Call for Papers
First Annual Graduate Symposium and Art Show
April 20, 2013, 1-4pm
Bossier Arts Council
630 Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, Louisiana, 71111
Keynote Speaker: Thomas Dubose, PhD, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University of Shreveport
The Undead: Exploring the Mythologies and Histories of Zombies, Vampires and Ghosts
Submit proposals: firstname.lastname@example.org
This symposium seeks to explore the philosophical underpinnings of stories and images of the undead, which parallel the social, cultural and political concerns of the postmodern era. The topic can relate to the philosophical point of view by emphasizing the aesthetic nature of their representation in a variety of forms, such as: literature, film, visual arts, performing arts, documentary and comedic mocumentary. The writer may also explore the origins of the folklore and how it relates to its modern counterparts, for instance, by comparing, Dracula, the 1897 gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker and the more recent imaginings of vampires by authors like, Charlaine Harris and Anne Rice, Dracula has social implications that no longer translate to a twenty-first century audience, yet conceptually vampires are more popular than ever. Why is this? The psychology of why we, as a culture, need to explore the supernatural is also worth investigating, for instance, does it comfort us to believe in ghosts, and how is this contradictory to some religious traditions concept of the “afterlife”? There are many avenues in which this topic can be explored, the ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between pop culture and serious academic research, so have fun with it, but also treat it as you would any other academic opportunity.
This is an interdisciplinary graduate symposium; all research is welcomed and will be considered by a carefully chosen jury made up of professionals from academia, film, theatre and the visual arts. Your proposals should be at least one full paragraph and submitted digitally no later than December 13, 2012. Please include your name, the name of your present university and the year you received your undergraduate degree and where it is from. We look forward reading your proposals.