7th Global Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous - Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 14, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 14, 2009
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7th Global Conference Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil Monday 14th September 2009 - Thursday 17th September 2009 Mansfield College, Oxford Call for Papers This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to investigate and explore the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the project will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific monsters as well as assessing the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as monstrous. The history and contemporary cultural influences of monsters and monstrous metaphors will also be examined. Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes: * The monster through history * Civilization, monsters and the monstrous * Children, childhood, stories and monsters * Comedy: funny monsters and/or making fun of monsters (e.g. Monsters Inc, the Addams Family) * Making monsters; monstrous births, childhood * Mutants and mutations and freaks * Technologies of the monstrous * Horror, fear and scare * Do monsters kill because they are monstrous or are they monstrous because they kill? * How critical to the definition of monster is death or the threat of death? * Human monsters and monstrous acts? e.g, perverts, paedophiles and serial killers * Revolution and monsters * Enemies (political/social/military) and monsters * Iconography of the monstrous * The popularity of the modern monsters; the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, Vampires, Cannibals * The monster in literature * The monster in media (television, cinema, radio, internet) * Religious depictions of the monstrous * Metaphors and the monstrous * The problematic attraction and admiration of monsters * Gothic Monsters Papers will be accepted which deal solely with specific monsters. Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged. The 2009 meeting of Monsters will run alongside our project on Madness - Probing the Boundaries and we anticipate ho