‘Sights and Frights: Victorian Visual Culture, Horror and the Supernatural’
University of Sussex – 19 June 2014
‘Sights and Frights’ is a one day interdisciplinary conference, aimed at both academics and post-graduate students, whose aim is to explore and interrogate cultural cross-currents between nineteenth-century visual culture, science and social practice, particularly where these concern attitudes to, and instances of, the supernatural and horrific.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from anybody working in this field.
Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
• Spiritualism and spirit photography;
• Images of demonology and witchcraft;
• Parapsychology, the paranormal and the occult (i.e. mesmerism, hypnotism, alchemy, astronomy);
• Death and mourning practices, memento mori, and death masks;
• The iconography of ghosts, hauntings and ghost stories;
• The Gothic in literature, art, photography, visual and wider culture;
• Imaging of supernatural beings such as fairies, vampires etc;
• Visual entertainment (magic lanterns, phantasmagoria, panorama/diorama) focusing on supernatural subjects;
• The visual presentation of horrific aspects of science and medicine;
• Images (photographs, illustrations, art) of opium dens and the drugs underworld; and
• Violent crime, crime scene photography and the figure of the serial killer.
We are fortunate to have two keynote speakers for this event: Dr Tatiana Kontou of Oxford Brookes University and Professor William Hughes of Bath Spa University.
Please submit proposals of 300 words, along with a short biographical note, by Monday 16 December 2013 to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on our website sightsandfrights.com. If you have any questions about the Conference, or about a potential proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at the above address.
T. K. Warren
Department of English
University of Sussex
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