2nd Global Conference
The Erotic: Exploring Critical Issues
Monday 9th May - Wednesday 11th May 2005
Call for Papers
(please cross post where appropriate)
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore the challenging and paradoxical nature of the 'erotic' and assess the reasons for and complications arising out of its resurgence of status and attention.
In particular the conference will seek to examine how focus on the erotic has become increasingly specialised within disciplinary boundaries with the twin effect of failing to recognise cross-disciplinary connections which centre on this theme and neglectingimportant historical and cultural perspectives on the development ofthe 'erotic' as a locus of attention.
The conference and the project aims to instigate inter- disciplinary dialogues which will enable a clearer awareness of the historical and cultural developments of the 'erotic' and simultaneously explore cross-disciplinary perspectives on its current forms and manifestations.
Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are welcome on any of the following themes;
the erotic and disability
the erotic and crime
the erotic and education
the erotic in popular culture
the erotic as translated from literature to the screen
the erotic and its relationship to pornography and exploitation
the erotic and gender
the erotic and the eroticised or de-eroticised body
the erotic: absence, control and excess
the erotic and sexual representation
the erotic in media - film, print, tv, internet
the erotic and (neo-)colonialism
the erotic as the exotic
the erotic and the phenomenological
This is only an indicative list; papers will considered on other related themes.
Papers are also solicited for two special sessions which will be held in common with a second research project running at the same time entitled Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil. Papers dealing with themes of monsters, horror, sexuality and the erotic are encouraged across all disciplines and areas; indicative examples could include 'monstrous sexualities' (bestiality, paedophilia), or the eroticisation of the monster in horror genres(Dracula, for example), or the representation of the erotic and sex as horrible and/or demonic.
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 28th January 2005. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 15th April 2005.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to both the Organising Joint Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
Dr Jones Irwin
St Patrick's College
Dr Rob Fisher
c/o Learning Solutions
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
(e-mail address shown below)
The conference is part of a larger series of ongoing conferences entitled 'Critical Issues', which aim to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published as an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be published in a hard copy themed volume. An eBook and one themed volume is in press from previous meetings of this project.
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For further details about the conference please go to the web address shown below.
Dr Rob Fisher
149B Wroslyn Road
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