
(Gazi University, Turkey)
The Tradition of Turkmen Bahsilik and Necepoglan Legend
Bamo, Qubumo
(Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS, China)
Approaching through Being Presence: Epic Performance and Verbal Dueling in Nuosu Mountainous Villages
Kazmi, Abbas*
(Freelance Writer, Pakistan)
Dynamics of Socio-cultural impact of Western Mythology on Kesar Epic in North Pakistan
Aly Morsi, Ahmed*
(Cairo University, Egypt)
Diversity, Creativity and Sustainability of Epic Tradition: Al-Sirah Al Hilaliyyah (Epic) As an Example
Special Event:
Discussing initiatives of setting up an international society for Epic Studies
Chair: Lauri Harvilahti
 (Conference Room 1, 8F)
Closing Remarks: Open the Floor
Chair: Chao, Gejin
 (Conference Room 1, 8F)
Monday, November 19
Breakfast Time (Dining Hall, 1F)
Before 12:00
Participants' departure



1.    The formal discussion will be divided into 6 sections, including one PLENARY SESSION and 5 PARALLEL SESSIONS with 15 PANELS in total.

2.    All PARALLEL SESSIONS will be synchronously held in the 3 Conference Rooms on the 8th Floor of Sheke Boyuan Hotel, unless the Opening Ceremony, the PLENARY SESSION, and the Concluding Remarks will be convened in Conference Room 1.

3.    The Publication Exhibition will be facilitated in Conference Room 2, and the Live Epic Performance in Conference Room 1.

4.    The PLENARY SESSION will run 4 keynote speeches in 120 minutes. Each speaker will have a maximum of 30 minutes to talk about his topic, followed by 40 minutes of general discussion on all the speeches together.

5.    With the exception of the Session 3-A, Session 3-B, and Session 3-C, each parallel session will run 4 presentations in 80 minutes. Each presenter will have a maximum of 20 minutes to talk about his or her topic, followed by 20 minutes of group discussion on all the presentations together.

6.    The Session 3-A, Session 3-B, and Session 3-C will run 6 presentations in 120 minutes. Each presenter will have a maximum of 20 minutes to talk about his or her topic, followed by 30 minutes of group discussion on all the presentations together.

7.    Since it is still uncertain how many guest speakers cannot finally come to China, the no-shows for panels are still open to update. Two presentations will be read by deputy at requests from our invited speakers who could not attend the Summit due to health status (updated on November 7). For the latest programme, please visit here.


Note: the schedule for each session depends on the following situations and the chairs have the authority to finalize the time-lag: 

(1)       4 keynote speeches × 30 minutes = 120 minutes, general discussion=40 minutes

(2)       4 presentations × 20 minutes = 80 minutes, group discussion=20 minutes

(3)       6 presentations × 20 minutes = 120 minutes, group discussion=30 minutes.