CFP Monster - Poetry in the Age of Terror (8/25/11-8/26/12, DEADLINE 5/30/12)

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Helsinki Poetics Conference

We invite proposals for papers, readings and other performances from scholars, writers and artists to be delivered in the 2012 Helsinki Poetics Conference.

The theme for the 2012 Helsinki Poetics Conference is "Monster - Poetry in the Age of Terror". Attendees of the Conference are called upon to study, recall or document the many literary and real monsters that plague our time as well as the times before us and beyond us. We invite you to explain mythological, political, science fictional, fantastic, psychological, poetic, abstract and concrete monstrosity and the many appearances and polysemous forms of the monstrous in cultural history, such as nameless horrors, elder gods, dictators, tyrants, giants, trolls, nightmares, pedophiles, terrorists and serial killers. What is the literary and philosophical purport of these beings and modes of being? What is the political, juridical, or historical meaning behind the many different monsters in poetry, religion, fiction and folklore? How should artists deal with them?

We welcome contributions from scholars, writers, publishers and literary activists or other artists engaged in these questions in one way or another. Presentations can utilize approaches in any relevant field, such as the study of religion, anthropology, folklore, cultural studies, or literary theory and poetics; they can range from academic presentations to performances and readings or personal testimonials.

As always, we are especially keen on seeing any relevant concepts, works, authors, cultural formations and theories analyzed beyond the confines of the US and Europe. The length of the presentations will be 15 minutes with about 10 minutes for discussion per paper. The languages of the Conference are English, Finnish and Swedish.

The Helsinki Poetics Conference is an international and interdisciplinary conference for poets, writers, literary scholars and other interested professionals which takes place in Helsinki, Finland. The eighth annual conference will be held on 25–26 August, 2012.

The conference is a part of the Helsinki Poetry Month, an international poetry festival organized by various Finnish cultural organizations in collaboration with the Helsinki Festival, the largest arts festival in Finland. The conference is organized by the poetry organization Nihil Interit in collaboration with the Annantalo Art Center, Nuoren Voiman Liitto and the Finnish Literary Research Society.

Proposals (max. 500 words) are to be submitted to the organizing committee at

The deadline for paper proposals is 30.5.2012

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