William Peace University Interdisciplinary Conference: October 17 & 18

Exploring the Macabre, Malevolent, and Mysterious

Call for Papers, Demonstrations, and Workshops for the 2019 Conference!

We welcome proposals for paper presentations, demonstrations, and interactive workshops, which meaningfully explore the macabre, malevolent, and mysterious.

The WPU Interdisciplinary Conference seeks to advance collaborative and interconnective understanding on a variety of topics. With a sense of a renewed interest, or perhaps a more mainstreamed acceptance of, the horror genre in American culture, we thought it exciting for this conference to focus on an exploration of the macabre, malevolent, and mysterious. It is our hope that you will join us in bringing together knowledge from diverse disciplines to further the scholarship being done on the myriad of concepts falling within this theme.

Proposal submission deadline notification of acceptance
August 25, 2019 September 1, 2019

registration fee (if accepted): $50

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Conference free to attend for non-presenters.

The 2019 Peace Interdisciplinary Conference

Explore the genre of horror at the 2019 William Peace University Interdisciplinary Conference.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Brendan Jamal Thornton

Dr. Brendan Jamal Thornton, PeaceIC Keynote Speaker.Brendan Jamal Thornton, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and associate professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His ongoing ethnographic research in the Caribbean is concerned with the social and cultural politics of belief and the role religious identity plays in impoverished urban communities.

Well-known for teaching dynamic and inspiring courses that draw on his interdisciplinary expertise across anthropology, folklore studies, sociology, history, philosophy, and psychology, Thornton’s immensely popular classes on evil, supernaturalism, and spirit possession are among the most rousing and sought-after at the university level. He is a specialist in the social science of religion and has lectured widely on topics ranging from gender and conversion to supernatural assault and seduction.

His scholarship is available globally and has been published in Anthropological Quarterly, Religion, Latin American Research Review, and elsewhere. He is the award-winning author of Negotiating Respect: Pentecostalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Spiritual Authority in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida 2016).

Dr. Brendan Jamal Thornton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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