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>Subject: CFP: Monsters and the Monstrous (UK) (6/2/06; 9/18/06-9/21/06)
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>4th Global Conference
>Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil
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>Monday 18th September - Thursday 21st September 2006
>Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
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>Call for Papers
>(please cross post where appropriate)
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>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.
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>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 
>medicine).
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>Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on 
>issues related to any of the following themes:
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>     * 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, 
>Frankenstein, Vampires
>     * 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 
>supernatural
>     * Metaphors and the monstrous
>     * the monstrous and war, war reportage / propaganda
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>Papers will also be accepted which deal solely with specific monsters.
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>Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts 
>should be submitted by Friday 2nd June 2006. If your paper is 
>accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper 
>should be submitted by Friday 1st September 2006.
>
>300 word abstracts should be submitted to both the Organising Joint 
>Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
>
>Rob Fisher
>Wickedness Net
>Freeland, Oxfordshire
>United Kingdom
>E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
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>Stephen Morris
>Independent Scholar
>New York, USA
>USA
>E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
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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. Two 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:
>http://www.wickedness.net/Monsters/monsters.htm
>
>For further details about the conference, please visit:
>http://www.wickedness.net/Monsters/M4/cfp.html

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