Uncanny Animations

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Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural
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Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, invites submissions for the special issue, "Uncanny Animations," guest-edited by Prof. Elina Gertsman.

We seek essays that offer inquiry into the agentic potential—depicted, imagined, described, and perceived—of medieval animate or animated objects. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the ontology of living images; miracle stories that focus on image enlivening; visual and literary histories of automata; articulated objects used in devotional performances; agency of relics and reliquaries; and discourses of iconoclasm that target the living nature of images. The editor welcomes essays that are
interdisciplinary in nature; submissions from scholars working on Byzantine and Islamic material are especially encouraged.

Contributions should be 8,000 - 12,000 words, including all documentation and critical apparatus. If accepted for publication, manuscripts will be required to adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (style 1, employing endnotes).

The title of proposed contributions, a brief abstract, and a CV, should be e-mailed to elina.gertsman@case.edu by April 15, 2014.

Complete papers must be submitted through Preternature's Content Management System at http://preternature.org by June 15, 2014.

Queries about the journal should be made to the Editor, Dr. Kirsten C. Uszkalo (Kirsten@uszkalo.com)

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work!

Dr. Kirsten C. Uszkalo