Erotismo. Un convegno internazionale al Mansfield College, Oxford, 11-13 settembre 2012

Interessante convegno al Mansfield College di Oxford dall’11 al 13 settembre. Il convegno è rigidamente interdisciplinare: verranno rifiutate le proposte che si collocano nel chiuso di una disciplina specifica. Anche le modalità di presentazione vanno oltre i tradizionali papers: vengono accettate volentieri performance, panel, discorsi audio-visivi ecc. Scadenza della presentazione degli abstract di proposta: 300 parole entro il 15 marzo.

Dettagli e aree tematiche al Questo evento si intreccia con un’altra direzione di lavoro dello stesso gruppo su Monsters and the Monstruous, e una sessione tematica farà confluire i due temi.

Diamo qui alcuni paragrafi del call for papers:

Mapping the field of the erotic is a complex and frustrating endeavour; as something which permeates lived experience, interpersonal relationships, intellectual reflection, aesthetic tastes and sensibilities, the erotic is clearly multi-layered and requires a plethora of approaches, insights and perspectives if we are to better to understand, appreciate and define it.

This inter- and trans- disciplinary project seeks to explore critical issues in relation to eroticism and the erotic through its history, its emergence in human development, both individual and phylogenetic, as well as its expression in national and cultural histories across the world, including issues of transgression and censorship. The project will also explore erotic imagination and its representation in art, art history, literature, film and music. These explorations inevitably touch on the relationship between sexualities, gender and bodies, along with questions concerning the perverse, fetishism and fantasy, pornography and obscenity.

Papers, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are also invited on any of the following themes:

* the erotic and identity
* disability, ethnicity, gender, class and eroticism
* the erotic in education and the education of the erotic
* eroticism in popular culture and media: cinema, tv, theatre, radio, newspapers and magazines, the internet in all its forms
* the erotic in literature and on the screen exploitative eroticism, e.g., pornography
* the erotic, ethics and philosophy the eroticised (or de-eroticised) body
* absence, control and excess of the erotic
* the erotic and sexuality: is there a difference, and if so, what? the erotic in representation
* the erotic and (post- neo-)colonialism
* eroticism in the making of the exotic
* the erotic in mythology
* the erotic and the non-human’ (vampires, zombies, cyborgs, etc)
* eroticism and technology: sex toys and other turn-ons

This project will run concurrently with our project on Monsters and the Monstrous – we welcome any papers considering the problems or addressing issues on Monsters and The Erotic for a cross-over panel. We also welcome pre-formed panels on any aspect of the monstrous or in relation to crossover panel(s).
We welcome submissions from within specific disciplinary boundaries, but we are also particularly interested in interdisciplinary contributions that balance the scope of insight that disciplines bring with the limitations that disciplinary boundaries create in failing to recognise cross-disciplinary connections, which neglect important historical and cultural perspectives on the development of the ‘erotic’ as a locus of attention. Consequently, we are particularly keen to encourage submissions that are not subsumed within disciplines, but cut across and between disciplinary vocabularies to provide new synergies, domains and inter-disciplinary possibilities. We warmly welcome proposals which go beyond traditional paper presentations and encompass also panels, performances and workshops.

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.

Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

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: The Erotic 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.


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