Monday, September 12, 2011

3 conferences you should attend

by J J Cohen

So I am writing or thinking about writing lectures for three upcoming conferences, each of which could use a medieval and early modernist presence (if that's who you are) and welcome theorists of all kinds as well. Please consider submitting a paper for the second and third; you have plenty of time. I leave it to you whether you think my native element more closely resembles NYC, the Orlando Airport Marriott, or Edinburgh -- but I'd be happy to see you at these events.

1. Speculative Medievalisms II. This Friday! (A great thing about this event is that my talk was due to Ben Woodard two weeks ago, so I'm done.)

2. The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts on “The Monstrous Fantastic” (Orlando, March 21-25). Me! And China MiĆ©ville! And Kelly Link! And a midnight reading in a cemetery! I haven't quite chosen my topic quite yet, but it looks like it will involve zombies.

3. Sensualising Deformity: Communication and Construction of Monstrous Embodiment (Edinburgh, June 15-16 2012). An exploration of monstrosity, embodiment, and the senses. This one looks to be interdisciplinary and very cool. And did I mention it is in Edinburgh? The conference has a great blog and is on Twitter. Not sure what I'll do here but maybe something on agalmatophilia. But maybe not; this one needs more thought.

4 comments:

Fridrikr inn gamli Tomasson said...

Sorry to say, I won't be able to attend any of these.

If you speak on Zombies, don't forget the lawyers in Icelandic sagas :)

Jeffrey J. Cohen said...

Fridrikr: oddly enough my point of departure in the zombies piece will be Icelandic revenants, specifically Glam in Grettir's Saga. Who though are the lawyers you are thinking about?

Notorious Ph.D. said...

China MiƩville? Awesome!

Jeb said...

I will catch the Edinburgh one as unlike the rest it is in 10 min. walking distance. Looks fun.