‘Why Monster Studies Now?’ – Symposium programme

Monday 31 October 12:15-15:00 PM in collaboration with Centre for Gender Research (CGR), University of Oslo



12:15 – 12:20: Welcome
12:20 – 13:20: What is Monster Studies and why (do we) do it? Presentations and discussion by the Monster Network
13:20 – 13:45: Break
13:45 – 14:15: Presentation by artist Liv Bugge
14:15 – 15:00: Why Monster Studies now? Roundtable discussion with the Monster Network and Erika Kvistad

Participation is free, but please register before the 24th of October, so we’re sure to have enough coffee and cake.

About the symposium

In connection with Halloween, the Monster Network and CGR (Centre for Gender Research) invite you to a Monster Studies Symposium!

Monsters and monstrousness have long gone claw in hand with femininity as markers of difference and otherness. The strangeness of the monster, as well as its promises of different futures, has made it a popular figure within much critical theory, not least amongst feminists. Studies and writings on the monster have a long historical trajectory, but currently we are witnessing an unprecedented resurgence of interest in the figure of the monster. Not only has popular culture given rise to ever-increasing representations of monstrosity, but also media and politicians are repeatedly evoking the dreaded monster through descriptions of fearful ‘foreigners’ and ‘terrorists’ who endanger our daily lives. Rapid technological and scientific developments make the monster rear its head: within biotechnology bodies are explored and modified to an extent that challenges our understandings of what is human, what is animal and what is something completely different.

The backdrop for the symposium is the growing, highly interdisciplinary field of Monster Studies. This Halloween symposium will engage with the critical potentials of monsters, develop theories for thinking the monster in our contemporary times, and introduce monster studies to new audiences.

Room: Abels Utsikt (room 1259), 12th floor in Niels Henrik Abels hus

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Image: Hieronymus Bosch. Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights. Image from Wikimedia Commons.


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