Underground Imaginaries

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Underground Imaginaries

In this in-person conference, we invite comparative literature contributions that engage with the rich imaginaries of the underground.


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Wed, 24 May 2023 09:00 - Fri, 26 May 2023 12:00 CEST


Alcalá University s/n Plaza de San Diego 28801 Alcalá de Henares Spain

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In this conference, we invite comparative literature contributions that engage with the rich imaginaries of the underground, which may include reflections on:

  • Theory of human spatiality in its relationship with the literary symbols of the underworld (verticality and descent, spatial symbols ofregeneration and epiphany, zeniths and nadirs)
  • Literary Urban Studies on subterranean cities (utopias, dystopias,Atlantis), underground urban architectures (sewers, bunkers and bombshelters, catacombs, ghost metro stations, domestic undergrounds),urban countercultures.
  • Mobility Studies focusing on tunnels, underground portals, lifts, stairs,escalators, excursions, rites of passage, transitions and borderlands.
  • Migration Studies and literary rendering of journeys, hiding, exile,trafficking, smuggling, GBV.
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies on dissident sexualities and their relation to the underground (sex parties, public sex, cruising, sex workand prostitution).
  • Night Studies dealing with nocturnal regimes and their aestheticrepresentations of illegality, danger and the taboo.
  • Necropolitics: burial grounds, inhumation/exhumation, mass graves,ossuaries, mourning, subterranean genealogies, archives, ruins.
  • Mythical approaches to hidden geographies and folklore of theunderworld (infernos, caves, labyrinths, cenotes, Aos sí, selkies).
  • The symbolic underground and mental health from a MedicalHumanities perspective (depression, trauma, psychoneuroses,paraphilias)
  • Anthropocene and Capitalocene: ecocriticism, geological strata,underground landscapes.Translation / Reception Studies that engage with censorship,propaganda, underground rallies and protests, resistance movements,underground networks and the dissemination of literature.

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