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[cfp] "Monsters in the Margins" April 13-15, 2012 (Updated!)

Posted 13 Feb, 2012

UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels (10th Anniversary Event!)

The first UF conference on Comics and Graphic Novels was held in 2002. We ask that you come join us to celebrate our conference's anniversary at "Monsters in the Margins," which will be held on April 13-15.

In any crisis, whether economic or cultural, there is a sense of an unimaginable danger right around the corner. These unknown and unfathomable terrors fascinate the imagination and dramatically play out our anxieties in a more cognitively relatable form—we attempt to embody them, to transplant them, or to make them somehow tangible—yet the underlying terror persists. The narratives and mediums we channel our terrors into become our monsters.

In the midst of the first true economic crisis of the 21st century, we return to these sites with renewed curiosity. How can we depict the sublime terror of our anxieties? How can we convey our unabashed horror through image and text, and communicate those feelings? Why do we keep trying to re-imagine the same monstrous templates, especially when the tools of a craft are perpetually unable to represent the unimaginable?

The 9th University of Florida Comics Conference hopes to address these issues by welcoming any and all explorations into the representation of monsters and the monstrous in a visual/textual form. We are especially interested in how text augments the imaginative image (or vice versa) and approaches horror in ways that help the conscious mind endure and (hopefully) resolve the trauma that the unknown antagonizes within us. From traditional genres to new horizons of horror, we seek to examine the monsters of media and attempt to understand how the medium influences the message.

The "monsters" in our conference's title are open for interpretation. Presentations do not need to address the literal representation/illustration of monsters (e.g. zombies, vampires and werewolves, oh my!), but they should address the presence (or absence) of the monstrous, traumatic or unsettling.

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