CFP: 9th Global Conference: National and Cultural Histories of the Erotic

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Dr Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

9th Global Conference: National and Cultural Histories of the Erotic

Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:

National and Cultural Histories of the Erotic forms a special stream of focus within the larger event of The Erotic conference.

It is difficult to answer the question, what it means to explore the field of the erotic. Does it mean to research human experience and interpersonal relationships? Or maybe reflections of erotic in literature, cinema and arts? What about eroticism in religion and folklore? The issue of the erotic is so that it requires a plethora of approaches, insights and perspectives if we are to better to understand, appreciate, define it and make an attempt to draw the line between the erotic and the sexuality. This inter- and trans- disciplinary special stream seeks to explore critical issues in relation to national and cultural histories of eroticism across the world on the edge of ancient and contemporary, live and death, classics and pulp fiction. These explorations inevitably touch on various areas of human life and experience as well as on the relationship between sexualities, gender and bodies, along with questions concerning the perverse, fetishism and fantasy, pornography and obscenity.

-Can religion be erotic?: Saint images, celibacy, witch hunts. -
-Eroticism in advertizing
-Eroticism and death
-Erotic in architecture and design:
-Sensuality of food and erotic experience
-The meaning of the erotic capital in contemporary society
-Erotic in humour, satire and irony
-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)
-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).
-The Erotic and folklore: folk stories, songs, customs.
-The politics of the erotic inc. issues of censorship and transgression: politically correct eroticism

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.

In order to support and encourage inter-disciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between The Erotic, Revolt and Revolution, Making Sense of Suffering and Truth and Truthfulness.

We would also like to draw delegates attention to a special Erotic Poetry Workshop that will be running just after the conference, details for which can be found here: Creative Writing Workshop "All Things Can Tempt Me": The Imagination and the Erotic in PoetryFriday 7th November 2014 Prague, Czech Republic

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 15th August 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 26th September 2014. Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Erotic 9 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:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Gender and Sexuality series of research projects, which in turn belong to the Critical Issues 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.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

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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.