Monsters Call For Papers

Monsters: Subject, Object, Abject
April 12th-13th 2012

The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Manchester, United Kingdom

This two-day interdisciplinary, cross-period conference will explore humanity’s perennial fascination with the monstrous. From children’s toys to religious architecture, from medical and legal definitions to Gothic romance – cultural products resonate with fear, obsession and desire for the monster.


Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Monsters in literature, art, music and film
  • Architectural monsters
  • Subjectivity and the monster
  • Objectification and the monster
  • Historical definition of the monstrous
  • Medical and legal monsters
  • Theorizations of the monstrous
  • Mythology, folklore and legends
  • Hybrids and hybridity
  • Cyborgs and the posthuman

Please send 300-word abstracts to the conference convenors by Sunday 1st January 2012.

Following the conference, there will be a two-day public Monsters Convention in Manchester. We would be interested in hearing from anyone interested in offering a talk or seminar at this convention. Please email Dr. Hannah Priest for more info or click here.