Wednesday, 20 November 2013

A Fiend in the Furrows - Folk Horror conference in Belfast

Great looking conference coming next year....

From their website:
‘A Fiend in the Furrows’ is a three-day conference in association with the School of
English and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast, exploring ‘folk horror’ in British and Irish literature,
film, television, and music. The event will include academic papers, film screenings,
musical performances, and readings.

Supernatural and horrific aspects of folklore inform the Gothic and weird writings of
M.R. James, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood, where philosophical and
religious certainties are haunted and challenged by the memory of older cultural
traditions. Folklore has a profound and unsettling impact on the imaginative
perception of landscape, identity, time and the past. Folk memory is often
manifested as an intrusive and violent breach from an older repressed, ‘primitive’ or
‘barbarous’ state that transgresses the development of cultural order. Gothic and
weird fictions are burgeoning as the focus of serious academic enquiry in philosophy
and literary criticism, and the genres continue to have an impact on popular culture.

Through the writing of Nigel Kneale and Alan Garner, among others, the tradition
has influenced British and Irish horror cinema and television, being revived and reimagined in films such as Quatermass and the Pit (1967), The Devil Rides Out (1968), Witchfinder General (1968), Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971), The Wicker Man (1973), and more recently in Wake Wood (2010) and Ben Wheatley’s Kill List (2011) and A Field in England (2013). The conference will examine ‘folk horror’ texts, films and music in their period context and the implications for British and Irish culture’s understanding of their own unsettled pasts.

Proposals are welcomed for presentations that engage with various aspects of ‘folk horror’ from researchers in the disciplines of Literature, Film Studies, Music, Drama, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Folklore, Geography, Art History, Philosophy and Theology. Presentation topics may include (but are not limited to):
Late 19th century Gothic literature
Early 20th century weird fiction
Modernism and weird fiction
The ghost story
Contemporary horror and fantasy fiction
Children’s literature
Folklore collectors and redactors
Folklore and the supernatural
Primitivism, atavism, degeneration
Rural and urban folklore
Horror cinema and television

Anyone interested can submit a 300 word abstract together with a brief biography to: – by 1st June 2014.

1 comment:

  1. Mentioned your blog in a write up


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