Saturday 3rd June 2017, York St John University This one-day conference will explore the figure of the monster in transnational popular culture, across cinema, television, games, comics and literature, as well as through fandoms attached to global monster cultures. It is our intention to bring together researchers to consider how transnational monstrosity is constructed, represented... Continue Reading →
I've neglected the blog somewhat while I've been in post-submission/pre-Viva limbo. This is mostly because I was lucky enough to be able to switch to full time hours just as I submitted. While I'm still waiting on the Viva, I have kept my hand in academically witch conferences, seminars and academic discussions on social media and... Continue Reading →
Looking for papers for an essay collection on the MTV television show Teen Wolf, with an emphasis on the most recent seasons. This volume aims to discuss Teen Wolf in the context of popular and literary culture, historical analysis, and academic theory, though other approaches are also welcome. Suggested topics include, but are not limited... Continue Reading →
Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television Cristina Artenie (Universitas Press) and Ashley Szanter (Weber State University) Starting from the premise that monsters/monstrosity allow for the (dis)placement of anxieties that contemporary social mores do not otherwise sanction in the public space, editors Artenie and Szanter seek original essays for an edited collection on manifestations... Continue Reading →
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.
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
Wolves 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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Personally I'd have numbers 10, 9 and 4 much higher up the list but this is the perfect Valentines list for those of us who love the monstrous, the non-human and the other. Can you think of any other couples that you would put on your list? Top 10 Non-Human Couples.
Mechanisms of Monstrosity Friday 25th July – Sunday 27th July 2014 Mansfield College, Oxford This years Monsters and the Monstrous conference will focus on the mechanisms of monstrosity itself and the forms of othering and difference that cause a society, a culture and a historical moment to label someone or something as monstrous. As such, whilst iconic... Continue Reading →
Earlier in the year I saw a CFP for a graduate and early career researcher interdisciplinary discussion group at King’s College London. This was, as I'm sure you have deduced from the title of this post, the Bering Non/Human discussion group. So far I haven't been able to attend, as I've been down South either just... Continue Reading →
The call is now open for the HEA’s third annual Arts and Humanities conference, Heroes and Monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the Arts and Humanities, at The Lowry, Salford Quays, 2 – 4 June 2014. Heroes and Monsters invites delegates to explore the everyday business of learning and teaching through metaphor and... Continue Reading →