7th Global Conference:Fear, Horror and Terror (September 2013: Oxford, United Kingdom)

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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

7th Global Conference
Fear, Horror and Terror

Thursday 5th September – Saturday 7th September 2013
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues which lie at the interface of fear, horror and terror. In particular the project is interested in investigating the various contexts of fear, horror and terror, and assessing issues surrounding the artistic, cinematic, literary, moral, social, (geo) political, philosophical, psychological and religious significance of them, both individually and together. We seek to explore the role and consequences of fear, horror and terror and how society, people or groups manage and control fear, horror or terror.

We invite proposals on any area related to the conference purpose and encourage creative and challenging presentations. In addition to academic analysis, we welcome the submission of case studies or other approaches from those involved with its practice, such as people in religious orders, therapists, victims of events which have been provoked by experiences of fear, horror and terror – for example, lawyers or others involved with law enforcement, medical practitioners, or fiction authors whose work aims to evoke these reactions.

Presentations, papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. About Fear, Horror and Terror
-Definitions, interdisciplinary studies, cross cultural comparisons
-Comparison with other emotions/experiences
-Institutions, constructions, and deconstructions of fear, horror and terror
-Theories for studying fear, horror or terror: social, political, sociological, literary, architecture, legal, scientific, artists, philosophical and any others

2. The Contexts of Fear, Horror and Terror
- case studies
- professions dealing with the Fear, Horror and Terror (Therapists, Clergy, Lawyers, Law enforcement etc.)
- creating and experiencing fear, horror and terror
- the properties, language, meaning or significance of fear, horror and terror

3. At the Interface of Fear, Horror and Terror
- the role of fear, horror and terror
- emotional releases (pleasant or negative) achieved by fear, horror and terror
- techniques, marketing, consumption and management of fear, horror and terror
- recreational or aesthetic fear, horror and terror
- the temperature, sound, smell, sight or feel of fear, horror and terror
-silence as a strategic subversion of the operation of fear, horror and terror
-fear, horror and terror and the visible/invisible
-work, law, government policy, accounting or human resources and fear, horror or terror

4. Representations of Fear, Horror and Terror and:
- the imagination or the sublime
- art, cinema, theatre, media and the creative arts
-survival horror video games
- literature (including children's stories)
- the other
- hope and despair
- relations to anxiety, disgust, dread, loathing
- hope and the future
- the sublime

5. Relationships with Fear, Horror and Terror:
-use of space, tools, architecture, outer space and rural/urban settings
-militarisation, control and fear
- rituals, ceremonies, performances and fear, horror and terror in everyday life or fiction/art
-weapons, engineering and technology

Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 22nd March 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 21st June 2013. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: FHT7 Abstract Submission

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.

Organising Chairs

Shona Hill & Shilinka Smith: shs@inter-disciplinary.net
Rob Fisher: fht7@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the 'At the Interface' series of research projects. 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.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.