Angels and Demons
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University
11 June 2010
Plenary Speaker: Professor Kate Newey, Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts, and Head of Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham
Angels and Demons (though they may not always be named as such) have figured in many religions for thousands of years, and probably for just as long and as widely the binary has been deployed for political, social and commercial ends. This conference as a whole is intended to explore the continuities and ruptures in the representation and deployment of these figures, be they in nineteenth-century melodrama and pantomime or renaissance Protestant tracts featuring demonic popes, Agamben’s bureaucratic interpretation of Aquinian angelology or the Al Pacino vehicle The Devil’s Advocate, Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North or the many refractions of the Faust story (Marlowe, Goethe, Gounod). We invite participants to explore the purpose and success of angelic and demonic representations politically, philosophically, culturally, commercially. But we also welcome studies of attempts to think outside the binaries of good angel and evil demon, lucid self and obscure Other: is the undoing of binaries, vital to Cixous’ feminist enterprise and deconstruction generally, still salient today for the various politics of gender, sexuality, “race”, class, disability and place, or are there alternative strategies available?
Proposals (200-300 words) for 20 minute papers or for exhibited work should be sent to Andrew King (email@example.com) before 31 March 2010. Informal queries are welcome.
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