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This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to investigate
and explore the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the
monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the project
will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific â€˜monstersâ€™
as well as assessing the role, function and consequences of persons,
actions or events identified as â€˜monstrousâ€™. The history and contemporary
cultural influences of monsters and monstrous metaphors will also be examined.
Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues
related to any of the following themes:
* The â€œmonsterâ€ through history
* Civilization, monsters and the monstrous
* Children, childhood, stories and monsters
* Comedy: funny monsters and/or making fun of monsters (e.g. Monsters
Inc, the Addams Family)
* Making monsters; monstrous births, childhood
* Mutants and mutations and freaks
* Technologies of the monstrous
* Horror, fear and scare
* Do monsters kill because they are monstrous or are they monstrous
because they kill?
* How critical to the definition of â€œmonsterâ€ is death or the threat of
* Human â€˜monstersâ€™ and â€˜monstrousâ€™ acts? e.g, perverts, paedophiles and
* Revolution and monsters
* Enemies (political/social/military) and monsters
* Iconography of the monstrous
* The popularity of the modern monsters; the Mummy, Dracula,
Frankenstein, Vampires, Cannibals
* The monster in literature
* The monster in media (television, cinema, radio, internet)
* Religious depictions of the monstrous
* Metaphors and the monstrous
* The problematic attraction and admiration of monsters
* Gothic Monsters
Papers will be accepted which deal solely with specific monsters.
Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged.
The 2009 meeting of Monsters will run alongside our project on Madness -
Probing the Boundaries and we anticipate holding sessions in common between
the two projects. We welcome any papers considering the problems or
addressing issues of Monsters and Madness for joint project sessions.
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should
be submitted by Friday 17th April 2009. If an abstract is accepted for the
conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 7th August 2009.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts
may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special
formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We
acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do
not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive
your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look
for an alternative electronic route or resend.
* Sorcha Ni Fhlainn
School of English, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
E-mail: Sorcha Ni Fhlainn
* Rob Fisher
Network Founder & Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net
E-mail: Rob Fisher
* Stephen Morris
New York, USA
E-mail: Stephen Morris
The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas
and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are
innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this
conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers
may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy
volume. Some papers may also be invited for inclusion in the Journal of
Monsters and the Monstrous.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are
not in a position at this present time to be able to assist with conference
travel or subsistence.
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