8th Global Conference: Exploring the Erotic (September 2013: Oxford, United Kingdom)

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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

8th Global Conference
Exploring the Erotic

Tuesday 17th September – Thursday 19th September 2013
Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations
Mapping the field of the erotic is a complex and frustrating endeavour; as something which permeates lived experience, interpersonal relationships, intellectual reflection, aesthetic tastes and sensibilities, the erotic is clearly multi-layered and requires a plethora of approaches, insights and perspectives if we are to better to understand, appreciate and define it.

This inter- and trans- disciplinary project seeks to explore critical issues in relation to eroticism and the erotic through its history, its emergence in human development, both individual and phylogenetic, as well as its expression in national and cultural histories across the world, including issues of transgression and censorship. The project will also explore erotic imagination and its representation in art, art history, literature, film and music. These explorations inevitably touch on the relationship between sexualities, gender and bodies, along with questions concerning the perverse, fetishism and fantasy, pornography and obscenity.

Papers, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are also invited on any of the following themes:

-The erotic in cyberspace: chats, webs, facebook, erotic pictures of the profiles. How do people present themselves in social networking?
-Can religion be erotic?: Saint images, celibate, witch hunts.
-The erotic in literature and film: erotic acts, images and figures as in Nabokov' Lolita or Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. The beauty of erotic. Where is the line between the erotic and pornography?
-Contemporary erotic: a phenomenon of 50 Shades of Grey.
-New supernatural romances and teen erotic (The Twilight Saga, Hunger Games, etc)
-National and cultural histories of the erotic
-Ancient erotic of the old Greece and the old Rome: erotic images (pictures and sculptures), esthetics of the ancient erotic, erotic in mythology (Zeus and Leda, Helen, Venera, etc).
-Erotic and folklore: folk stories, songs, customs.
-The erotic and phases of human development
-The psychology of the erotic: subconscious, dreams, theories
-The erotic and the perverse: fetishisms, toys, pictures, objects of desire
-The politics of the erotic inc. issues of censorship and transgression
-The eroticism of childhood: we normally associate children's erotic with paedophelia but is this so? Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a children's book but it's also a reflection of the author's desire for a young girl. Are there any other examples in literature, art and history?
-The most erotic figures in the history of humankind: Merlin Monroe, Cleopatra, Messalina, Jackie Kennedy, Brad Pitt, Barack Obama. Is there any difference between sex- and erotic appeal?
-Erotic pedagogy: is there a place for the erotic in the classroom? Erotic relationship between a professor and a student. Is it possible to teach erotic?

We welcome submissions from within specific disciplinary boundaries, but we are also particularly interested in interdisciplinary contributions that balance the scope of insight that disciplines bring with the limitations that disciplinary boundaries create in failing to recognise cross-disciplinary connections, which neglect important historical and cultural perspectives on the development of the 'erotic' as a locus of attention. Consequently, we are particularly keen to encourage submissions that are not subsumed within disciplines, but cut across and between disciplinary vocabularies to provide new synergies, domains and inter-disciplinary possibilities. We warmly welcome proposals which go beyond traditional paper presentations and encompass also panels, performances and workshops.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 10th May 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 12th july 2013. Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: Erotic 8 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using 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:
Natalia Kaloh Vid: nkv@inter-disciplinary.net
Rob Fisher: er8@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Gender and Sexuality series of research projects, which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.