Call for Papers:
An anthology edited by Paul Ramaeker
This edited collection comes out of New Research on Horror, a conference held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, in November of 2016. The conference was a response to horror’s current cultural renaissance across media and platforms, including film, television, comics, videogames, music, literature, and online digital distribution. Despite this, most collections on horror remains confined within disciplinary and medium-based limits. As an intervention into debates and research around forms of contemporary horror, this anthology seeks to look at contemporary international horror from a transmedia , and thus interdisciplinary, perspective. It is in this way that we can best come to grips with horror as a cultural phenomenon of the moment.
The anthology will boast pieces on contemporary horror cinema from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives, including the impact of digital distribution, the resurgence of independent arthouse horror, horror as political and social allegory, and horror and gender; horror media production from the margins of the industry; horror and documentary; “found-footage” horror, online video production and “creepypasta”; and more. However, there are a still a number of avenues left to be explored for the finished collection so as to stress interdisciplinary and transmedia issues.
In order to build a comprehensive and inclusive picture of Horror’s cultural renaissance we now seek additional papers for the collection that cover areas such as those listed below:
Areas of inquiry may include:
-literary horror and adaptations
-horror philosophy/philosophy of horror
-horror on contemporary television and streaming platforms
-horror in comics and comics adaptations
-horror in videogames
-horror tropes in contemporary music, eg., black metal and “hauntology”
-horror, race, gender, and class
-in addition, further work on online horror and contemporary international horror cinema is welcome
Deadline for abtracts is 20 December 2017.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words and biographies of no more than 100 words should be sent to Dr. Paul Ramaeker at
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