[UPDATE] Georgia State University CFP - New Voices Conference - deadline 11/30

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New Voices Conference 2013
Featured Theme:
Monsters, Villains & Aberrations: A Conference of Dark Proportions

In a time when villainous fantasy creatures abound in popular media, it is becoming increasingly important to explore the reasons our culture is so drawn to these characters and tropes. This is especially true since we also live in a time in which we seem surrounded by much more mundane, but nonetheless shocking instances of villainy, monstrosity, and aberration. Terrorists, mass-murdering dictators, and serial killers parade hourly across our television screens. Some new "Frankenfood" appears on our supermarket shelves each week. Cable reality shows chronicle with sensationalistic zeal the lives of those who are in some way physically and/or mentally different from "normal" society. Yet our obsession with the deviant and the monstrous is really nothing new. From Enkidu in the ancient Sumerian epic Gilgamesh to Frankenstein's monster and Dracula in the nineteenth century, human cultures across time and across the globe have always been fascinated with representing that which frightens, appalls, and defies our definitions of what's normal. This conference invites scholars from all over the world to contribute research on the 'dark side' of the humanities, while not necessarily limiting themselves to the baddies of contemporary popular culture.

January 17, 18 & 19
Georgia State University Union

All submissions are welcome from all disciplines.

Suggested Topics include:

• Explorations of monstrosity/villainy/deviance in the
Gothic or other genres
• Scientific monstrosity (e.g., genetic manipulation)

• Historiographical explorations of villainy, or villains
• Rhetorical examinations of non-literary texts

• Bodies, inscripted, misappropriated, or transmogrified
• Psychological or behavioral aberrations

• Creative writing: Visions of the monstrous, or villainous
• Environmental or Theoretical mutations

****Deadline for Submission****
November 30, 2012

Registration Fee: $10
Please contact New Voices is you have any questions regarding your submission.
Department of English
Georgia State University
PO Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970

Email: newvoices11@gmail.com
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Blog: http://newvoicesconference.wordpress.com/

The Graduate Student Association invites you to participate in the 2013 New Voices Conference, which will be held January 17th, 18th, and 19th, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. This year's featured theme is Monsters, Villains, and Aberrations.

We welcome submissions for presentations, panels, roundtables, strands, and pedagogical demonstrations from ALL disciplines, on ALL topics. Your work does not have to fit the theme to be accepted!


1. For individual papers, please submit an abstract (250 words maximum) along with your name, phone number, and email address.

a. Creative Writing submissions please include an abstract plus a 1-2 page excerpt.

2. For panels, please submit

a. A proposal abstract for the panel ( 400 words maximum)

b. A brief description of each individual panelist's paper (250 words maximum)

3. If your presentation requires any visual media, please let us know (projector, DVD, sound, etc).

4. Please submit email proposals as Microsoft Word attachment (.doc or .docx), and include the phrase "New Voices abstract submission" in the subject line.

You may submit documents by:


Postal Mail:

GEA, Attn: Valerie Robin
Department of English
Georgia State University
PO Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970