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Global Horror

Call for Papers

Theme: Global Horror
Subtitle: Local Perspectives
Type: Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Progressive Connexions
Location: Lisbon (Portugal)
Date: 4.–5.4.2020
Deadline: 8.11.2019

Horror pervades human experience. It affects us both as individuals
and as members of social communities, it is recurrent in pop culture
and arguably present in all fields of human knowledge and realms of
storytelling, from Cronus eating his own children, to Freddy
Krueger's sadistic murders in A Nightmare on Elm Street to media
coverage of war. As a fundamentally paradoxical concept, horror
simultaneously repels and fascinates us: we naturally dread it, yet
we are drawn to it. We are taught to avoid that which is horrifying,
but the appeal of horror, whether in the form of fiction or
sensational news, is irresistible. Indeed, we simultaneously narrate,
describe, imagine, consume, dread and crave horror in all of its
dimensions, and with the most varied goals.

Horror taps into primal emotions of fear and disgust that are
universal to the human condition, and finds expression across
cultures and historical periods. Yet the texts that shape the ways in
which horror is broadly understood historically reflect predominantly
Anglo-European and American cultural, social, historical and
geographical contexts.

Growing awareness and appreciation of the rich horror traditions of
other countries around the world, including Japan, Korean, India,
Brazil and Ecuador, has highlighted the importance of considering
horror in a global context. Accordingly, the Global Horror: Local
Perspectives Project provides a platform for exploring the ways in
which horror motifs and themes are expressed through the 'local
perspectives' that inform the creative practices and daily life of
particular nations and cultures.

It is not the intent of the Project to exclude Anglo-European and
American perspectives from the conversation of global horror but
rather to centre other horror traditions which have frequently been
de-centred or completely overlooked in the past. The scope of the
Project therefore includes work that explores marginalised local
perspectives within Anglo-European and American horror, and work that
examines Anglo-European and American horror from a global perspective
with a view to forming an innovative interdisciplinary publication to
engender further research and collaboration.

Key Topics

Horror manifests itself in myriad ways, with ramifications that
transcend the lines that demarcate disciplines, subjects and
professions. It is only through interdisciplinary engagement that we
can develop a more complete understanding of the mechanisms that
nations and cultures around the world use to express, process, and
cope with horror. The conference therefore offers a springboard for
participants from diverse professions, practices and walks of life to
engage in interdisciplinary dialogues on topics that include:

- Case studies of un(der)-represented horror traditions in nations
 and cultures
- How the history, religion, cultural norms of a nation/culture
 influence local perceptions and representations of horror in
 literature, film, television, music, art and videogames
- Impact of digital technology on creating and disseminating local
 perspectives on horror
- How globalisation as a cultural and economic force influences
 'local perspectives' on horror
- Creative practitioners whose work shapes local perspectives on
- Dark humour and making fun of global horror
- Connections between horror in everyday life and fictional horror
- Impact of real or fictional global horrors on individuals (mental
 illness, trauma, nightmares, other physiological symptoms)
- Horror in religious/spiritual systems (martyrdom,
 grotesque/monstrous deities, rituals, etc.)
- Social practices associated with horror: cannibalism,
 (self-)mutilation, abusive rites of passage, suicide, heresies
- Horror in nation-building (slavery, war, genocide, etc.)
- Medical/clinical perspectives: interfaces of horror and medicine;
 dealing with patients struggling to cope with horrifying experiences
- Educational perspectives: how the curriculum shapes perceptions of
 horror, its uses and its impacts; horror in children's
 stories/horror as pedagogical tool, etc.
- Commodifying horror: dark tourism, etc.
- Technology as agent of horror (weapons, dissemination of fear, etc.)
- How national and international law facilitate and mitigate horror
- Activism as response to horror
- Horror and the media: news coverage, sensationalism
- Horror and space: streets, cities, towns, buildings, deserted areas
- The design of horror: images, branding, advertisement, commercial
 campaigns involving horror
- Urban legends and local horrors
- Best practice for researching and studying global horror
- Interdisciplinarity as a tool to overcome the indescribability of

What To Send

The aim of this inclusive interdisciplinary conference and
collaborative networking event is to bring people together and
encourage creative conversations in the context of a variety of
formats: papers, seminars, workshops, storytelling, performances,
poster presentations, panels, q and a's, round-tables etc. Creative
responses to the subject, such as poetry/prose, short film
screenings/original drama, installations and alternative presentation
styles that engage the audience and foster debate are particularly
encouraged. Please feel free to put forward proposals that you think
will get the message across, in whatever form.

At the end of the conference we will be exploring ways in which we
can develop the discussions and dialogues in new and sustainable
inclusive interdisciplinary directions, including research, workshops
and publications which will help us make sense of the topics
discussed during the meeting.

300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of
contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday 8th
November 2019. Other forms of participation should be discussed in
advance with the Organising Chairs.

All submissions will be at least double reviewed, under anonymous
(blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the
Project Team, The Development Team and the Advisory Board. In
practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is
accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel's decision by Friday 22nd November

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of
your contribution should be submitted by Friday 21st February 2020.

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with
the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b)
affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email
address, d) title of proposal, e) type of proposal e.g. paper
presentation, workshop, panel, film, performance, etc, f) body of
proposal, g) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Global Horror Submission

Where To Send

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair
and the Project Administrator:

Claudio Zanini:

Len Capuli (Project Administrator):

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A fresh, friendly, dynamic format – at Progressive Connexions we are
dedicated to breaking away from the stuffy, old-fashion conference
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expertise (policy proposals, measuring instruments, research
projects, educational materials, etc.) We will support all such
actions in the aftermath of the event as well, providing a platform
for further discussions, advice from the experts on our Project
Advisory Team and various other tools and intellectual resources, as

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Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and
professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should
attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to
make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal
for presentation.

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and
we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel
or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and

Please send all enquiries to the project email address:

For further details and information please visit the conference web page: