CFP: Body Horror: Contagion, Mutation, Transformation

Call for Presentations: 2nd Global Conference, Body Horror: Contagion, Mutation, Transformation, Friday 1st November 2013 – Sunday 3rd November 2013, Athens, Greece

The body. My body. This thing which is with me all day, every day, from my birth to my death. This flesh which is me. My intimate life-long friend. In our day-to-day living we have no reason to question or to doubt our bodies. Until the bond of trust is shaken or broken. Something happens. To my body. Something inside: going wrong. A betrayal: a turning against: an unwelcome and unwanted change. From which there is no escape, no running away, nowhere to hide. This is happening to me. This inter- and transdisciplinary forum aims to explore the many layers and levels of body horror, and the ways in which bodies can become horrifying. Given the diversity and scope of this theme we welcome

  •  ~ papers, panels, workshops, reports
  • ~ case studies
  • ~ performance pieces; dramatic readings; poetic renditions; short stories; creative writings
  • ~ works of art; works of music

Key aspects for discussion will include, but not be limited to:

  •  -Biological horror. Organic horror
  • -Betrayal; the body turns against you
  • -Something inside; no escape
  • -Change and transformation: the role of time
  • -Pain, suffering, agony, the scream, contortion, mutation and mutilation
  • -Obscene bodies
  • -Disease. Infection, contagion, invasion, virus, the parasite
  • -Surgery, cosmetic surgery, body sculpture; huffing, tattooing, piercing; body art
  • -Pleasure, perversion, fetish
  • -Deformity; disability, affliction
  • -Hybridity
  • -Violence, brutality, torture
  • -Rape
  • -Innards, guts, organs
  • -Dismemberment; instruments of the body’s destruction
  • -Wounded bodies, dying bodies
  • -Post body horror

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers and presentations will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted by Friday 14th June 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper, if appropriate, should be submitted by Friday 13th September 2013.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract. E-mails should be entitled: Body2 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). 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: Nadine Farghaly: | Rob Fisher:

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. For further details of the conference, please visit:

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