An assortment of conference CFPs and calls for articles, plus online events.
1. CFP: Crones, Crime, and the Gothic, In-person Conference, Falmouth University UK, 10-11 June 2022. Deadline: 1 April 2022.
Older women have traditionally been portrayed negatively in folklore, fairy tales, literature and film, for example. Images of witches, evil stepmothers, shrivelled, bitter ‘spinsters’, and vindictive, bullying women abusing positions of power are rife in Western culture. Yet, perhaps things are changing. A new emphasis on the need to discuss and understand the menopause seems to be at the heart of this. This conference examines historical representations of the ‘crone’ in relation to crime and Gothic narratives. But it also looks ahead and globally to examine other types of discourses and representations. Bringing older women to the fore of the discussion, this conference aims to go global and really shake up the way that the ‘crone’ is thought about and symbolized.
2. CFP: ‘Vampires Through the Ages’, The 6th Vampire Academic Conference, The International Vampire Film and Arts Festival and University of South Wales, Insole Court Mansion, Cardiff, Wales, 15-17 June 2022. Deadline: 28 February 2022.
This major interdisciplinary international conference aims to examine and expand debates around vampires in all their many aspects. We therefore invite researchers from a range of academic backgrounds to re/consider vampires as a phenomenon that reaches across multiple sites of production and consumption, from literature and film to theatre and games to music and fashion and beyond. What accounts for this Gothic character’s undying popular appeal, even in today’s postmodern, digital, commercialized world? How does vampirism circulate within and comment upon mass culture?
3. Call for Abstracts: Through the Looking-Glass: A Companion. Deadline for Abstracts: 15 January 2022.
Following the Through the Looking Glass Sesquicentenary Conference, we invite submissions for a Companion to Through the Looking-Glass of short pieces (4000 words), centring around Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, its cultural and adaptation history, and its ongoing relevance until today.
4. Global Blake: An International Online Conference, University of Lincoln & Bishop Grosseteste University, on line, 11-13 January 2022.
Today, Blake’s global presence cannot be underestimated. The aim of this project is to showcase the wide variety of global ‘Blakes’ (after Morris Eaves’s “On Blakes We Want and Blakes We Don’t”, 1995, and Mike Goode’s “Blakespotting”, 2006) and to provide an overview of the appropriations and rewritings as well as examples, that fall into three categories: art, literature and music. It will examine how Blake’s global audiences have responded to his poetry and art as well as explore what these specific, non-British responses and cultural and social legacies can bring to the study of Blake.
As we approach the 2022 Shelley Conference, we invite Shelley scholars, students, and admirers from around the world to take part in #Shelley200. Join us for a series of free online events celebrating Percy Bysshe Shelley’s life, works, and legacy. Book tickets for live events, and view the recordings of past events.
6. BARS Digital Events: Digital Burns Night II, 27 January 2022, 17:00 – 18:30 GMT
After the success of the first Digital Burns Night Supper, this event is returning in 2022. Our virtual Burns Night will follow the order of toasts and entertainments at a traditional Burns Supper to structure an academic event celebrating Burns, Scotland, and Romanticism. We invite the audience to come prepared with examples of poetry to read aloud or perform.
Our participants include Andrew McInnes (Edge Hill University), Jennifer Orr (Newcastle University), Gerard McKeever (University of Stirling), Rita Dashwood (Edge Hill University), Zayneb Allak (Edge Hill University), Ainsley McIntosh (Independent scholar), and Angela Wright (University of Sheffield).