UPDATE: [International] Obsession and Addiction Conference, 9 - 11 July 2008

full name / name of organization: 
Lisa Hall
contact email: 
L.Hall@Kingston.ac.uk

* OBSESSION AND ADDICTION *

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 invites 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, 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 addiction

• Obsession and addiction in relation to artists or audiences

WE WOULD WELCOME ADDITIONAL PROPOSALS FROM MECCSA and ArtHist MEMBERS

Proposals in English (of no more than 250 words) should be submitted
online via the following page:
http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/conferences/apply/index.shtml

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 31st January 2008
Enquiries to: fass-conferences_at_kingston.ac.uk

Organisers: Dr Andrea Rinke and Dr Carrie Tarr,
School of Performance and Screen Studies, Kingston University, UK

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