Wednesday, 6 October 2010

CFP: Evil, Women and the Feminine

I had a paper accepted for this one last year, but they charge £250 in conference fees!  I couldn't go.  If you'd like to send me £250 to go this year, I'll more than happily deliver my work on matricide in Family Guy.

3rd Global Conference
Evil, Women and the Feminine
13th to 15th May 2011
Warsaw, Poland

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary conference seeks to
examine issues surrounding the conjunction between
evil and the feminine. In many cultures women have
been long suspected as the source of sundry human
miseries, however basic to society they may be. At
the same time as ideals of purity and dedication
to family have been exalted and feminine beauty
lauded, women have been viewed as embodying
sinister forces of evil. Mistrusted as
seductive and beguiling, women are also often
thought of as vengeful, manipulative and even
malevolent. In grappling with our understanding of
what it is to be 'evil' the project aims to shine
a spotlight on this dark area of the human
condition and explore the possible sources of the
fear and resentment of women.

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

- Evil Women and Feminine Evil
- Representing and Misrepresenting the Female
- Motherhood; Monstrous Motherhood
- Monstrous Births and Infanticide
- Matriarchy / Matricide
- Devious Sexuality and Feminine Perversions
- Women and the Abject
- Menstruation, Castration
- Fears and Myths: Feminine Blood
- Anthropological Perspectives
- Historical Perspectives
- The Evil Woman in Literature
- Psychoanalytic perspectives: "Vagina Dentata" etc
- Sexualizing the Female or Evil Objectification
- Jezebel, Delilah, Lilith, Harpies and the Femme
- The Bitch
- Women and Power
- Beauty as threatening or evil
- Portrayals of Evil Women
- Fantasy
- Mythology
- Vampires, Witches and Sirens
- Case Studies

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the
submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers
will also be considered on any related theme.
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday
26th November 2010. If an abstract is accepted for
the conference, a full draft paper should be
submitted by Friday 1st April 2011.

300 word abstracts should be submitted
simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF
formats with the following information and in this

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract.
E-mails should be entitled: EWF3 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain
from using footnotes and any special formatting,
characters or emphasis (such as bold,
italics or underline). 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 that you then
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
* Sorcha Ní Fhlainn
Hub Leader, Project Co-Leader, School of English,
Trinity College,
Dublin, Ireland

* Stephen Morris
Hub Leader, Independent Scholar, New York USA

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

The conference is part of the At the Interface
programme of research projects. It aims 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 the
conference will be eligible for publication in an
ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for
publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).

For further details about the project pleases visit:

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