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STILL ACCEPTING ABSTRACTS FOR
NEW RESEARCH ON HORROR
An international conference hosted by the Department of Media, Film and Communication at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
16-18 November 2016
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Angela Ndalianis (University of Melbourne),
Assoc. Prof. Kevin Heffernan (Southern Methodist University), and
Prof. Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne)

Horror is currently experiencing a cultural renaissance across media, including film, television, comic books, videogames, music, and literature. Despite this, most scholarship on horror remains confined within disciplinary limits. The conference will contest this by engaging with horror both within and across these media, bringing scholars into an interdisciplinary dialogue. We will look at horror as a transnational, transmedia, transhistorical phenomenon, but with a particular focus on contemporary iterations of the genre.
Areas of inquiry may include:
-Why is horror so popular at this cultural moment? What permutations have risen in the new digital media environment, and what impact have these had on film, television, and literature?
-What forms and conventions of horror predominate, and what are the most notable variations on them?
-What economic strategies subtend current trends in horror? What social and cultural factors inform these trends, their genealogy, and their contemporary relevance?
-What can new research into horror’s affects on its audiences tell us about the historical and contemporary appeal of horror to viewers?
-How can we theorize the aesthetics of horror? How do the aesthetics of horror vary across media and across national boundaries and historical periods?
-How can we map the shifting gender, racial, and class politics of horror?

New Research on Horror will be an interdisciplinary conference that will encompass a broad range of issues that will illuminate both the current state of the genre and the current state of research on the subject. In this way, it will not only engage with but also intervene in contemporary debates around this important cultural phenomenon.

We are still accepting abstracts, and will continue to consider them on a rolling basis.
Paper abstracts of no more than 250 words and bios of no more than 100 words should be sent to Dr. Paul Ramaeker at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
REGISTRATION: $250 waged/faculty; $100 unwaged/student
Early Bird Registration: $200 waged/faculty; $75 unwaged/student

Dunedin is a beautiful small city, located in the South Island of New Zealand. A true ‘university town’, it buzzes with student life and academic activity. It hosts a number of independent art galleries, bookshops and radical institutions. Alongside these cultural sites, Dunedin and its environs offers stunning opportunities for nature tourism and is a perfect taste of New Zealand’s natural beauty. Tramping (hiking) tracks are within easy distance of the town, as is the striking Otago Peninsula, home to albatross colonies and rare penguin breeds.




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