2017 CFP

Fear 2000: 21st Century Monsters

Sheffield Hallam University – 21-22 April, 2017

Abstracts due: 13 January, 2017

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers and 90 minute panels for the second Fear 2000 conference at Sheffield Hallam University – Fear 2000: 21st Century Monsters. Hosted by staff and postgraduate students in the Department of Humanities, the conference will investigate the function of monsters in twenty-first century horror cinema and television.

Several papers delivered at last year’s inaugural conference, Fear 2000: 21st Century Horror, discussed the implications of popular monsters in the new millennium. We heard tales of ghosts in the machine, restless spirits in the Old West, demons invading the household and rat people running amok on city streets, while Stacey Abbott’s keynote on the millennial vampire and zombie suggested that the two monsters are increasingly becoming indistinguishable from one another in aesthetic and cultural terms.

But while some monsters have begun to blur into others as the tropes and conventions that have traditionally defined them have shifted and evolved, others have experienced a popular resurgence: the past five years have seen a renewed and particularly keen interest in witches and werewolves, both as prolific figures in popular culture and as the subjects of academic study. And, of course, the post-2000 horror film has also witnessed the birth of several new creatures in critically lauded fare such as It Follows (2014) and The Babadook (2014), while yet more monsters, chiefly The Slender Man, have crawled from the depths of the internet to become the stars of YouTube serials and HBO documentaries.

We seek papers that will investigate monsters in 21st century horror cinema and television from a range of perspectives and will contribute to the scholarly understanding of monsters and the monstrous in millennial screen studies. The conference will take place 21-22 April 2017, with some of the programme dedicated to relevant screenings; there will be no extra cost to attend these.

The deadline for proposals is 13 January 2017. For twenty minute papers, please submit a short bio and a 300 word abstract including your name, the title of your paper, institutional affiliation and any technological requirements to Craig Ian Mann (c.mann@shu.ac.uk), Rose Butler (rose.butler@shu.ac.uk) and Shelley O’Brien (dssob@exchange.shu.ac.uk).

We are also seeking proposals for panels of three people; if you would like to propose a panel, please keep submissions to a maximum of 1000 words and include abstracts, institutional affiliation, technological requirements and contact information for all speakers and a chair (if applicable). Panels should be planned for no more than 90 minutes in total and accommodate time for questions.

Please direct any informal enquiries to the above email addresses. You can also find updates on our Facebook (facebook.com/Fear2000), Twitter (@SHUFear2000) and website (blogs.shu.ac.uk/fear2000). Please note that this conference will be primarily concerned with cinema and television. Papers and panels with a strong focus on screen media will be given priority.

We are employing a broad definition of the term ‘monster’ and would be happy to receive proposals on figures including (but not limited to):

  • Vampires
  • Zombies
  • Werewolves
  • Frankenstein’s monster
  • The Mummy
  • Witches
  • Ghosts
  • Ghouls
  • Demons
  • The Devil
  • Doppelgangers
  • Parasites
  • Mutants
  • Invisible Men
  • Extraterrestrials
  • Gill-men
  • Krampus
  • The Wendigo
  • Robots and A.I.
  • Monstrous animals
  • Monstrous children
  • Sirens, Succubi and Inccubi
  • Kaiju and other giant monsters
  • Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch and Yowie
  • Giants, trolls and other folkloric creatures

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