CALL for Abstracts: Seeking Lovecraftian Researchers

16 Nov , 2012  

Seeking new Lovecraft-related research for NecronomiCon Providence, 2013

The Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council, Inc. (the organizer of NecronomiCon Providence) is seeking submissions of academic works that explore all aspects of the works and life of famed weird fiction writer, H.P. Lovecraft, including the influence of history, architecture, science (anthropology, biology, geology, etc), and popular culture (movies, theater, etc), on his works.

We particularly hope to foster exploration of Lovecraft as a rationalist who created an elaborate cosmic mythology, and how this mythology was influenced by, and has come to influence, numerous other authors and artists before and since. However, all submissions that contribute to a greater understanding of Lovecraft and associated authors and artists of “weird tales” (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc) are encouraged.

For this component of the Convention, we are particularly interested in soliciting novel work from young or new academics. If selected, presenters should be prepared to deliver a twenty minute oral presentation summarizing their thesis, and are invited to submit a brief MS for possible inclusion in a proceedings publication.

Selected talks will be presented together as part of a mini-conference within the overall convention framework of NecronomiCon Providence, August 23-25, 2013. Interested scholars, whether faculty, graduate, undergraduate, or independent, should send a 250-300 word abstract, preferably in .doc or .pdf format, to keeper@necronomicon-providence.com by May 23, 2013 for consideration.

For more information on our convention, to learn more about the themes to be explored, and to sign up for email updates, please visit our website: necronomicon-providence.com

NB: In addition to these talks, NecronomiCon Providence will also feature numerous traditional panels and presentations given by many of the top names in the Lovecraftian community.

14 Responses

  1. Sean Robbins says:

    Lovecraft is Amazing. I can remember the first time that i read Necronomicon i as worried that i’d be dragged off and eaten alive!!!
    Many years later i really gave serious thought to the notion of was there any truth to this story. And hat i found out was there were stories from long ago, that told of The Great old Ones and an ancient race .

  2. Lance Foster says:

    Can just imagine… Linguistics: Deep Structure of “Deep One”… Physical Anthro: Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny Revisited… Cultural Anthro: Kinship Chart of the Thousand Young… Archaeology: GIS Conundrum: Phase I Inventory of R’lyeh

    • Keeper says:

      Sounds like you’re on the right path, Lance – get writing! – we’ll expect an abstract from you any day now.
      (As tongue in cheek as these are – we dare to presume! – a couple of these really would be neat. From the files of the Journal of Irreproduceable Results!)

  3. Jack says:

    This it’s an awesome idea!, I’m not a researcher, but i wish I could help in some way.

  4. I’m not strong in ontogeny recapitulations, but if you consider lowering your standards, I might be able to offer a study on sacrificial altars in New England, possible historic uses in an agrarian setting and which might have been visited by ye Olde Gent prior to writing Dunwich Horror.

    Or my indepth study of My Little Pony/Cthulhu fan fiction.

    • Keeper says:

      Sacrificial altars, you say?? Do you actually have a basis for this? If so, and you can pull together something interesting that doesn’t simply reduce down to another version of “No, really, the Necronomicon is REAL and Lovecraft was an occultist of the highest order!!” 😉 then please DO consider submitting something!

  5. let me put it this way. My 2006 book Ancient Stone Sites of New England devoted an entire chapter to explaining the design, function and differences between a cider press stone, a lye stone and a tar kiln. My next book is a Hippocampus release on HP Lovecraft’s visits and literary influences in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. The latter includes an appendix specificically assessing Lovecraft’s visits to area with the altar stones and the possibility of his visiting the North Salem site prior to Dunwich Horror.

    Lovecraft was an atheist and he made up the Necronomicon as a fiction prop. I’m still undecided on the actual use of the sacrificial tables.

  6. Kristine Beskin says:

    I am a recent graduate of Washington College in Maryland, and wrote an Honors Senior Thesis on the para-physical concept of the Dreamlands and alternate dimensional theory in Lovecraftian lore, as well as the concept of the understanding exactly what the Gods are, Lovecraft’s theories on cosmic cynicism, and ultimately how these unique concepts are alive today in popular media such as Warhammer, Mass Effect, and other such science fiction and fantasy mediums.

  7. Keeper says:

    Hello Kristine,
    Thank for the contact – really sounds like you’ve got some great material there for a talk or two. Would you be interested in coming to the convention to deliver one? If so, please send us an abstract as detailed above to keeper@necronomicon-providence.com
    We look forward to hearing from you!

  8. Rob Palange says:

    I am a new academic/researcher working on a larger project but was interested in presenting a paper on the Arcane Literature that is incorporated in Lovecraft’s stories and novellas. One of the major themes in Lovecraft’s work is forbidden knowledge and where that information might lie. How did Lovecraft’s circle of writer friends help him continue with the evil and perils of searching for forbidden knowledge ? What was the influence to create such arcane literature and how did their influence modern writers, game designers and move makers?

  9. Andrew Stanford says:

    I recently finished up writing Division III thesis at Hampshire College entitled “Towards A Lovecraftian Realist Aesthetic of Sonic Horror”. While the work focuses primarily on developing a sonic aesthetic grounded in Lovecraft’s philosophical realism, part of my work involved researching how Lovecraft has come to influence Continental Realism in the 21st century. Would either of these subjects be of any interest?

  10. Andy Troy says:

    I’ve been working for a while on a piece about Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of a Space” and how it relates to contemporary scientific researches in radioactive substances. There is an especial link between the descriptions in “Colour” of the sickening symptoms experienced by the Gardner family and those caused by radiation poisoning, which was a cutting-edge field of research in 1927. I posit a distinct link between scientific findings of the day, which Lovecraft certainly read, and radiation-like characteristics of both the “creature” in the story and its effects on the landscape, vegetation, animals and humans in the duration of the plot.
    I’ll submit a more formalized abstract when I’ve finished the article. 🙂

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