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Fear 2000: 21st Century Monsters
Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 08:45 – Sat, 22 Apr 2017, 20:30 BST
An international conference being held at Sheffield Hallam University on 21-22 April 2017, focused on monsters in twenty-first century horror cinema.
Several papers delivered at last year’s inaugural conference discussed the implications of popular monsters in the new millennium. We heard tales of ghosts in the machine, restless spirits in the Old West, demons invading the household and rat people running amok on city streets, while Stacey Abbott’s keynote on the millennial vampire and zombie suggested that the two monsters are increasingly becoming indistinguishable from one another in aesthetic and cultural terms.
But while some monsters have begun to blur into others as the tropes and conventions that have traditionally defined them have shifted and evolved, others have experienced a popular resurgence: the past five years have seen a renewed and particularly keen interest in witches and werewolves, both as prolific figures in popular culture and as the subjects of academic study. And, of course, the post-2000 horror film has also witnessed the birth of several new creatures in critically lauded fare such as It Follows (2014) and The Bababook (2014), while yet more monsters, chiefly The Slender Man, have crawled from the depths of the internet to become the stars of YouTube serials and HBO documentaries.
Fear 2000 will investigate monsters in 21st century horror cinema and television from a range of perspectives and will contribute to the scholarly understanding of monsters and the monstrous in millennial screen studies.