Call for Papers: "Emotions on the Fringes: Marginalised, Monstrous, and Supernatural Emotions" for International Medieval Congress

Published 3 August 2021
The banner of the poster for the conference.

The congress will be held 4th-7th July 2022 in Leeds, and puts its own spin on the IMC 2022 thematic strand 'Borders'.

While the study of emotion in literature has received major scholarly interest throughout recent years, the study of the emotional landscape of supernatural concepts and monsters represents uncharted territory. This session aims to explore the emotions of marginalised communities as well as monstrous and supernatural concepts, the vocabulary of their emotions, their literary functions as well as reactions toward such entities. What emotions are marginalised communities, monsters, and supernatural concepts depicted with? Is there a certain inventory of emotions that such concepts can be said to have ‘traditionally’ been described with? How similar or divergent are these emotions to those of human figures?
In keeping with the IMC 2022 thematic strand 'Borders', this session will explore representations of emotions of supernatural and monstrous concepts as well as other marginalised communities.
Topics may include but are not limited to
• Emotions and feelings of the supernatural, monstrous, and marginalised communities
• Emotional reactions towards supernatural, monstrous, and marginalised communities
• Literary emotional communities on the peripheries
• Semantic dimensions of emotion lexemes
• Comparative study of emotions, feelings, and senses
• Depiction of emotions in textual media and medieval art
Abstracts of no more than 250 words for a 20-minute paper are to be sent to Dr Felix Lummer ( by September 1st, 2021.