CfP Vampires: Myths of the Past and the Future

Nada melhor que um domingo para postar mais uma chamada de trabalhos para um evento de estudos sobre vampiros, graças à Ana Lucia Araújo. Achei muito legal essa conferência e ainda por cima é em Londres o que deixa tudo muito mais atraente🙂.

Vampires: Myths of the Past and the Future An interdisciplinary Conference organised by Simon Bacon, The London Consortium in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2011

Conference dates: 2nd – 4th November 2011

Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced
Study, University of London

Myths of vampires and the undead are as old as civilisation itself,
wherever humans gather these ‘dark reflections’ are sure to follow.
Whether as hungry spirits, avenging furies or as the disgruntled dearly
departed, they have been used to signify the monstrous other and the
consequences of social transgression. Embodying the result of a life
lived beyond patriarchal protective proscription that quickly changes
from dream to nightmare and from fairy tale to ghost story.

However their manifold and multifarious manifestation also provides a
point of opposition and resistance, one that subverts majority narrative
and gives agency to the disenfranchised and oppressed within society.
This is seen most clearly in the late twentieth century where, in a
plethora of filmic and literary texts, amidst a growing ‘sympathy for
the devil’ the vampire is constructed as a site of personal and social
transition. Here alternative narratives (e.g. feminist, ethnic,
post-colonial discourses etc) find expression and ways in which to
configure their own identity within, or in opposition to, the dominant
cultural parameters revealing hybridity as the catalyst for future myth
making.

In the course of the past century the vampire has undergone many
transformations which now see them as a separate evolutionary species,
both genetically and cybernetically, signifying all that late capitalist
society admires and desires thus completing its change from an
abhorational figure to an aspirational one; the vampire is no longer the
myth of a murky superstitious past but that of a bright new future and
one that will last forever.

This interdisciplinary conference will look at the various ways the
vampire has been used in the past and present to construct narratives of
possible futures, both positive and negative, that facilitate both
individual and collective, either in the face of hegemonic discourse or
in the continuance of its ideological meta-narratives.

Keynote speakers include:

Stacey Abbott

Catherine Spooner

Milly Williamson

We invite papers from a wide variety of disciplines and approaches such
as:  anthropology, art history, cultural studies, film studies, history,
literary studies, philosophy, psychology, theology, etc.

Possible themes include but are not limited to:

*       Myths, fairy tales and urban legends
*       Cross cultural colonisation; vampiric appropriation and
reappropriation
*       Cinema, Manga/ Anime and gaming
*       Fandom, lifestyle, ‘real’ vampires and identity configuration
*       Minority discourse and the transcultural vampire
*       Genetics, cybernetics and the post human
*       Blood memory, vampiric memory and the immortal archive
*       Dracula vs. Nosferatu; Urban vs. Rural
*       Globalisation, corporations and ‘Dark’ societies
*       Immortality, transcendence and cyberspace
*       Old World/ New World and vampiric migration
*       From stakes to crosses to sunlight
*       Blood Relations and the vampiric family
*       Abjection, psychoanalysis and transitional objects

Papers will also be considered on any related themes. Abstracts of 300
words should be submitted to Simon Bacon at vampiremyths1@googlemail.com
no later than April 30th 2011.

4 comentários

  1. Fabio Fernandes · julho 18, 2010

    Demorou! Vamos nessa, morder uns pescocinhos conceituais?

  2. Adriamaral · julho 19, 2010

    Fabio: UHU!!

  3. Débs · julho 19, 2010

    Que maneiro! Outro dia estava pensando com meus botões quando iria surgir algum tipo de conferência acadêmica com essa temática, hehe.

    • Adriamaral · julho 29, 2010

      Débs – ha então ta ai ne

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