Registration for Company of Wolves now open

Registration has now opened for the Company of Wolves conference. Taking place at the University of Hertfordshire from the 3rd-5th September, the conference features plenary  presentations from Sam George, Neil Jordan, Catherine Spooner, Stacey Abbott, Marcus Sedgwick, Bill Hughes, Garry Martin and Christopher Frayling. I'm presenting some new research on the figure of the hybrid... Continue Reading →

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CFP: Re-thinking Boundaries in the Study of Religion and Politics

Re-thinking Boundaries in the Study of Religion and Politics 11-12 September 2015, Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen A common approach to the study of religion and politics frames the inquiry using boundaries. Such boundaries include religion/secular, private/public, belief/practice and theism/atheism, to name just a few. It may be argued that these categorisations are analytically useful in... Continue Reading →

CFP: Murder: Moral Panic, Mythos, Modernity

Call for Presentations for the . I can highly recommend IDN conferences and workshops. They are genuinely interdisciplinary and you will find yourself discussing your research with people from very different disciplinary perspectives, as well as those closer to home. The ethos is discussion and exchange of ideas and they rarely run parallel panels. I was lucky enough to... Continue Reading →

CFP Company of Wolves: only ten days left to submit and actually walk with wolves!!

A timely reminder if, like me, you’re planning on submitting an abstract for the ‘Company of Wolves’ conference at the University of Hertfordshire and haven’t yet.

I’m going with shapeshifting, hybridity and social change. How about you?

Open Graves, Open Minds

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Following my post yesterday where I lamented the last wolf and talked about Maggie Stiefvater’s ‘Wolves of Mercy Falls’  Shiver books, Radio 4 today featured a discussion of this very topic – in a moment of surprising serendipity. Again, this burst of awareness is extremely timely for our Company of Wolves Conference.

In The Last Wolf Tom Holland meets up with one of Britain’s leading conservation writers Jim Crumley at Stirling castle to discuss the myth of the last wolf.
The symbol of Stirling is a wolf and this refers to a story where the howl of a wolf alerted local people to a Viking raid is the 9th or 10th century. But, after this there are few stories of wolves doing humans a good turn. Invariably, the wolf is ‘bad’ a danger to livestock and children. So much so that Edward 1st paid a bounty to have the wold…

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CFP: Hammer Film Productions: A Laboratory for Modern Horror

June 10-12, 2015. Organizing committee: Gilles Menegaldo, Université de Poitiers, gilles.menegaldo@univ-poitiers.fr ; Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris, Université Paris Ouest,, apaquet-deyris@u-paris10.fr, Mélanie Boissonneau, Université Paris 3/IRCAV, boissonneau.m@gmail.com Venues: Wednesday 10 June : Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, Thursday 11 June : Université Paris 3- Sorbonne Nouvelle, Censier Center, Friday 12 June: Cité Internationale, Fondation Lucien Paye The recent re-edition... Continue Reading →

CFP: Romantic Imprints

Proposals are invited for the 2015 British Association for Romantic Studies international conference which will be held at Cardiff University, Wales (UK) on 16–19 July 2015. The theme of the interdisciplinary conference is Romantic Imprints, broadly understood to include the various literary, cultural, historical and political manifestations of Romantic print culture across Europe, the Americas... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

OGOM Company of Wolves CFP – Beyond excited to announce this!

Way back in the mists of time, before I started my PhD, I attended a conference at the University of Hertfordshire called Open Graves, Open Minds. I gave a paper on the monstrous female in the Twilight series, ate lunch from a coffin, bought many books and made some friends for life. The Open Graves, Open Minds project has launched the CFP for it’s next conference,The Company of Wolves, and I can’t wait.

Open Graves, Open Minds

Conference, University of Hertfordshire, Sept 3rd-5th 2015: Call for Papers and Panels

OGOM: ‘The Company of Wolves’: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Literary and Cultural Narratives—Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans

doreWolves have long been the archetypal enemy of human company, preying on the unguarded boundaries of civilisation, threatening the pastoral of ideal sociality and figuring as sexual predators. Yet, in their way, with their complex pack interactions, they have served as a model for society. Lately, this ancient enemy has been rehabilitated and reappraised, and rewilding projects have attempted to admit them more closely into our lives.

Our company with wolves has inspired fiction from Ovid, through Perrault and the Grimms’ narrators, to Bram Stoker and Kipling; and, more recently, to Angela Carter, Neil Jordan, Anne Rice, Marcus Sedgwick and Glen Duncan.

The Open Graves, Open Minds Project was initiated in 2010 with the Vampires and the Undead in Modern…

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