October 28-29, 2010
Portuguese Catholic University
This inter-disciplinary graduate conference seeks to address questions at the interface of panic and mourning, both individually and jointly. We are particularly interested in investigating representations and performances of modalities and contexts of panic (fear, horror, terror, rage, anxiety, shock, threat) and mourning (pain, grief, loss, trauma, memory, melancholy, nostalgia, healing) in media, literary and cultural frameworks.
Panic and mourning are two distinct emotional constructs that often intersect and interplay in landscapes of conflict, violence, crisis, tragedy and catastrophe, both natural and man-made. Whereas panic tends to occur during the experience of the catastrophic events, mourning, on the other hand, relates to the aftermath of a violent disruption and to the way humans try to make sense of it retrospectively. Conversely, violent events can also leave a thread of panic in its aftermath, such as mourning can be disturbed or reinstated by a catastrophic occurrence.
This conference wishes to bring together doctoral students, Post-doc and junior researchers from different areas and disciplines to share research interests and works-in-progress, learn and engage in fresh intellectual discussion with international key academics and build a community of young scholars.
Papers are welcome on the topics listed below, amongst others:
- The cultural construction of panic and mourning
- Representations of panic and mourning in literature and the arts
- Mediation and the mediatization of panic and mourning
- Panic and mourning as spectacle
- Tropes of panic and mourning between victimhood and agency
- Public and private rituals of panic and mourning
- Gendered discourses of panic and mourning
- The work of law in practices of mourning
- Transgenerational mourning and the heritage of collective loss
- Dimensions of panic: moral panic, technopanic, hyperpanic, media panic, voluptuous panic, global panic
- Power, governamentality, and the regulation of emotions
The conference language is English
Speakers should be prepared for a 15-minute presentation followed by questions.
Please send a 250-word abstract, as well as a brief biographical note (100 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2010. Proposals should list paper title, name, institutional affiliation, and contact details.
E-mails should be entitled: Panic and Mourning Abstract Submission
Successful applicants will be notified by July 15, 2010.
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. We suggest then to resend it.
We regret that travel and accommodation funding for conference participants is not available at this time.
Registration is due by July 30
Speakers – 30€
Participants - 45€
Late registrations (after July 30) – 50€
The registration fee includes lunches on the two conference days.
By bank transfer
IBAN PT50 0033 0000 0017 0134 1210 5
By cheque endorsed to:
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
and sent to:
Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Cultura
A/C Rosário Lopes
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
Palma de Cima
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