Re-thinking the Monstrous: Violence and Criminality in Society deadline 11/1/2010, dates 7/1-3/2011, Munich | cfp.english.upenn.edu
by Jessica C. Murphy
In current theories of violence and crime, the monstrous has come to signify the non-human or the amalgamation of the human and its ‘other’, representing the embodiment of socially deviant behavior, or associated with physical disfigurement and mental disability, or excessive physical strength and exceptional intellectual capacity. Consequently, the monstrous has always played into the image/portrayal of the criminal, and has always been in the centre of attention – generating fear, repulsion, as well as fascination. Engaging with the prevailing antagonisms and dichotomies that surround and the monstrous, this interdisciplinary conference seeks to re-think, re-evaluate and reposition the correlation of this concept with issues o criminality and violence. We welcome proposals that consider the monstrous and its position in the discourse of violence and crime in relation to contemporary theoretical models, social and historical contexts, scientific developments, and other fictional and non-fictional influences. We are particularly interested in work that pursues an interdisciplinary approach.