1st Global Conference: The Gothic - Exploring Critical Issues (May 2010: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference

The Gothic - Exploring Critical Issues

Thursday 6th May – Saturday 8th May 2010

Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to engage
and explore the cultural significance and enduring narratives within the
realm of the Gothic in culture at large. From its literary and
historical roots to its (post)modern incarnations as a cultural subgenre
present in popular fiction and film, this project seeks to explore the
territories of the Gothic in all of its manifestations.

Suggested topics and themes include (but are not limited to):

    * Classic Gothic Literature and its resurgence

    * The Gothick

    * Gothic Culture(s) as a living experience/ethos

    * Gothic Media (Cinema, Television, Games, Graphic Novels, Role

    * Gothic Music

    * Misrepresenting the Gothic

    * Apocalyptic narratives

    * Fashioning Bodies, styles and convention

    * Modern and Postmodern paradigms (19th, 20th & 21st century 'Gothics')

    * Gothic and Horror Narratives

    * Gothic as Horror or Horror as Gothic?

    * Popular Culture

    * Queer Gothic

    * Identity

    * Scapegoating/ derision/ condemnation of the Gothic in culture

    * The philosophy of 'dark' culture

    * Geographical Gothic

    * Gothic space; Gothic architecture

    * Gender and Sexualities

    * Contrasting the 'emo' and the 'goth'

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: goth@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Critical Issues 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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