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[ecrea] CFP Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture
Thu Feb 16 19:38:48 GMT 2017
*Call For Papers: Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture*
*Saturday 3^rd June 2017, York St John University*
Invited speakers: Dr Colette Balmain (Kingston University); Professor
Andrew Smith (University of Sheffield); Dr Donna McCormack (University
of Surrey); Dr Alison Peirse (University of York).
This one-day conference will explore the figure of the monster in
transnational popular culture, across cinema, television, games, comics
and literature, as well as through fandoms attached to global monster
cultures. It is our intention to bring together researchers to consider
how transnational monstrosity is constructed, represented and
disseminated in global popular culture.
Since the popularisation of monster narratives in the nineteenth
century, the monstrous figure has been a consistent border crosser, from
Count Dracula’s journey on the /Demeter/ from Romania to Whitby, to the
rampaging monsters of Godzilla movies across multiple global cities. In
folklore, such narratives have long been subject to specific local and
national cultures, such as the shape-shifting Aswang of Filipino
folklore or the Norwegian forest Huldra, yet global mediacapes now
circulate mediatised representations of such myths across borders,
contributing to a transnational genre that spans multiple media. Aihwa
Ong has referred to ‘the /trans/versal, the /trans/actional, the
/trans/lational, and the /trans/gressive’ in /trans/national ‘human
practices and cultural logics’, and each of these categories can
encompass the scope of /trans/formations imagined within cross-border
constructions of monstrosity.
There has been significant recent interest in the ways in which
transnationality, particularly in film studies, has depicted flows of
people and demonstrated lines of cultural flow. This conference will
explore cultural flow as it relates to the construction of a
transnational genre (by producers and audiences), but will also explore
the ramifications of representations of monstrosity in socio-political
terms. The event also intends to engage with the ways in which monsters
metaphorically represent forms of social and political otherness as they
relate to cross-cultural or transnational forms and social groups,
either directly or indirectly. Monstrosity has long been explored in a
number of ways that connect gender, sexuality, class, race, nationality
and other forms of otherness with depictions of monsters or monstrosity.
The representation of refugees across Europe has been just one example
of the ways in which cross-border monstrosity and otherness are
culturally fused, with media outlets and political figures contributing
to the repeated representation of refugees as a monstrous ‘swarm’ moving
into and across European borders.
While the study of monsters in fiction is nothing new, the examination
of the figure of the monster from a transnational perspective offers the
opportunity to better understand: issues of cultural production and
influence; the relationship between national cultures and transnational
formations; hierarchies of cultural production; diasporic flows; the
ethics of transnationalism; as well as the possibility to explore how
shifting cultural and political boundaries have been represented through
tropes of monstrosity. Hence, this conference seeks to offer new
insights into the nature of transnational cultures and help us to
understand how one of the oldest fictional metaphors has been
transformed during the age of globalisation.
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, on topics around
transnational monsters and monstrosity. Possible themes might include
(but are not limited to):
*Monstrous-genders/sexualities/ethnicities*: transnational approaches to
femininity and/or sexuality as monstrous or othered; interpretations of
otherness in cross-cultural or comparative approaches.
*Monster fandoms: *transnational fandoms around monsters, or
representations of monstrosity, which might include Whitby Dracula
pilgrimages, /kaijū eiga/, or /Pokemon/.
*Transnational horror and the monster*: approaches to investigating
particular monster tropes in comparative national cultures or across
media that might include the figure of monsters in the slasher film, or
the transnational appropriation of folkloric monsters in horror games
such as the Wendigo//in /Until Dawn/.
*The transnational monster genre*: theoretical explorations of the
genericity of monster narratives and their relationships with national
and transnational cultures (including regional approaches to affinitive
transnational areas, such as Scandinavia or Latin America).
*Reimagining monsters*: cross-cultural appropriations of specific
monster figures; issues of cultural power and difference within
appropriations that might include Dracula, Godzilla, King Kong or zombies.
*Monster as metaphor*: cultural metaphors relevant to the figure of the
monster as it relates to transnational, cross-border concerns, which
might include the reflection of concerns about migration in /The Walking
Dead/ and the potential impact of those metaphors.
*Proposals are welcomed on any other relevant topics*
*Please send proposals of 300 words, along with a brief biography (50
words), to **(transnationalmonsters /at/ gmail.com)*
<mailto:(transnationalmonsters /at/ gmail.com)>*by Wednesday the 1^st of March
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