Call for Papers for the Inaugural Session of the Monsters and the Monstrous Area

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Michael Torregrossa / Monsters and the Monstrous Area of the Northeast Popular & American Culture Association

Call for Papers for the Inaugural Session of the Monsters and the Monstrous Area

2019 Conference of the Northeast Popular & American Culture Association (NEPCA)

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH, Friday, 15 November, - Saturday, 16 November

Proposals due by 15 June 2019

The Monsters and the Monstrous Area welcomes proposals that investigate any of the things, whether mundane or marvelous, that scare us. Through our sessions, we hope to pioneer fresh explorations into the darker sides of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not restricted to, aspects of fairy tale, fantasy, gothic, horror, legend, mythology, and science fiction) by illuminating how creative artists have both formed and transformed our notions of monsters within these sub-traditions in texts from various countries, time periods, and media and for audiences at all levels. Our primary goal is to foster a better understating of monsters in general and to examine their impact on those that receive their stories as well as on the world at large. However, as a component of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association, the Monsters and the Monstrous Area is also especially interested in celebrating both the New England Gothic tradition and the life, works, and legacy of H. P. Lovecraft, a leading proponent of Weird Fiction and an immense influence on contemporary popular culture.

Please submit paper proposals through NEPCA’s Google form accessible from https://nepca.blog/conference/. Submissions should comprise the presenter’s personal information (including email, full name, home address, telephone, academic affiliation [if one], and scholarly rank [if relevant], and a short bio of 50-200 words) AND paper information (including a working title of no more than 60 characters and proposal/abstract of no more than 250 words). Do be sure to select “Monsters and the Monstrous Area” as your designated Subject Area.

Please address any inquiries about submissions to the area chair, Michael A. Torregrossa, at popular.preternaturaliana@gmail.com.

The Monsters and the Monstrous Area is affiliated with the Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic, which maintains three websites that might be of interest to potential presenters. They are Northeast Fantastic (https://northeastfantastic.blogspot.com/), Popular Preternaturaliana: Studying the Monstrous in Popular Culture (https://popularpreternaturaliana.blogspot.com/), and Frankenstein and the Fantastic (https://frankensteinandthefantastic.blogspot.com/).  

NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects. Further details on the organization can be found at their website: https://nepca.blog/.