Call for Papers: Monsters and the Monstrous

Inter-Disciplinary.Net: 7th Global Conference
Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths & Metaphors of Enduring Evil

Monday 14th September – Thursday 17th September 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to investigate and explore the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the project will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific ‘monsters’ as well as assessing the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as ‘monstrous’. The history and contemporary cultural influences of monsters and monstrous metaphors will also be examined.

For a list of possible themes and guidance notes for submitting abstracts and papers visit Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 17th April 2009. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 7th August 2009.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs: Sorcha Ni Fhlainn, Rob Fisher, and Stephen Morris.

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. Some papers may also be invited for inclusion in the Journal of Monsters and the Monstrous.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and is not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.