Monday, January 2, 2012

Global Conference Fear, Horror and Terror

Global Conference
Fear, Horror and Terror

Friday 7th September 2012 – Sunday 9th September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:
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 the
artistic, cinematic, literary, moral, social,
(geo) political, philosophical, psychological and
religious significance of them, both individually
and together.

In addition to academic analysis, we welcome the
submission from practitioners, such as people in
religious orders, therapists, or victims of events
which have been provoked by experiences of fear,
horror and terror – for example, social workers,
those involved with the legal system, medical
practitioners, or fiction authors whose work aims
to evoke these reactions.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops
are invited on issues related to any of the
following themes:

1. The Contexts of Fear, Horror and Terror
- case studies
- professions dealing with the Fear, Horror and
Terror (Therapists, Clergy, etc.)
- creating and experiencing fear, horror and terror
- the properties of fear, horror and terror
- contexts of fear, horror and terror
- the language, meaning and significance of fear,
horror and terror

2. At the Interface of Fear, Horror and Terror
- the role of fear, horror and terror
- emotional releases (pleasant or negative)
achieved by Fear, Horror and Terror
- techniques of fear, horror and terror
- marketing fear, horror and terror
- recreational fear, horror and terror
- aesthetic fear, horror and terror
- the body, temperature, touch, taste or sound and
fear, horror and terror
-silence as a strategic subversion of the
operation of fear, horror and terror
-fear, horror and terror and the visible/invisible

3. Representations of Fear, Horror and Terror and:
- the imagination or the sublime
- pleasure, hope, despair, anxiety, disgust,
dread, loathing
- art, cinema, theatre, media and the creative arts
-survival horror video games
- literature (including children’s stories)
- the other
- technology
- the future

Papers  will be accepted which deal with related
areas and themes. 300 word abstracts should be
submitted by Friday 16th March 2012. If an
abstract is accepted for the conference, a full
draft paper should be submitted by Friday 22nd
June 2012. 300 word abstracts should be submitted
to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in
Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to
10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: FHT Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain
from using any special formatting, characters or
emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline).
Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned
for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts
will be included in this publication. 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; it might be lost in
cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an
alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Shona Hill & Shilinka Smith
Conference Leaders
New Zealand

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

The conference is part of the 'At the Interface'
series of research projects. The aim of the
conference is to bring together people from
different areas and interests to share ideas and
explore various discussions which are innovative
and exciting. All papers accepted for and
presented at this conference are eligible for
publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may
be invited to go forward for development into a
themed ISBN hard copy volume.

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