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CFP: Horror is Where the Heart Is - Deadline: 08/01/2017
« on: July 02, 2017, 07:12:09 PM »
CFP: Horror is Where the Heart Is: Representations of Home in the Horror Genre

Conference: 2017 Film & History Conference
Conference Location: The Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, WI (USA)
Conference Dates: November 1-5, 2017

Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2017
Name of organization: Film & History
Contact email:

The horror genre is no stranger to images of home, as even the earliest slasher film, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, interrogates relationships between the maternal, the adult son, and both permanent and temporary home spaces. Carol Clover notes that most horror occurs within a “terrible place,” often a space that represents home, and many horror films further play to fears of how supernatural histories affect one’s home space and its comforts.

How do our understandings of home shift within the horror genre when “home” might mean a host’s body, a coffin, a sideshow, a hotel, another country, a tent, a mall, or any space that provides security during, say, a zombie apocalypse or vampire attack. What happens to notions of home when it is the site of physical or psychological violence or contamination? This area seeks to engage with the spectrum of these representations of home within the horror genre.

Papers might explore topics including but not limited to:

* Haunted Houses in horror films
* Psychological states projected onto home spaces
* The womb as horrific home
* Familial relationships in horror
* Cultural differences in the construction of home spaces within the genre
* The hotel or hostel as a transitory home site
* Invasive species as threats to the home
* How the idea of home blurs seemingly well-defined lines or disrupts traditions or constructions of power within homes
* Gendered or racially defined home spaces as liminal spaces within the genre
* Class relationships as they inform home and horror
* How sites become “home” in relationship to horrific events and their aftermath
* How emotions or bodily responses inform relationships between home and screen
* Historical representations of home and how readings of home may shift over time
Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair: Susan Kerns, Columbia College Chicago,
Michele Brittany