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The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture (International Online Conference)

Deadline Abstract

The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture
International Conference

14-15 August 2021 – London/Online
organised by
London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research

The twentieth-century literature and culture tended to explore and to celebrate subjectivity. But this tendency did not mean the turn to the self, but beyond the self, or as Charles Taylor puts it, “to a fragmentation of experience which calls our ordinary notions of identity into question”. 

In his attempts to define the uncanny Freud asserted that it is undoubtedly related to what is frightening – to what arouses dread and horror. It may be something domestic but at the same time unfriendly, dangerous, something that sets the sense of insecurity within the four walls of one’s house. “Persons, things, sense-impressions, experiences and situations which are known and long familiar arouse in us the feeling of danger, fear and even horror. Everyday objects may suddenly lose their familiar side, and become messengers”.

The uncanny suggests an unsettling of the feeling of comfort and reassurance in one’s home, but also in oneself. Architecture takes the place of psychology (Kreilkamp). The perturbed relationship between the characters and their familiar world, the troubled sense of home and self-certainty is a result of a traumatic experience of loss.

In the new literary and artistic discourse authors tend to depict the new human being, “psychologically deep and multi-layered, fragmentary, floating on sensation and consciousness, fed by their random thoughts and their half-conscious dream worlds” (Bradbury). The new style relies on fragments, breaks, ellipses and disrupted linearity of the narration. It serves to convey the idea of the fractured character of modern time and fragmentariness and allusiveness of subconscious thought. As “an externalization of consciousness”, the uncanny becomes a meta-concept for modernity with its disintegration of time, space and self.

This conference seeks to explore the representations of the uncanny in language, literature and culture. Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

uncanny geographies
uncanny technologies
the uncanny and visual tropes
the uncanny and postcolonialism
the uncanny and gender studies
the uncanny and sexuality

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different fields. We invite proposals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, literature, linguistics, etc.

Paper proposals up to 250 words should be sent by 10 June 2021 to: Download paper proposal form.

Registration fee – 90 GBP

Quelle der Beschreibung: Information des Anbieters


Literatur aus Großbritannien und Irland, Gender Studies/Queer Studies, Literatur und Psychoanalyse/Psychologie, Literatur und Soziologie, Literatur und Kulturwissenschaften/Cultural Studies, Literatur und Anthropologie/Ethnologie, Literatur und Medienwissenschaften, Comic, Kinder- und Jugendliteratur, Stoffe, Motive, Thematologie, Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts, Literatur des 21. Jahrhunderts
Das Unheimliche ; Horror ; Schrecken ; Linguistik




London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research


Datum der Veröffentlichung: 26.04.2021
Letzte Änderung: 26.04.2021