CFP: [International] Addiction and Obsession Conference

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Lisa Hall
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An International Cultural Intersections Symposium
Kingston University, UK
 9 - 11 July 2008

Is obsession all-consuming passion or pathological deviance?
Is addiction a compulsion or a choice, an irresistible lust for pleasure
or a chronic self-destructive disease? What is the relationship between
obsession, addiction and the arts?

This international interdisciplinary conference on Obsession and
Addiction aims to invite debate on representations of the emotional,
psychological and physiological states of obsession and addiction, their
causes and their consequences. Are obsession and addiction demonised,
glamorised, ridiculed or normalised? How are readers and audiences
disturbed, grabbed or ‘hooked’ as consumers? How are obsession and
addiction linked to the creative process?

We welcome proposals on Fin de Siècle, 20th and 21st century depictions
of obsession and addiction from a range of critical perspectives, and
across a range of countries and cultures, both in the mainstream and in
the fringe/underground. Panels will be grouped around shared interests
or themes in the fields of art & design, drama, film & media,
linguistics, literature and music. Topics will include but are not
limited to:

•Images of obsession and addiction: from the margins to the mainstream
•The politics of representing obsession and addiction
•Theorising obsession and addiction
•Sex, gender and ‘race’ in relation to representations of obsession and
•Obsession and addiction in relation to artists and audiences

Proposals in English (of no more than 250 words) should be submitted
online via the following page:

by 14th December 2007
Enquiries to:

Organisers: Dr. Andrea Rinke and Dr. Carrie Tarr

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