2nd Global Conference: Evil, Women and the Feminine (May 2010: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference

Evil, Women and the Feminine

Monday 3rd May 2010 – Wednesday 5th May 2010

Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers

Continuing from last year's successful project launch, this
inter-disciplinary conference seeks to examine issues surrounding the
conjunction between evil and the feminine. In many cultures women have
been long suspected as the source of sundry human miseries, however
basic to society they may be. At the same time as ideals of purity and
dedication to family have been exalted and feminine beauty lauded, women
have been viewed as embodying sinister forces of evil. Mistrusted as
seductive and beguiling, women are also often thought of as vengeful,
manipulative and even malevolent. In grappling with our understanding of
what it is to be 'evil', the project aims to shine a spotlight on this
dark area of the human condition and explore the possible sources of the
fear and resentment of women.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues
related to the following themes:

~ Evil Women and Feminine Evil

~ Representing and Misrepresenting the Female

~ Motherhood; Monstrous Motherhood

~ Monstrous Births and Infanticide

~ Matriarchy / Matricide

~ Devious Sexuality and Feminine Perversions

~ Women and the Abject

~ Menstruation, Castration

~ Fears and Myths: Feminine Blood

~ Anthropological Perspectives

~ Historical Perspectives

~ The Evil Woman in Literature

~ Psychoanalytic perspectives: "Vagina Dentata" etc

~ Sexualizing the Female or Evil Objectification

~ Jezebel, Delilah, Lilith, Harpies and the Femme Fatale

~ The Bitch

~ Women and Power

~ Beauty as threatening or evil

~ Portrayals of Evil Women

~ Fantasy

~ Mythology

~ Vampires, Witches and Sirens

~ Case Studies

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed
panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme.
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 27th November 2009. If
an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be
submitted by Friday 12th March 2009.

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.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes
and 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:

 Sorcha Ni Fhlainn

Hub Leader, Project Co-Leader, School of English, Trinity College,
Dublin, Ireland

E-mail: snf@inter-disciplinary.net

Stephen Morris

Hub Leader, Independent Scholar, New York USA

E-mail: smmorris58@yahoo.com

Rob Fisher

Network Founder and Leader,Inter-Disciplinary.Net,Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom

E-mail: ewf2@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the At the Interface programme of research
projects. It aims 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 the
conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected
papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).

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