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CFP: Monstrous Media: Hybrids, Aberrations, and Other Unclassifiables

Monstrous Media: Hybrids, Aberrations, and Other Unclassifiables

The NYU Cinema Studies 2014 Graduate Student ConferenceThis year, the NYU Cinema Studies Graduate Student Conference invites papers that focus on Monstrous Media. By ‘monstrous’ we designate that which defies intelligibility, offends taste, or disturbs perception. By ‘media’ we refer to moving image materials from a wide variety of media platforms and networks. Monstrous Media therefore seeks papers on a wide range of subjects: from the affects of shock, revulsion, and terror engendered by horror and science fiction to the freaky fetishes, unseemly desires, and strange bodies that figure in pornography and medical films; from political projects of ugliness, displeasure, and excess in experimental art to off-putting glitches, errors, and interruptions in mass media products; from the miscegenation of media forms and texts by collage and compilation to the scrambling of high and low by YouTube and mixed media practitioners. Equally, the conference invites papers that actively seek to scramble settled histories of film, television, and new media: repressed backstories, disavowed genealogies, and censored celluloid reels.NYU’s graduate program in Cinema Studies invites submissions to our annual student conference Monstrous Media: Hybrids, Aberrations, and Other Unclassifiables hosted at Tisch School of the Arts on February 14-15, 2014.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Transnational horror and science fiction

• Faulty translations and adaptations

• Ethnographic cinema’s monstrous others

•   Controlling the margins of the monstrous (geographically/colonially, metaphorically, etc.)

•   Affects of horror: shock, revulsion, dis-ease and haptic (dis)pleasure• Transmedia hybrids and unholy unions

• Digital aberrations: glitch, exploit, datamosh

• Static and noise on VHS and cassette tapes

• Garbage and collage aesthetics

• Archival unclassifiables and aberrant preservation objects

• Camp and excess

• Eco-horrors: swarms, vapors, and leakages

• Zombies, vampires, and lycanthropes

• Cyborgs, puppets, and automata

• Fashionable monsters, costume design and the grotesque body

• Illness, bugs, viruses, and parasites (para-sites/sights)

Paper proposal submissions (250-300 words) along with a short biographical statement indicating institutional affiliation should be sent by December 2nd, 2013 to

Acceptance notifications for participants will be sent by the end of December.

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