Preliminary Conference Programme


Thursday 28 April – University of Stavanger


09.00-09.15: Welcome by the Monster Network

09.15-10.45: 1st keynote

10.45 – 11.00: SHORT BREAK

11.00-12.30: Parallel session 1

12.30-13.30: LUNCH

13.30-15.00: Parallel session 2

15.00-15.15: SHORT BREAK

15.15-15.45: Parallel session 3

15.45-16.15: BREAK: coffee and cakes

16.15-17.45: Parallel session 4


19.00: Library event with Tove Kjellmark at Sølvberget

20.00: Conference dinner



Friday 29 April – University of Stavanger


09.00-10.30: 2nd keynote

10.30-10.45: BREAK: coffee

10.45-12.15: Parallel session 5

12.15-13.15: LUNCH

13.15-14.45: Parallel session 6

14.45-15.00: BREAK

15.00-16.00: closing panel


Keynote speakers and artist:

Margrit Shildrick, Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at the unit for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Tema Genus, Linköping University, Sweden. Shildrick is the author of Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (2002), as well as a wide range of scholarly work on questions of embodiment, including Dangerous Discourses: Subjectivity, Sexuality and Disability (2009) and Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)Ethics (1997). Her academic interests include postmodernism, feminism, technologies, bodies, medicine, philosophy of science.


Surekha Davies, Assistant Professor of European History at Western Connecticut State University. Her research interests and areas of publishing include cultural encounters, travel writing, the histories of knowledge and of science, geographical exploration, cartography, monstrous bodies and the history of mentalities c.1400-1800. Davies is the author of numerous articles and the forthcoming monography Mapping the Peoples of the New World: Ethnography, Imagery and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe. Her research interests include cultural encounters, travel writing, the histories of knowledge and science, geographical exploration, cartography, monstrous bodies and the history of mentalities.


Tove Kjellmark is an established artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work investigates what she herself calls Another Nature: A nature that refuses to accept a difference between technological and natural forces, between human life and animal life, and between mechanics and organics. She explores artistic methods to trigger unsettling encounters between non-living artifacts and living agencies.



Update: registration

We’re currently experiencing some technical difficulties with the online registration for the Promises of Monsters conference. As soon as these have been worked out, we’ll post a link to the University of Stavanger’s website, where registration will be possible.


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We have now responded to all abstract submissions

We’ve now responded to all who’ve sent us abstracts.

If you’ve sent us an abstract but haven’t heard from us, send us an email at promisesofmonsters [at] gmail [dot] com.

Keep an eye on this website for updates regarding registration and the conference programme. You’re also welcome to have a look at the Monster Archive for inspiration – perhaps you’d even like to send us a monster or two or your own? Of course you would!


We’re looking forward to seeing you all in Stavanger in April!