CALL FOR PAPERS
Devil 2024 Conference
15-18 May 2024
University of King’s College,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Francesca Stavrakopoulou University of Exeter, UK
W. Scott Poole College of Charleston, US
Keynote Panel, “the Satanic Renaissance”
Joseph Laycock, Texas State University
Ross Blotcher, co-host of “Oh No, Ross and Carrie”
Julie Exline, Case Western University
Michelle Brock, Washington and Lee University
“The Devil 2024” conference explores the nature, significance, and operation of demonism and demonization across the western tradition. The conference will bring together scholars interested in the social and cultural construction of the devil and the impact of demonism across different chronological periods and from diverse methodological backgrounds. It aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue that addresses challenging questions about how notions of the demonic are shaped by cultural priorities and anxieties, by professional discerners and the media, and by discourses of fear and safety.
“The Devil 2024” will investigate why these images repeat through the ages and why they continue to have still have resonance in the modern world.
The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers, for panels (generally consisting of three papers), and workshops or round-tables dealing with any aspect of demonism and its manifestation in the western tradition.
Themes may include but are not limited to:
Binaries and contrarieties
Colonialism and demonism
Constructions and reconstructions of the demonic
Demonic and authority
Demonisation and its application
Demonism and the pursuit of knowledge
Demons and panics
Demons and the environment
Devil, exclusion and social cohesion
Devil, perception and cognition
Devil in the media and popular culture
Diagnosing, engaging and challenging the demonic
Gender, power and social order
Inversions and subversions
Representations of the devil
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted through our online submission portal at https://devil2024.co/ by 15 October 2023.
Halifax (pop. 500,000) is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. It is serviced by direct flights from Boston, New York, London, Montreal, and a number of other major North American and European cities. It has a range of services and attractions and has become a leading regional centre for dining and entertainment. The temperature in May generally ranges from 7C (44F) to 15C (59F).
Programme Committee: Michelle D. Brock (W&L Univ.), Peter Dendle (Penn State, Mont Alto), Sarah Hughes (Temple), Vera Kirk (Univ. of Malta), Kathryn Morris (Univ. of King’s College), Richard Raiswell (Univ. of Prince Edward Island), David R. Winter (Brandon Univ.).