>From: Dr Rob Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Monsters and the Monstrous (UK) (5/11/07; 9/17/07-9/20/07)
>5th Global Conference
>Monsters and the Monstrous:
>Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil
>Monday 17th September - Thursday 20th September 2007
>Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
>Call for Papers
>This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to
>investigate and explore the enduring influence and imagery of monsters
>and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular,
>the project will have a dual focus with the intention of examining
>specific 'monsters' as well as assessing the role, function and
>consequences of persons, actions or events identified as 'monstrous'.
>The history and contemporary cultural influences of monsters and
>monstrous metaphors will also be examined.
>Perspectives are sought from those engaged in the fields of
>literature, media studies, cultural studies, history, anthropology,
>philosophy, psychology, sociology, health and theology. Ideas are
>welcomed from those involved in academic study, fictional
>explorations, and applied areas (e.g. youth work, criminology and
>Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues
>related to any of the following themes:
> * The "monster" through history
> * Civilization, monsters and the monstrous
> * Children, childhood, stories and monsters; monsters and parents
> * Comedy: funny monsters and/or making fun of monsters (e.g.
>Monsters Inc, the Addams Family)
> * Making monsters; monstrous births
> * Mutants and mutations
> * Technologies of the monstrous
> * Horror, fear and scare
> * Do monsters kill because they are monstrous or are they
>monstrous because they kill?
> * How critical to the definition of "monster" is death or the
>threat of death?
> * human 'monsters' and 'monstrous' acts? e.g, perverts,
>paedophiles and serial killers
> * the monstrous and gender
> * Revolution and monsters; the monstrous and politics; enemies
>(political/social/military) and monsters
> * Iconography of the monstrous
> * The popularity of the modern monsters; the Mummy, Dracula,
> * The monster in literature
> * the monstrous in popular culture: film, television, theatre,
>radio, print, internet. The monstrous and journalism
> * Religious depictions of the monstrous; the monstrous and the
> * Metaphors and the monstrous
> * the monstrous and war, war reportage / propaganda
>Papers will also be accepted which deal solely with specific monsters.
>Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts
>should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2007. If your paper is accepted
>for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be
>submitted by Friday 24th August 2007.
>300 word abstracts should be submitted to both the Organising Joint
>Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
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>The conference is part of a larger series of ongoing conferences
>entitled At the Interface, and run as a project under the auspices of
>Wickedness.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas
>and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are
>innovative and exciting.
>All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be
>published as an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented
>at this conference will be published in a hard copy themed volume.
>Three ISBN eBooks and three themed volumes are available and/or in
>press from previous meetings of this project.
>For further details about the project please visit:
>For further details about the conference please visit:
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html