Island Dynamics is seeking your participation in a Conference about the Supernatural in Literature and Film – Ghosts, Fairies, Aliens, Vampires, Monsters and Demons, to be held March 29 – 31, 2014 in Lerwick, Shetlands, United Kingdom.
Objects of fascination and horror
This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the role of the supernatural in literature and film, past and present, worldwide.
Ever since the dawn of literature, the supernatural has played a role in the stories humanity tells about itself. But how can we compare Medieval historical writing – with its naturalistic narratives of fairies, demons, and monsters – with present-day written and film fiction concerning vampires, aliens, and ghosts? What are today’s readers to make of Medieval texts of a consciously fictional nature?
Even in 12th Century Britain, the serious author Gerald of Wales could criticise his earlier contemporary Geoffrey of Monmouth for writing lies, yet Gerald himself delights in tales of demons and enchantment.
Film and literature’s fascination with the supernatural is no less complex today: Whether ‘weird fiction’, Hollywood’s fairy tale reboots, ancient evils of Lovecraftian horror, literary mysticism, the vampires and werewolves of the Twilightbooks and movies, or the vengeful ghosts and giant monsters that wreak habitual destruction in Japanese cinema, popular culture has never been more magical.
Talks, exhibits, and excursions
29 – 30 March will feature presentations by academic delegates on the subject of the supernatural in literature and film. It will also be possible to hear talks from the conference Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural. There will also be talks and readings by authors of supernatural fiction as well as the possibility of purchasing books and films at exhibition tables.
On 31 March, delegates will have the opportunity to take part in excursions outside of the town of Lerwick and other events.
Attendance, call for papers, & presentations
If you are interested in giving an academic presentation, please send an abstract (150−200 words) and biography (max. 100 words) to the convenor Adam Grydehøj. All abstracts are subject to peer review, and selected papers will be collected for publication. Note that the oral presentations on 29 – 30 March will be delivered to a mixed audience of academics and non-academics. Proposals for organised panels of three to four presentations are welcome: To propose a panel, please e-mail the convenor abstracts and biographies for all of the papers in the proposed panel.
If you are interested in giving a talk as a practitioner (author or filmmaker) and/or in having your products for sale in the exhibitors’ area, please contact Adam Grydehøj at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.