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Devils and Dolls: Dichotomous Depictions of 'The Child' (27th March 2013)
full name / name of organization:
Jen Baker / University of Bristol
Devils and Dolls: Dichotomous Depictions of ‘The Child’
Wednesday 27 March 2013
Confirmed plenary speaker: Professor George Rousseau, (Magdalen College, University of Oxford)
Second plenary to be confirmed.
An inter-disciplinary conference open to both postgraduates and academics at any stage of their career, seeking to examine the contrasting images and representations of children as angels or devils, innocent or evil, light or dark in fiction and culture. Why are children offered little dimension in representations? What is the significance of representing the child either as innocent or evil – to both the originating discourse and in a wider context? Is such polarization detrimental to our understanding of what it means to be a child and how we respond to real children?
The “humanities” is intended as a fluid term; depictions from any period of history, any social or cultural context, fictional or media representations are encompassed. In light of this, submissions are invited from a range of disciplines and topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, depictions of the child as:
• A devil, demon, monster, wicked/sinful (for instance Heathcliff, Damien from The Omen, the child Sir Gowther)
We invite abstracts of 250-300 words for 20 minute (previously unpublished) papers, sent in Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 31st August 2012 with the “subject” of the email as ‘Devils and Dolls abstract submission’.
Please ensure your abstract appears in the following format:
All abstracts will be acknowledged by email receipt, and you should therefore receive an acknowledgement within 5 working days.
Once the deadline has passed, a panel will review the abstracts anonymously and a draft conference plan will be constructed. We will reply to all submissions to offer both a decision and some feedback. If your paper is not selected at this time, we hope you are still able to attend the conference and contribute to the discussion.
Some papers may be selected to comprise a collection of essays in the first edition of the Bristol Journal of HARTS following the conference.
Conference organisational committee:
contact email: email@example.com