The 5th Vampire Academic Conference

deadline for submissions: 
September 14, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The International Vampire Arts and Film Festival
contact email: 

The 5th Vampire Academic Conference
Virtually Hosted
October 30th 2020 9:00 am- 7:00 p.m. and October 31st 10:00 am- 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

            American Vampires
            CALL FOR PAPERS

MAIN THEMES: This conference will focus on the American Vampire and how they are represented. There is a vast amount of literature and film representing American vampires such as Salem’s Lot, Anne Rice and her chronicles, Lost Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Twilight and of course Bela Lugosi’s classic Dracula

   American Vampires KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS: To Be Confirmed

The State College of Florida’s Literary Guild, in conjunction, with The University of South Wales, and  IVFAF, call for papers by scholars interested in presenting their researched essays on vampire literature, film, folklore, theatre, games, graphic novels, lifestyle, fashion, music and wider art in the 5th annual Vampire Academic Conference (VAC).

Themes for this year’s Conference include the American Vampire, with a non-exclusive focus on the enduring legacy of their iconic vampire films; the Fake News Vampire, examining the consequences when fiction and folklore are presented factually. The themes of vampires in society are also included in this call. 

However, the VAC is not limited to these themes. The two overriding criteria for papers delivered at the conference are:

· They must be about Vampires

· They must be interesting!

This major interdisciplinary international conference aims to examine and expand debates around vampires in all their many aspects. We therefore invite researchers from a range of academic backgrounds to re/consider vampires as a phenomenon that reaches across multiple sites of production and consumption, from literature and film to theatre and games to music and fashion and beyond. What accounts for this Gothic character's undying popular appeal, even in today's postmodern, digital, commercialized world?  How does vampirism circulate within and comment upon mass culture?  

We invite papers in genre theory & history, popular fiction, media culture, television theory, adaptation, journalism, comic studies, the transformative arts and other areas of film, literary and cultural studies in order to explore and expand the significance of the vampire as a figure of fascination across popular culture in shifting historic and social contexts.

We welcome proposals for conference papers of 15 minutes but also for pre-formed panels (of 3x15-minute papers), roundtable discussions, or formats that allow for the presentation of praxis (installations, lecture performances, for instance).  We also want to support undergraduate scholarship: any current UG students interested in attending the VAC would be eligible for special, 10-15 minute presentation panels to facilitate their participation in an international conference at the undergraduate level. 

Please submit a 300-500-word abstract, along with a short biography and indication of the format of your proposed presentation to Submittable by September 14th. If submitting a full panel proposal, the moderator should send a 50-word summary statement outlining the panel's title and central topic, along with all three proposals. Accepted submitters must confirm their commitment to present a finished written paper in a talk lasting approximately 20 minutes live at the conference via video conferencing. It must be their own original work. 

This conference will not be charging since it is virtual.

The VAC runs in tandem with the Vampire Creative Congress, which focuses on the creative industries and featuring talks about filmmaking, writing, games etc. For more details, go to

 Abstracts will be moderated by the following panel: 

+ Jeff Grieneisen, MFA, State College of Florida

+ Courtney Ruffner, Ph.D., State College of Florida

+ Julie Bess Jelinek, State College of Florida

+ Craig Hooper, University of South Wales and IVFAF


Potential points of entry but not limited to:   

+ Transylvania or Pennsylvania? America and vampires

+ Women and the Vamp

+ Messy Eaters – gore and violence in vampire stories

+ vampire fiction as subgenre (comedies, romances, YA literature, graphic novels, games, theatre)

+ the vampire’s role in genre evolution

+ the vampire as metaphor 

+ vampires as signs of cultural change

+ the popular vampire in the literary mainstream

+ the evolution of sex and religion in vampire literature

+ the influence of cinema on literary vampires (and vice‐versa)

+ vampiric tropes in social networking, internet memes and new media culture

+ popular vampire fiction/film in the non‐western world

+ pedagogical applications of popular vampire texts

+ gender and the vampire and/or the vampire hunter

+ vampires and the depiction of alternative sexualities

+ other cultural studies applications of the vampire icon

This is an indicative list only and papers on any vampiric theme from any academic or practice background would be welcomed.