A call for papers has recently been announced for the conference "Monstrous Geographies: Places and Spaces of Monstrosity", hosted at Mansfield College in Oxford on 19-21 July 2012.
The event relates to one of eleven wider streams of an At the Interface Domain project on "Evil" seeking to critically engage with the influence and imagery of the monstrous on human culture, and with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The organising chairs are currently seeking 300-word proposals for papers, reports, works-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels on issues relating to an extensive range of themes which includes cosmographies, cartographies, landscapes, temporalities, and monsters on the move.
"What is the relationship between the monstrous and the geographic – those places monsters inhabit but also places that are configured as being monstrous in and of themselves? Places that engage notions of self and otherness, inclusion and exclusion, normal and aberrant, defense and contagion? ... These places raise diverse post-human quandaries regarding necessities in the present leading to real or imagined futures of humanity and habitation."
The organisers intend to release a volume of essays from selected conference papers, most likely joining the At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries series published by Rodopi and Inter-Disciplinary Press.