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Conference held at The University of Western Australia, the University of Reading, and online

Image: Andie Kolbeck, several jellyfishes, 7 December 2019, Unsplash.

Date: 8–9 September 2022
Venue: The University of Western Australia, the University of Reading, and online
Call For Papers Deadline: The Call For Papers closes on 3 June 2022
Enquiries: monstersconference2022@gmail.com 

Download the Call for Papers


Keynote Speaker

Dr Victoria Flood (University of Birmingham) 

Victoria Flood is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham. She has published widely on medieval romance, and the relationship between magic and geographical and political imaginings in the languages of medieval Britain. Her first monograph, Prophecy, Politics and Place in Medieval England, a comparative study of the uses of prophecy in England, Wales and Scotland, appeared in 2016. Her second monograph, Fantastic Histories, on medieval fairy belief and history-writing, is forthcoming with Manchester University Press. 

Call For Papers

Limina Journal in collaboration with the ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Department of Classics at the University of Reading invites proposals for 20-minute papers or posters from postgraduate and early-career researchers that explore the theme of ‘monsters’.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Monsters in various media and genres (e.g. folklore, mythology, literature, TV, movies, fantasy, horror, etc.)
  • Illustrations or representations of monsters
  • Creation/construction or deconstruction of monsters
  • Adaptation of monsters
  • Monsters and identity
  • The abject
  • Monsters and emotions (e.g. fear, love, etc.)
  • Posthuman, nonhuman, and animal studies
  • Considerations of ‘Othering’
  • Use of ‘monster’ as a descriptive term (e.g. conceptions of appearance and character, such as ‘monstrosities’, ‘ugliness’, ‘deformity’, etc.)

The conference will be split between in-person and virtual presentations at both The University of Western Australia and the University of Reading. We propose to have the conference in early September 2022.

Posters will be available to view online via Sharepoint so attendees can view at their leisure. Presenters will be asked to also send in a short video/audio (max. 5 minutes) explaining their poster which will also be included in the Sharepoint. Presenters will be given the opportunity to present their posters virtually via a Poster Presentation Session during the conference. Posters will be judged by the committee and a monetary prize will be awarded for the Best Poster

Please submit your abstract (max. 200 words) and a short biography (max. 50 words) to monstersconference2022@gmail.com by 3 June 2022. Please also include your preference for presenting at UWA or Reading and in-person or virtually. 

Registration for in-person or virtual attendance to the conference will open in August 2022.