Call For Papers – Morbid Curiosity (Journal) & Modernist Intimacies (Conference)

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The United Academics Journal of Social Sciences (UAJSS) invites research papers related to the theme ‘Morbid Curiosity’ from all disciplines within the social sciences. We encourage contributors to address the fascination with death from a cultural, political, economical, historical, literary, social and artistic viewpoint. Topics might include: post mortem photography & paintings; the presentation of death in the media; death, religion and the afterlife; Goth Music & Death Metal (subcultures obsessed with morbidity); taxidermy.

After the successful launch of the United Academics Magazine app, we are currently also developing an app for our journal. Readers will be able to access the tablet edition by downloading the free United Academics Journal of Social Sciences app from the Apple App Store or Google Play App Store. ‘Morbid Curiosity’ will be the first issue our readers can purchase from the Apple App Store or Google Play. By combining academic papers, book discussions, biographies, beautiful illustrations, multimedia content and interactive graphics, we aim to make academic research more accessible.

The interactive edition of our journal will offer its readers an enriched user experience. Readers can tap and swipe for easy navigation and will be able to share stories immediately via social media.


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Friday May 17, 2013.

The Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex (UK)

Responding to recent scholarly constellations of modernism, affect and intimacy this one-day symposium, hosted by the Centre for Modernist Studies at University of Sussex, seeks to explore new ways of thinking about modernist feeling and modernist intimacies. Are there such things as “modernist feelings”? How might different modernist narratives of emotion in psychoanalysis, literary theory, philosophy and medicine be made to collide, disrupt and form new points of contact? How do modernist bodies come together and apart?

We encourage papers from academics at all stages in their career and hope to encourage inter-generational discussions. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Genealogies of modernist affect

- Narratives of (im)personality

- Modernist diaries, autobiographies and letters

- Scenes of intimacy and extimacy in modernist writing

- The role of affect in modernist cinema and/or other visual arts

- Touch, texture, and textuality

- Modernist emotional geographies

- Modernism and affective disorders

- Modernist archives of feeling

- Constructions of publicity and privacy in modernist writing

DEADLINE: Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words (for 15-20 minute papers) and a short biography to Ruth Charnock at: by 11th February, 2013.

Dr. Ruth Charnock

Teaching Fellow in 19th and 20th century literature

Arts B226

School of English

University of Sussex

Ext: 2454

+44 (0)1273 872454

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