OGOM: ‘The Company of Wolves’: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Literary and Cultural Narratives—Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans University of Hertfordshire, September 3-5, 2015
The conference will explore human social existence and its animal substrate . . . the intersection between the human and the wolfishly bestial as expressed in narrative media from a variety of epochs and cultures . . . the development of innovative and creative research and examine the cultural significance of these themes in all their various manifestations.” Such is the promise for the werewolf conference being held at the University of Hertfordshire, England, on September 3rd-5th. How I wish I could attend! A serious, scholarly look at the werewolf in all its myriad forms, with presentations of no less than fifty papers to be presented by PhD students and other experts, all devoted to the subject of Lycanthropy. For the serious werewolf mark like me, this would be paradise.
It won’t be all stuffy classroom material, though. There will be screenings of werewolf films aplenty, and opportunities to make pilgrimages to sites associated with werewolves, such as the grave of Peter the Wild Boy, a feral child captured in Germany. And the name of the organization sponsoring the conference—Open Graves, Open Minds—should suggest that the subject matter, while given proper academic gravitas, won’t be made too serious to still be fun.