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International Conference: ‘Narratives of The Therapeutic Encounter : Psychoanalysis, Talking Therapies and Creative Practice’

Proposals for 20-minute papers are sought from researchers, authors, artists, film-makers, and clinical practitioners interested in talking therapies and creative practice for this conference to be held on the 7th-8th of December 2017.

The conference aims to focus on the therapeutic encounter, depicted via the patient’s experience, expressed through the creative act, and as counter-weight to the practitioner’s ‘case study’. This interdisciplinary project seeks to explore the role that the creative arts (literature, film, media, art) have played in offering representations and explorations of minds, and relationships, therapies and mental health, and more pressingly, ill-health.

We encourage submissions that engage with creative output in French, although analysis of other language outputs, and comparative analyses, are also welcomed.

Paper proposals (250-300 word abstract plus bio-bibliography) should be sent to  by 31 January 2017. Expressions of interest, and intention to propose a paper, prior to the deadline, would be welcomed (and would assist with relevant funding applications).

Submissions may cover but are not limited to the questions and topics below

  • Explorations of the concept of ‘theory fictions’
  • Explorations of the relationship between therapy, the imagination and creative practice
  • The healing potential of the intersubjective encounter
  • The place/role of language in the therapeutic setting
  • Depictions/problematisations of madness
  • Self-discovery, and states of ‘not knowing’
  • Creative expression as scriptotherapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Views on/depictions of creativity in relation to containment, sublimation and/or reparation.
  • Boundaries; frames; beginnings, middles and endings; structure, form and formlessness
  • Creativity and play
  • Drama; myth; conflict
  • Listening as ethical act/the listener as witness
  • Monologue and dialogue
  • Privacy and exposure
  • Bearing pain: the patient as sufferer (‘patio’)
  • Depictions of psychoanalysis, and psychiatry, as ideological battlegrounds, as explored and depicted in creative practice.
  • Usage of diagnostic terminology; cultural shifts and blindspots in presentations of altered and disturbed states of mind.

More information, including a conference overview, can be found here.

KCL Book Launch

Book Launch

6.30pm on Friday 9 December, Council Room, King’s College London

 – Ben Hutchinson, Lateness and Modern European Literature (OUP, 2016)

– Karen Leeder (ed.), Figuring Lateness in Modern German Culture, a special edition of New German Critique (2015)

– Gordon McMullan and Sam Smiles, Late Style and its Discontents (OUP, 2016)

The Council Room at King’s is in the original building that faces Somerset House looking west; from the Strand, it’s behind (i.e. south of) the Strand Building, which is the concrete block facing St Mary-le-Strand (the church in the middle of the road). You go through the Strand Building revolving doors and straight on through (walking south) to the King’s Building; then you go up the stone stairs to your left to the next level; head south again and the Council Room is on your right.

2017: A Clarke Odyssey

2017: A Clarke Odyssey, A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, Saturday 9 December 2017

Keynote Speakers: Stephen Baxter
Dr Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge)

Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important British SF writers of the twentieth century – novelist, short-story writer, scriptwriter, science populariser, fan, presenter of documentaries on the paranormal, proposer of the uses of the geosynchronous orbit and philanthropist.

We want to celebrate his life, work and influence on science fiction, science and beyond.

We are looking for twenty-minute papers on topics such as:

• any of Clarke’s publications
• influences on Clarke
• Clarke’s influence on others
• the Second World War
• Sri Lanka/Ceylon
• the Cold War
• adaptations to film, television, radio and comic books – 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Rendezvous with Rama, Trapped in Space, etc.
• collaborations
• A.I. and computers
• alien encounters and first contact
• astronomy, space and space travel
• Big Dumb Objects
• the destiny of life and mind in the universe
• the far future
• futurology
• politics
• religion, the transcendent and the paranormal
• science and scientists
• world government
• Young Adult fiction
• the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for achievements in space and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation awards

Please submit four-hundred-word abstracts and a hundred-word biography to and by 30 July 2017.

The conference will be co-organised by Dr Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent). Further details will be available from

III International Conference Visiones de lo Fantástico: ‘Horror and its Shapes’

III International Conference Visiones de lo Fantástico: ‘Horror and its Shapes’, Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft and Cristina Fernández Cubas

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 28-30th June 2017

Since its birth, the fantastic has been an excellent way to explore our fears of the unknown – “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind”, as Lovecraft stated in his well-known essay The Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927). The aim of the fantastic is to destabilise the codes that we have established to understand and represent the real: when we are confronted with the conflictive coexistence of the possible and the impossible in a realistic world like ours, our certainties about the real stop working. Faced with this, fear is our only defence.

This is the type of experience that we want to examine in this conference. For this reason, we will exclude forms of fear that arise from a natural source (serial killers, terrorism, animal attacks, etc.). Instead, we encourage reflections on the multiple ways through which what we have called “metaphysical fear”– an effect that is inherent and exclusive to the fantastic – is spread, generated by the transgressive irruption of the impossible.

Furthermore, we want to dedicate an important part of this conference to pay tribute to two masters of the fantastic: H.P. Lovecraft, as 2017 will mark the 80th anniversary of his death; and Cristina Fernández Cubas, a key figure of this genre in Spanish literature recently awarded with the Spanish Literary Prize Premio de la Crítica.

Our keynotes will be four specialists in the fantastic, horror and the work of the two authors to whom tribute is being paid: Gilles Menegaldo (Université de Poitiers), Ángeles Encinar (Saint Louis University-Madrid), Paul Julian Smith (City University of New York) and Maria Beville (Limerick Institute of Technology).

The Grupo de Estudios sobre lo Fantástico (GEF) invites the submission of abstracts focusing on Horror and its shapes in modern and postmodern fantastic fiction (20th and 21st centuries), including narrative as well as theatre, cinema, comic, TV or videogames, in any language and from any country.

Main themes:

Theoretical perspectives on horror

The rhetoric of fear

From classical fears to postmodern horror

The monster as the fantastic anomaly

Space as source of horror

Horror and its boundaries

H. P. Lovecraft

Cristina Fernández Cubas

Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words (including title, author and affiliation) must be submitted to: Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016. The organizing committee will notify the reception of proposals, and those accepted will be notified before February 1, 2017. Presentations must not exceed 20 minutes. Languages of communications will be Spanish, Catalan, Galician, English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Any researcher willing to be included in the congress minutes must send their papers within a deadline to be notified. The academic committee will evaluate the papers and select the best proposals for their inclusion in the minutes.

Register: Up until March 15, 2017, registration rate is 90 euros, 50 euros for attendees. After this date and up to June 1, registration fee will be 100 euros, and 60 euros for attendees. Once you have been notified the acceptance of your proposal, you can register via wire transfer to the following account:                                               

Important dates and deadlines:

December 1, 2016: deadline for submission of proposals

February 1, 2017: deadline for notification of acceptance

March 15, 2017: first registration deadline

June 1, 2017: second registration deadline

More information on the conference can be found here.

IES SAS Comparative Modernisms, ‘From Avant-Garde to Architecture (and Back)’

Comparative Modernisms Seminar, Institute of English Studies- School of Advanced Study, University of London.

21 November 2016, Room 246, Senate House, Malet St, London, Room 246, 18:00 – 20:00

Professor Tyrus Miller (University of California-Santa Cruz)

From Avant-Garde to Architecture (and Back)

Abstract: This paper considers the complex interactions of the historic avant-gardes with the symbolic idea, theory, and practice of modern architecture. Considering a number of cases including Malevich, Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Lajos Kassák, Moholy-Nagy, and El Lissitzky, I will discuss and assess Reyner Banham’s classic hypothesis that the avant-gardes played a crucial role for modern architecture in providing an “aesthetic discipline,” from outside of the architectural discipline, to make sense of various technical innovations, new materials, and emergent idioms of design. At the same time, for several avant-gardists architecture was invested with the dream of reinventing a totality lost among the multiplicity of incommensurable metropolitan sign-systems and forms: as a kind of utopian meta-art in which the autonomous languages of the various art-media, and even various extra-artistic dialects and functional idiolects, might be subsumed into a new, architectonic metalanguage assuring inter-translatability and social efficacy.

Tyrus Miller is Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is author of Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts Between the World Wars (U of California P, 1999); Singular Examples: Artistic Politics and the Neo-Avant-Garde (Northwestern UP, 2009); Time Images: Alternative Temporalities in 20th-Century Theory, History, and Art (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); and Modernism and the Frankfurt School (Edinburgh UP, 2014). He is the editor of Given World and Time: Temporalities in Context (Central European UP, 2008) and the Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis (Cambridge UP, 2016). He is the translator/editor of György Lukács, The Culture of People’s Democracy: Hungarian Essays on Literature, Art, and Democratic Transition (Brill, 2012) and series co-editor of Brill’s Lukács Library series.

The seminar is  free and open to all.  However, for reasons of room capacity, please register your participation by contacting  the Seminar convenor, Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou, Visiting Research  Fellow at IES/SAS and Assist. Professor at Peloponnese University at