4th Global Conference: Monstrous Geographies

Країна: Португалія

Місто: Lisbon

Тези до: 31.10.2014

Дати: 22.03.15 — 24.03.15

Область наук: Географічні;

Е-мейл Оргкомітету: l.muntean@let.ru.nl

Організатори: Inter-Disciplinary


This inter- and multidisciplinary conference focuses on the relationship between the monstrous and the geographic. We welcome proposals by academics, teachers, independent researchers, students, artists, NGOs and anyone interested in manifestations of monstrosity in space. Possible topics may include topics as diverse as ancient burial sites, haunted houses, post-apocalyptic landscapes, and even recent topographical manifestations of the Gaza conflict or the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Even if they no longer bear the physical markers of violence, devastation and human suffering geographical locations are often imbued with memories of horror that are passed on from generation to generation through various textual, audial and visual media.

Apart from historical events of monstrosity the scope of our conference entails imagined monstrosities and future landscapes of annihilation and death. Philosophical discussions are just as much welcome as artistic performances and explorations of literary, filmic or musical case studies of evil and the monstrous. The following questions may trigger ideas for presentations: What is the relationship between evil and the monstrous? Is the monstrous always rooted in the element of evil? Can disasters caused by nature be regarded as evil? Can we talk about geographies of poverty, hunger and homelessness in relation to monstrosity? Can evil and/or monstrosity be immanent to place or are they performed by cultural discourse, rituals and practices of memory? How do the monstrous and the geographic intersect in architecture, the arts, popular culture, politics, and the sciences?

We welcome presentations, papers, reports, performances, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels from all academic disciplines. Presentations may include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Unknown worlds
  • Dystopic landscapes
  • Sites of heterotopia
  • Malevolent regions
  • Bodies as maps and maps as bodies
  • Places of isolation, incarceration and madness
  • Places of rituals and incest
  • Sites of experimentation
  • Evil planets and dimensions
  • Worlds as dark reflections/twins of Earth
  • Alien landscapes
  • Sites of environmental disasters (both natural and manmade)
  • Sites of starvation, disaster and pestilence
  • De-militarized zones and no-man’s lands
  • Monstrostiy and liminality
  • Religion, ritual and monstrosity
  • Haunted sites and spectral spaces
  • Graveyards
  • Sites of conflict and violence
  • Terrain vague, abandoned buildings
  • The architecture of death and destruction (sites of torture and extermination)
  • Geographical manifestations of the uncanny
  • Tourism and monstrous geographies
  • Monstrous Dreamscapes
  • Mazes
  • Monstrous materialities
  • Ethics and morality in relation to monstrosity and evil
  • Monstrous geographies of the body and the mind

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

Веб-сторінка конференції: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/evil/monstrous-geographies/call-for-papers/