31.07.2015

CfP: Monsters, Fantastical Creatures, Subaltern Life-Forms in the Sciences and Arts

Paper proposals are sought for a panel entitled Monsters, Fantastical Creatures, Subaltern Life-Forms in the Sciences and Arts at the ASECA Annual Meeting and the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society to take place in Pittsburgh, PA from March 31 to April 03, 2016.

The Enlightenment does not drive out the monsters. The Enlightenment is fascinated with the monstrous, the incredible, the deviant. At the same time, norms and boundaries of the animate world and of anthropology are negotiated within these deviations: What is human, what is animal? What is culture, what is nature? What is healthy, what is sick? What is male, what is female? What is beautiful and what is ugly? By describing, examining, dissecting, categorizing and classifying the deviation, it becomes the focus of the sciences as well as the fine arts. Yet its defining factor is its inconceivability.
The planned panel examines the dialogue between a "scientific facticity of deviance" and the portrayal in the arts. How is the idea of deviant or mastered nature reflected in artistic representations, what other images of the monstrous, such as disgust or fascination with the scary and unexplainable, are produced in the arts and contrasted with the "enlightened monsters"? 

Contributions from perspectives of art history, musicology, literature and history of science are welcome. Please send 300-word proposals for 15-minutes papers (via email: julian.heigel@web.de AND silke.foerschler@uni-kassel.de ) no later than 15 September 2015. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. You should also let the session chair know of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests. We actively encourage presentations by younger and untenured scholars. 

All participants must be members in good standing of ASECS, ECSSS (designated sessions) or a constituent society of ISECS. Membership must be current by November 1 in order to be printed in the program and to receive pre-registration materials. Those members of constituent societies of ISECS MUST furnish a snail mail address to asecs@wfu.edu to receive pre-registration materials.

Contact:
Silke Förschler 
LOEWE-Forschungsschwerpunkt "Tier-Mensch-Gesellschaft" 
Universität Kassel
Mosenthalstr. 8
34109 Kassel
Germany


30.07.2015

CfP: Victorian Brain

Article submissions are sought for the 11th issue (Summer 2016) of Victorian Network on the Victorian Brain.
 
Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate and early career work across the broad field of Victorian Studies. We are delighted to announce that our eleventh issue (Summer 2016) will be guest edited by Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), on the theme of the Victorian Brain.

CfP: Postmodern Gods and Monsters

Paper proposals are invited for a roundtable on Postmodern Gods and Monsters: Gender, Sexuality, Power at the Northeast Modern Language Association 2016 Conference, to take place from March 17 to 20, 2016 in Hartford, Connecticut.
 
The postmodern god figure has been a staple of postmodern art at the very least since John Barth published Lost in the Funhouse, in which the god figure, both author and father, was simultaneously characterized as asleep, malevolent, kind, and/or insane. As this figure has penetrated popular culture, s/he has become more and more linked to investigations of gender and sexuality. These “god” figures strive to control the lives of others (e.g. Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, Tyler Durden in Fight Club, Kaiser Soze in The Usual Suspects). These puppet masters often work behind the scenes, exploiting the margins of society for either personal or social gain. They are usually human and sometimes benevolent or at least well-intentioned; more often they are monstrous figures who are eventually revealed as at best criminal or at worst insane. Still, the postmodern god/monster often forces readers/viewers to assess cultural definitions of gender and sexuality by depicting how the manipulation of gender and/or sexuality can facilitate one’s use (abuse) of power. Given that many scholars currently debate whether we even remain in a postmodern culture, it would seem timely to investigate this staple figure or postmodern culture and the commentaries about gender/sexuality that this figure offers.
This roundtable seeks proposals that will explore the postmodern god figure and its commentary about gender, sexuality, and power. Presentations may examine any area of contemporary culture (literature, film, television, video game, etc).
Abstracts due by Sept. 30 2015. In order to submit an abstract, you must use the following link, login, and follow the directions for submitting a proposal: http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/15590

via UPenn

26.07.2015

Conf: IGA 2015 Gothic Migrations

The 12th biennuel conference of the International Gothic Association focuses on "Gothic Migrations" and will take place Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada on 28 July - Aug 1, 2015.

CfP: A Critical Companion to Tim Burton

Paper proposals are sought for an anthology on Tim Burton's oeuvre, edited by Prof. Adam Barkman and Dr. Antonio Sanna.

CfP: The Weird & the Southern Imaginary

Article proposals are invited for a collection on The Weird and the Southern Imaginary, edited by Travis Rozier (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz) and Bob Hodges (University of Washington)

Keynote: The Weird & the Southern Imaginary will introduce the aesthetics and generic conventions of the Weird to cultural studies of the U.S. South and the region’s local, hemispheric, and (inter)national connections. Contributions from literary critics, film and popular culture scholars, philosophers, and critical theorists will consider forms of the Weird in a range of texts (literature, art, film & television, comics, music) from, about, or resonant with conceptions of different South(s).

17.07.2015

CfP: What Is Queer About Horror?

Paper proposals are invited for the panel "What is Queer About Horror?" at the conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies to take place in Atlanta GA, from March 30 - April 3rd, 2016.