2017 Conference


Fear and Terror: Human Experiences as Old as the World


       The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures is organizing its fifteenth conference at James Madison University with the collaboration of the Departments of English, History, Justice Studies, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Military Science, and Sociology and Anthropology; the Schools of Art and Art History and of Music; and the support of the College of Arts and Letters.  This conference will bring together scholars/researchers and students from a variety of disciplines to explore the role and consequences of experiences and dissemination of Terror and Fear since the beginning of time.   

        Fear and Terror can be seen as the defining experiences and political tools of modernity, shaping discourse, popular culture and public spaces.  These are the times of the “War on Terror”, where terror is politically, culturally and even racially defined.

We invite participants to examine topics such as:

Fear and terror through history; Witnesses of terror; Collective fear, recovery and reconciliation; Children as victims and witnesses of terror; Terrorism across cultures: parallels and differences; The role of the media and technology in the proliferation of hatred, fear and terror; Dehumanization and terrorism.

         In addition we welcome artists, practitioners, performers, and other approaches, such as those from religious environments, lawyers, therapists, and victims/survivors of terrifying events.  We also encourage interdisciplinary research that crosses the divide between the social and natural sciences, law enforcement, medicine, visual arts, literature and popular culture. 

         We are inviting faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, artists, community advocates, and independent scholars and researchers in fields such as English, foreign languages, history, art history, philosophy and religion, music, theatre and dance, political science, psychology, sociology, and the sciences to submit abstracts/proposals and convene panel discussions and/or workshops.  We also encourage participants to organize and chair sessions.

Guidelines for Submitting Abstracts/Proposals

1.      Submit abstracts of about 300 words.

2.      Each abstract should include: title, author’s name, affiliation, address  telephone number and e-mail address. 
         Proposals with multiple authorships should indicate the person to be contacted.

3.      The deadline for submission of abstracts/proposals is March 10, 2017.

4.      Send abstracts/proposals to:
         Dr. Giuliana Fazzion, Conference Program Director 
         Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
         James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

         Tel: (540) 568-6128; Fax: (540) 568-6904; E-mail: 

5.      Proceedings: Abstract/Full text of your paper(s) presented at the conference  
         may also be published in the Proceedings. 
         Upon receiving  acceptance oF your paper, please send a copy of your abstract/full paper to the Proceedings Editor,
         Dr. Stephany Plecker, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
         by no later than March 10, 2017.  E-mail:

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