CfP: Disgust

The University of Kent invites proposals for contributions to a conference on Disgust, to take place from May, 29–30 2015.

Disgust has received growing critical attention among researchers and university scholars in fields as varied as literature, philosophy of art, biology, psychology or gender studies. With the neurosciences increasingly gaining attention from the humanities for their project of explaining cognitive states and processes with reference to the material brain, it is opportune to reflect upon those experiences which strike the pit of the stomach before the head. Disgust seems to shock the viscera directly. It is considered by biology as an emotion rooted in evolution, an instinct serving to prevent our species from touching harmful substances.


CfP: Alice through the Ages

The University of Cambridge will host s conference to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The conference will take place on 15th-17th September 2015 and is entitled:
Alice through the Ages: The 150th Anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2015. Lewis Carroll famously opens his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with his protagonist “burning with curiosity”, which leads Alice to follow the White Rabbit into an alternative reality. That same sense of curiosity has circulated about Wonderland since the book was first published. This conference aims to offer new understandings of the work by re-evaluating long held truisms, subjecting the text to new theoretical approaches and considering the history of adaptation and its uses in popular culture.
We invite innovative papers on Lewis Carroll from established scholars as well as new voices in the field, and those whose research focuses on cognate fields. We are especially interested in papers focused on the book’s initial production context, including Carroll’s biography and sources and influences; papers that interrogate and problematise some of the longstanding truisms associated with the text, such as its place at the start of the fantasy tradition for children and the relationship between author and illustrator; papers that examine how text and author have been read in terms of cultural studies, the history of science, the medical humanities, and the politics of literature; and papers considering adaptation and the powerful influence Wonderland has had on design and style.
Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Dame Gillian Beer, Professor Jan Susina and Dr Kiera Vaclavik.

300 word proposals for 20-minute papers or 60-90 minute panel sessions should be submitted by 31st January 2015. We also invite poster presentations, exhibits, performances and any activities inspired by the Alice novels
For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact Professor Maria Nikolajeva mn351@cam.ac.uk or Dr Zoe Jaques, zj216@cam.ac.uk.

via Univ. of Pennsylvania


CfP: The Company of Wolves

OGOM: ‘The Company of Wolves’: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Literary and Cultural Narratives—Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans
Conference, University of Hertfordshire
Sept 3rd-5th 2015



CfP: Das Wunderbare

Interdisziplinären Konferenz "'Das Wunderbare'. Dimensionen eines Phänomens in Kunst und Kultur"
Saarbrücken, Universität des Saarlandes, Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft/Medienwissenschaft, 23. - 25.07.2015 
Deadline: Jan 11, 2015
Konzept/Kontakt: PD Dr. Uwe Durst u. J.-Prof. Dr. habil. Stefanie Kreuzer

Ausführlicher Call und nähere Informationen unter: www.stefaniekreuzer.de/07_aktuelles_Wunderbares.html

In der westlichen Kultur tritt das Wunderbare unter zahlreichen Begriffen in Erscheinung, beispielsweise als das Übernatürliche, Magische, Mythische, Irrationale, Phantastische, Okkulte oder Paranormale. Im Rahmen der geplanten Konferenz sollen Erscheinungsformen, Konzeptionen und Funktionsaspekte des Wunderbaren interdisziplinär untersucht und miteinander kontrastiert werden. Es ist zu fragen: In welchem Verhältnis steht das Wunderbare zu den Künsten und zur Kultur, zu Geistes- und Naturwissenschaften? Ausgehend von diesen Leitfragen wird heuristisch differenziert zwischen (a) speziellen ästhetischen Erscheinungsformen des Wunderbaren in den Künsten (Literatur, Theater, Film, bildende Kunst etc.) und (b) Aspekten des Wunderbaren in anderen Bereichen der Kultur (Sprache, Religion, Geschichte, Politik, Soziologie, Psychologie, Medizin etc.).

CfP: Locating Fantastika

Locating Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015, Lancaster University

Following the success of Visualising Fantastika in 2014, Lancaster University invites all academics with an interest in the field to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. “Fantastika”, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The theme for 2015, “Locating Fantastika,” explores all areas of space, setting, and locations, either in the fictional world of fantastika or in fantastical networks with the real world.


Neuerscheinung: Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 5/2/14

in eigener Sache:

Die neue Ausgabe der Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (ZMK, 5/2/14), herausgegeben von Lorenz Engell und Bernhard Siegert, ist soeben erschienen. Neben anderen wunderbaren Texten findet sich in der Rubrik "Archiv" ein zum ersten Mal ins Deutsche übersetzter Artikel von Georges Méliès zu seinem Zaubertheater, das er zwischen 1888 und 1914 in Paris betrieb. Der Text erschien 1928 unter dem Titel "Le Théâtre Robert-Houdin (1845-1925)" in vier Teilen in der französischen Zauberzeitschrift Passez muscade. Journal des prestidigitateurs (amateurs et professionnels), in der ich ihn während meiner Recherchen in der Bibliothèque nationale de France gesichtet habe. Für die ZMK hat ihn Antonia von Schöning übersetzt, ich habe einen Kommentar dazu beigesteuert, der sich mit Méliès als Zauberkünstler und Zaubertheaterdirektor befasst.
Die ZMK kann beim Felix Meiner Verlag erworben werden.


CfP: Journal of Dracula Studies

The Journal of Dracula Studies invites manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following:
  • Bram Stoker
  • the novel Dracula
  • the historical Dracula
  • the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail.
Please follow the 2009 updated MLA style.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field.
Copyright for published articles remains with the author.
Submissions must be received no later than May 1, 2015, in order to be considered for the 2015 issue.
Send electronic submissions to journalofdraculastudies@kutztown.edu
Contact: Dr. Curt Herr or Dr. Anne DeLong