CFP: International Gothic in the Neo-Liberal Age

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 18, 2013 in News tagged with

CFP: International Gothic in the Neo-Liberal Age
Edited by Linnie Blake & Agniezska Soltysik Monnet
The explosion of interest in the gothic in recent years has coincided with a
number of seismic political changes that have reshaped the world as we know it:
the fall of the communist bloc, the revolution in information and communication
technologies, the emergence of biotechnologies, the proliferation of
transnational corporations and, since 2001, the US-led ‘War on Terror.’ Each is
itself underscored by the rise to global predominance of economic
neo-liberalism.
The proposed collection seeks to trace the ways in which Gothic texts have both
represented and interrogated the global changes wrought by neo-liberal
economics since the 1980s. We welcome papers that address themselves to:
· Literature
· Film & Television
· Visual Cultures
· Gaming
· Music
· Fan Cultures.
Topics may include:
· The monster and neo-liberal subjectivity: the zombie, ghost, vampire,
werewolf, serial killer etc
· The human: the neo-liberal body, the impact of biomedical science, the
ethics of healthcare
· The natural: our impact on the planet and the planet’s response; fears of
eco-apocalypse
· Neo-liberal selfhood: gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, class
· Histories: of the gothic, gothic historiographies of the present and the
future
· The socius: population and migration, nationhood, the mass v the elite
· The city: the new gothic metropolis, Green Zone/Red Zone, the refugee
camp, the shanty town
· War: the military-industrial complex, cyber-war, bio-war, the terrorist, the
terrorist state
· The internet & neo-liberal gothic culture; trans-national communications;
fan cultures; online gothic gaming
· The gothic dimensions of the shock doctrine
Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent to L.blake [at] mmu.ac.uk and
a.soltysikmonnet [at] unil.ch by 30 January 2014.

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