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About Gothics: Imagery, Horror, Cruelty
Lódz, May 2001


Call for Papers
An International 
and Interdisciplinary Conference: 

About Gothics: Imagery, Horror and Cruelty 
(Lódz, May 15-18, 2001)


'Gothic' is one of the literary terms having a tendency to broaden their meaning.
We would like to address a wide range of issues inspired by Gothics or, in
different ways, tied to them. Recently, in popular culture (especially among
youths), one can observe a growing interest in some motives connected with the
Gothic. It is an interesting phenomenon from perspectives of various disciplines.
Hence we decided to organise an interdisciplinary conference, in which
philologists, theorists of film, anthropologists, philosophers, historians of the
arts, psychiatrists and others could participate.

We are interested in:
- rather Gothic inspirations, not strict Gothic conventions
- Gothic forms: the classical Gothic novel, horror stories, ghost stories, horror
  film, Gothic music, horror drama and cruelty theatre
- Gothic motives in the contemporary culture (in literature, the arts, film,
  theatre, advertisement, music and its surroundings) e.g. hunted castles, houses,
  dungeons, labyrinths, intimidated and persecuted women and children, human
  beings in madness, paranoia etc.), ghosts, vampires, werewolves, images of death
- Gothic aesthetics: artistic representations of cruelty and violence, and other
  ways of artistic evocation of horror
- Gothic theology: interpretation of the supernatural and its comparison with
  other spheres of culture
- Gothic anthropology: a function of representations of cruelty and horror in
  different cultures
- psychology of horror and cruelty
- philosophy of fear and cruelty
- national and international approaches
- monographic as well as comparative approaches, comparing different media,
  genres, arts and cultures
- theoretical and historical approaches

Keynote speakers:	Manuel Aguirre, 
			Alina Kowalczykowa
			Lars Loennroth
			Charles Russell
			
Conference language: English and Polish Deadlines:  
		January 31 - deadline for submitting a brief information on the
content of a 20-min. presentations (the registration form reaches the organisers)
		February 28- acceptance of a presentation 	
		March 31 - deadline for submitting abstracts of 20 minutes
presentations (in English, up to 500 words)

Conference co-ordinators: Dr. Agnieszka Izdebska (tel. +48 (0) 42 654 42 47), Dr.
Jaroslaw Pluciennik (tel. +48 (0) 42 617 13 42, e-mail:
jarrek@krysia.uni.lodz.pl).

Department of Theory of Literature, Theatre and Film
University of Lódz
ul. Sienkiewicza 21
PL 90-114 Lódz, Poland

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Registration Form

An International Interdisciplinary Conference 

About Gothics: Imagery, Horror, Cruelty 
(Lódz, 15-18 maja 2001) 



Name (with title): 

Address, telephone, e-mail:




Title of  presentation:


Content:



Please confirm the equipment you will need: 


Registration Fee: 60 ZLP (ca 13 USD) (includes the conference materials, coffee,
tea, and refreshments during days of the conference). Paid after arrival to the
organisers.

We would like to reserve for you banquet, lunches and dinners at the Conference
Center:

May 15,  2001 	lunch 20 NZL				Yes		No
			dinner 18 NZL			Yes		No

May 16,  2001	lunch 20 NZL				Yes		No
		banquet 50 NZL				Yes		No

May 17,  2001	lunch 20 NZL				Yes		No
			dinner 18 NZL			Yes		No

May 18,  2001	lunch 20 NZL				Yes		No
			dinner 18 NZL			Yes		No

Vegetarian meals, please		.		Yes		No

Please, reserve a place at the Conference Centre:

Place in a room  for 1 person		70 NZP  	Yes		No 
or higher standard			70NZP 		Yes		No
Place in a room  for 2 persons 	50 NZP 			Yes		No
or higher standard			70 NZP 		Yes		No
2-person room for  1 person		80 NZP 		Yes		No
or higher standard			110 NZP		Yes		No

Please, book the place for the following days:

May 14,  2001 						Yes		No

May 15,  2001 						Yes		No
								
May 16,  2001						Yes		No
		
May 17,  2001						Yes		No
			
May 18,  2001						Yes		No
		
Check in is at 14, check out at 12.  Sessions will end in the afternoon on the
18th of May.

Please send the registration form to the address of either conference
co-ordinators. It can be faxed as well. Please, do not send it by e-mail. Beside
this, we encourage all correspondence by e-mail.

Dept. of Theory of Literature, Theatre and Film
University of Lodz
ul. Sienkiewicza 21
PL 90-114 Lodz, Poland

Conference co-ordinators: Dr. Agnieszka Izdebska (tel. +48 (0) 42 654 42 47), Dr.
Jaroslaw Pluciennik (tel. +48 (0) 42 617 13 42, e-mail: jarrek@krysia.uni.lodz.pl).