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MONSTROUS MEDIA / SPECTRAL SUBJECTS
INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC ASSOCIATION 9th BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
21st â€“ 24th JULY 2009
SESSION CALL FOR PAPERS
MONSTROUS HYBRIDS: GOTHIC / SCIENCE FICTION
>From Frankenstein to The Ghosts of Mars, Gothic and Science Fiction modes
have always mixed, merged, overlapped and doubled eachother. This session
invites papers that explore the boundaries between the two modes and
their productive interactions. Sharing technologies of creation and
representation, ideologies of otherness and the uncanny, psychologies of
paranoia and psychosis, and tropes of anachronism and repetition, they
share also a mixed progeny of texts and concerns. How have these texts
(in literature, film, television, art, fashion and music) encountered,
explored, and engaged with interminglings of Gothic and Science Fiction?
How do we read texts, technologies and historical moments that constitute
points of exchange between them? What new imaginings and possibilities of
monstrous media and spectral subjectivities do Gothic and Science Fiction
offer each other?
Areas for consideration might include (but are not restricted to):
â€¢ forms and effects of generic blurring, merging and confusion in
specific Gothic / SF texts, traditions and media;
â€¢ â€˜the unknowability thesisâ€™ (Jameson), the uncanny, and shared
epistemological problems in Gothic and SF;
â€¢ Gothic / SF technologies, biologies and ideologies;
â€¢ Gothic / SF bodies, genders, becomings and othernesses;
â€¢ Gothic / SF crossovers in subcultures, fads, histories,
â€¢ Divergent or convergent tropes of dystopic vision, disaster and
apocalypse in Gothic / SF traditions.
Proposals (250 words) are invited for papers or presentations (20
minutes) that offer critical and theoretical readings to develop
understandings of the relations between Gothic and Science Fiction.
Submission deadline 5th January 2009.
Please contact John Sears at J.Sears_at_mmu.ac.uk
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