Call for Presentations

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Fear, Horror and Terror

The Fear, Horror and Terror Project: 10th Global Meeting

Call for Presentations 2016

Friday 9th September – Sunday 11th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Fear, Horror and Terror can be seen as the defining experiences and political tools of modernity, shaping public spaces, discourse, and popular culture. This is the era of the ‘War on Terror’, in which terror is politically, culturally, even racially defined. We are constantly confronted with, consuming, and discussing media images of horror, both fictional and factual. This year’s 10th interdisciplinary Fear, Horror and Terror conference explores the production and dissemination these concepts and experiences as a political, cultural, and media commodity. We invite participants to consider questions such as:

~ How fear, horror, and terror manifest in everyday life, popular culture, fiction, society, communities and politics?
~ How experiences or images produced by/about fear, horror and terror shape or direct the way we understand the world?
~ What are the underlying power structures that determine how and why representations of fear, horror and terror are disseminated, and to whom?
~ How can we communicate, contain and overcome the effects and consequences of fear, horror and terror?

Themes and related areas:
1) The production and dissemination of Fear, Horror and Terror: the relationship between images and experiences; the experiences and role of the witness; journalistic, political, and professional communications.
2) About Fear, Horror and Terror: narratives, definitions, interdisciplinary studies, cross cultural comparisons; embodiment and comparison with different emotions/experiences; constructions and deconstructions; theories, methods and philosophies
3) Contexts of Fear, Horror and Terror: case studies of cultural contexts; crime and punishment, discipline and order, control and power; professionals and the public e.g. therapists, clergy, lawyers, law enforcement, policy makers, human resources representatives, etc.
4) The experience of Fear, Horror and Terror: emotional responses; recreational or aesthetic approaches; the sensory experience; the unexpected absence/invisibility of fear horror and terror
5) Representations and mediations of Fear, Horror and Terror: images, cinema, television, theatre, the fourth estate and the creative arts; survival and/or horror video games; literature (including children’s stories, and graphic novels); documentary and ‘reality’ television; the internet, social media, and mobile communications
6) Physical manifestations of Fear, Horror and Terror: space, place, architecture and tools; ceremony, performance and ritual; war, militarisation, weapons, engineering and technology.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 15th April 2016. All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 29th April 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 5th August 2016.

Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Fear, Horror and Terror Abstract Submission

Organising Chairs:
Evan Gledhill: e.haylesgledhill@nullpgr.reading.ac.uk
Rob Fisher: fht10@nullinter-disciplinary.net

This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

A number of eBooks and paperback books have been published and are in press as a result of the work of this project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Ethos
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. 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.