Saturday 19th September - Monday 21st September 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford
Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues which lie at the interface of fear, horror and terror. In particular the project is interested in investigating the various contexts of fear, horror and terror, and assessing issues surrounding the artistic, cinematic, literary, moral, social, (geo)political, philosophical, psychological and religious significance of them, both individually and together.
Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:
1. The Contexts of Fear, Horror and Terror
- creating fear, horror and terror
- the properties of fear, horror and terror
- contexts of fear, horror and terror
- the language of fear, horror and terror
- the meaning of fear, horror and terror
- the significance of fear, horror and terror
2. At the Interface of Fear, Horror and Terror
- the role of fear, horror and terror
- techniques of fear, horror and terror
- marketing fear, horror and terror
- recreational fear, horror and terror
- aesthetic fear, horror and terror
- the temperature of fear, horror and terror
- the relation to anxiety, disgust, dread, loathing
- the relation to hope and the future
3. Representations of Fear, Horror and Terror
- fear, horror, terror and the imagination
- fear, horror, terror and pleasure
- fear, horror, terror and art, cinema, theatre
- fear, horror, terror and literature(including children’s stories)
- fear, horror, terror and the other
- fear, horror, terror and technology
- fear, horror, terror, hope and despair
- confronting fear, horror and terror
Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged.
The 2009 meeting of Fear, Horror and Terror will run alongside our new project on Villains and Villainy and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers considering the problems or addressing issues of Fear, Horror, Terror, Villains and Villainy for joint project sessions.
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 17th April 2009. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 7th August 2009.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be entitled: FHT3 Abstract Submission
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
* Michele Huppert
Behavioural Studies,School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia
* Sorcha Ni Fhlainn
School of English, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
* Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
The conference is part of the At the Interface series of research projects. The aim of the conference is 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 this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.
For further details about the project please visit:
For further details about the conference please visit:
Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
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