Call for Papers: Censorship and Deviance

5 July 2013, University of St Andrews, Scotland

Confirmed keynote address: ‘Deviant Critics/Literary Censors: Unexpected Tales from the Archive’ by Professor Peter McDonald (St Hugh’s, Oxford).

Deadline for abstracts: Thursday 31st January 2012

Throughout history expressions of artistic thought have been censored, both on a personal and public level, to fit in with an idealised notion of cultural ‘normality’. Cultural expression of censorship has taken many forms, from self-imposed censorship to widespread state sanctions against freedom of the press. As a reaction to having their creativity and personal expression stifled, artists and thinkers have attempted to subvert this control, deviating from an imposed status quo. From the banning of Galileo’s books by the Vatican for heresy to the current ban in the United Kingdom of the 2009 film Grotesque, our interdisciplinary postgraduate conference will look at the reasons behind censorship and the ways in which it continues to function in society today. It seeks to address the cultural consequences of censorship in all its permutations, in the fields of English, classics, film studies, art history, history, philosophy and modern languages.

We welcome abstracts from postgraduates on a variety of topics including but not limited to:

•         Deviance as a spectrum or a state

•         Self-censorship in autobiography

•         The canon’s construction and subversion

•         Deviant humour and humorous deviance

•         Taboos and self-censorship

•         Apolitical censorship

•         Temporal normalisation of deviance

•         Minority narratives

•         Deviance as political expression

•         The visual aesthetics of sedition

•         Religious censorship

•         The role of the subaltern

All papers must be in English and must be no longer than twenty minutes in duration. Please submit an abstract of no longer than 300 words to  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> no later than 31st January 2013. For more information, please see our website:

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