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The Freak and its Discontents - Conference

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Join a gathering of academics, experts and artists to discuss the theme of the FREAK from an interdisciplinary perspective!

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The Freak and Its Discontents - 29-30 October 2019 - Interdesciplinary Conference Trinity Long Room Hub (Trinity College Dublin)

There’s a quality of legend about freaks. Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma.’ -Diane Arbus

What elements of cultural consciousness function to define the other as ‘freakish’? To what extent is ‘the freak’ both exiled from society and an extension of society itself? Which elements of ‘the freak’ are defined by society, and which are self-imposed? Is ‘the freak’ simply a caricatured exaggeration of ‘the other,’ or is it something separate?

The symbol of ‘the freak’ is a transcultural allegory that exists across boundaries of nation and discipline. Often perceived as a bad omen, it serves to inform both the pejorative representation of the other and our understanding of the mainstream society which deems the ‘freak’ as Other. A cross-disciplinary study of what society finds shocking illuminates the cultural norms that the hegemony considers its constituent pieces. A curiosity or willingness to study the heteroglossia outside of this constituency offers a unique opportunity to expose elements of such hegemonic structures that might otherwise be taken for granted and raise a critical awareness of the processes that define ‘normalcy’ and freakishness.

Funded by the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, The Society for French Studies, The Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies and the French Department at Trinity College Dublin, this graduate conference will explore the concept of the freak in relation to Literature, Cultural Studies, Film, Philosophy, Literary Theory, History, Anthropology, History of Art, Drama, Theology, and Folklore.

Our Keynote speakers will be:

Oxford Professor Wes Williams (29th October) and Emeritus Professor from Trinity College Jean-Paul Pittion (30th October).

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