Making Monsters: Figures of Monstrosity in Literature, Culture and Identity

deadline for submissions: 
January 4, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Rutgers University-Camden English Graduate Student Association

Making Monsters: Figures of Monstrosity in Literature, Culture and Identity

Rutgers University–Camden EGSA Graduate Conference, April 6th 2019

What makes a monster? Scholars have long written that monstrosity is the grotesque offspring of anxiety. Where our fears lie, there our monsters rise. While conventional monsters still abound (e.g., the vampires in What We Do in the Shadows or the zombies in Ravenous) they have also taken on new shapes (e.g., the grief monster in The Babadookor the sexually transmitted supernatural force in It Follows),reflectingold,newandever-changingfearsandanxietiesinourworld.Thisconference seeks to interrogate the figure of the monster and the concept of monstrosity. We welcome papers and presentations that explore monsters in their many forms and definitions.

Please submit your proposals of approximately 250words to egsaconference2019@gmail.comby Friday, January 4th. Remove any identifying information from the attachment and include your name, affiliated institution, area of study, and contact information in the body of your email.


Theoretical—including but not limited to post/trans/nonhuman studies Creative works
Childhood Studies
Film Studies
Disability Studies
Cultural Studies

Topics may include, but are, of course, not limited to:

Representations of the monster in art/literature Depictions of the Other as monstrous Cyborgs, robots, aliens
Spectacle, Freakshow, etc.

Transgressive subjects
Medical monsters
Viruses, parasites, pathology
The monster in pop-culture
Remaking the monster
Monsters for children (e.g., Hotel Transylvania) Monstrous children and childhoods

True crime / serial killers
Cryptozoology (Bigfoot, The Jersey Devil, etc.) Monsters in science-fiction
Histories of the monster
Feminist approaches to the monster Queerness and monstrosity
Masculinity and monstrosity
Monstrous politics