Call For Papers: Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture

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 →

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CFP: Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television

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 →

CFP: Shakespeare in Modern Popular Culture

International Symposium – Arras, Université d’Artois, FRANCE – June 15-17, 2016 Convenors : Guillaume Winter (Université d’Artois), Vincent Roger (Institut Catholique de Lille), Julie Assouly (Université d’Artois). Symposium organized by Textes & Cultures (Université d’Artois, EA 4028) and Laboratoire Pluridisciplinaire des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (Institut Catholique de Lille), under the aegis... Continue Reading →

CFP: “Let’s Hear It For The Girls”: Girlhood, Media and Popular Culture, 1990-present

Saturday 12th March 2016 - University of Warwick From Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted (1993) and Anita Harris’s All About the Girl: Culture, Power, and Identity(2004) to the Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) and Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games’ ‘Girl on Fire’ – this brief list indicates the areas (literature, academia, television and film) into which the... Continue Reading →

CFP: Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga

Chapter proposals for the next edition in the Fan Phenomena series, "Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga" are still being sought in several key areas. The Fan Phenomena books explore the greatest pop culture stories of our time. The Twilight Saga’s enduring popularity in literature, movies, graphic novels and short films makes it the perfect addition... 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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