Tuesday, November 18, 2008


1st Global Conference
Evil, Women and the Feminine

Friday 1st May - Sunday 3rd May 2009
Budapest, Hungary

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary conference seeks to
examine issues surrounding the conjunction between
evil and the feminine. In many cultures women have
been long suspected as the source of sundry human
miseries, however basic to society they may be. At
the same time as ideals of purity and dedication
to family have been exalted and feminine beauty
lauded, women have been viewed as embodying
sinister forces of evil. Mistrusted as
seductive and beguiling, women are also often
thought of as vengeful, manipulative and even
malevolent. In grappling with our understanding of
what it is to be 'evil', the project aims to shine
a spotlight on this dark area of the human
condition and explore the possible sources of the
fear and resentment of women.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops
are invited on issues related to the following themes:

~ Evil Women and Feminine Evil
~ Representing and Misrepresenting the Female
~ Motherhood; Monstrous Motherhood
~ Monstrous Births and Infanticide
~ Matriarchy / Matricide
~ Devious Sexuality and Feminine Perversions
~ Women and the Abject
~ Menstruation, Castration
~ Fears and Myths: Feminine Blood
~ Anthropological Perspectives
~ Historical Perspectives
~ The Evil Woman in Literature
~ Psychoanalytic perspectives: Vagina Dentata etc
~ Sexualizing the Female or Evil Objectification
~ Jezebel, Delilah, Lilith, Harpies and the Femme
~ The Bitch
~ Women and Power
~ Beauty as threatening or evil
~ Portrayals of Evil Women
~ Fantasy
~ Mythology
~ Vampires, Witches and Sirens
~ Case Studies

Papers will also be considered on any related
theme. 500 word abstracts should be submitted by
Friday 9th January 2009. If an abstract is
accepted for the conference, a full draft paper
should be submitted by Friday 10th April 2009.

500 word abstracts should be submitted to the
Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word,
WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of
abstract, body of abstract

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper
proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply
from us in a week you should assume we did
not receive your proposal; it might be lost in
cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an
alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:

Sorcha Ni Fhlainn
Hub Leader
Project Co-Leader
School of English, Trinity College,
Dublin, Ireland
E-mail: snf@inter-disciplinary.net

Stephen Morris
Hub Leader
Independent Scholar,
New York, USA
E-mail: smmorris58@yahoo.com

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
E-mail: ewf@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the At the Interface
programme of research projects. It aims to bring
together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and exciting. All
papers accepted for and presented at this
conference will be eligible for publication in an
ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and
presented at the conference will be published in
a themed hard copy volume.

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