1st Global Conference: Villains and Villainy

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 19, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 19, 2009
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1st Global Conference Villains and Villainy Saturday 19th September - Monday 21st September 2009 Mansfield College, Oxford Call for Papers The hero may always get the bad guy but the bad guys always grab our attention first. Bad guys – both male and female – are almost always the more interesting characters in a tale, whether told via song, film, folk-tale, novel, theatre, myth, television (live action or animated), or urban legend. Villains can devise and implement or commit their acts of villainy either by their innate sheer genius or employing the dark arts of black magic. This interdisciplinary research and publications project and conference will seek to uncover the historical origins of the villain, chart the changing meanings of villain and villainy across times and cultures, explore the characteristics of persons and actions labelled as villainous and assess the various incarnations of the villain in literature, film, media and cultures. Papers that deal with any and all aspects of villains and their villainy are welcome. 1. The history of villains and villainy 2. Concepts and definitions of villains and villainy 3. Mythological villainy 4. Villains, antagonists and scoundrels 5. Devotion to cruelty and the love of the malicious 6. Villainous laughter 7. Incarnations of the villainous; this may involve the figures of: * Anti-villain * Archenemy * Dark Lord * Evil Twin * Femme Fatal * Mad Scientist * Supervillain * Tragic Villain * Trickster (such as the character Loki in Norse myth or Q from *Star Trek: The Next Generation*) * Henchman or Minion * Evil Sidekick/Comic Relief/Comedic Villain * Villain as Celebrity/Cause Célébres * Menace and Vengeance * The Unseen Villain * Sympathetic Villains Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged. The 2009 meeting of Villains and Villainy will run alongside our project on Fear, Horror and Terror and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers considering the problems or addressing issues of Villains, Villainy, Fear, Horror and Terror. Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 17th April 2