She-Wolf: Female Werewolves, Shapeshifters and Other Horrors

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University of Manchester UK

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Peter Hutchings (University of Northumbria, UK)

The figure of the werewolf has haunted art, literature and culture for millennia. While not as common as their male counterparts, female werewolves appear in a variety of texts, of different genres and different cultures. From transcripts of witchcraft trials to Buffy, the female werewolf and her shapeshifting sisters continue to challenge, excite and entertain.

Conference Dates: 9 - 10 September 2010

This conference will explore representations and cultural meanings of female werewolves and other female shapeshifters, and the perennial fascination of these creatures. Papers are sought from researchers in all disciplines.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

literary and cinematic representations
representation in art, graphic novels and animation
teen shapeshifters
children's literature and fairy tales
role-playing, gaming and MMORPGs
mythologies and folkloric belief
magic, transformation and the body
historical, medical and legal discourse
theoretical considerations of gender and female sexuality
the female shapeshifter and the other

We also invite proposals for papers, discussion groups or workshops from creative professionals.

Selected papers may be invited to be submitted for inclusion in an edited collection following the conference.

Please send abstracts for twenty-minute papers (no more than 300 words) to by 31st March 2010.
For all other enquiries, please contact Hannah Priest at