Fear, Horror and Terror

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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 their artistic, literary, moral, social, (geo)political, philosophical, psychological and religious significance, both individually and together.

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Among the themes which the project will seek to explore are;

  • creating 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
  • the role of fear, horror and terror
  • recreational fear, horror and terror
  • aesthetic fear, horror and terror
  • fear, horror, terror and the imagination
  • 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 and hope; and despair
  • confronting fear, horror and terror

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.