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Arts and Terror Conference
Hosted by: School of Interdisciplinary Arts
May 15-17, 2009

The conference seeks to examine the relationship between arts and terror through a wide range of disciplines in arts, humanities, and social sciences. What is the nature of terror as it has found and continues to find expression in arts? How do experiences and representations of horror vary across cultural and historical boundaries? What is the connection, if any, between the terrible and the comical, fear and laughter? What are the effects of recurring holocausts and terror campaigns on our artistic sensibilities and projects? Conversely, does artistic engagement with the experience of terror dispel or promote, neutralize or exacerbate our fascination with the terrible? How are contemporary representations and enactments of this fascination related to the aesthetic doctrines of "pity and fear" and the romantic or postmodern sublime? 

The conference is sponsored by the OU College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics, Center for International Studies, the Faculty Research Support Program and the Scripps College of Communication.


Registration is now open - please click here to register online. 

The registration fees are as follows:
$100 for non-OU Faculty
$50 for non-OU Graduate Student
$60 for OU Faculty and Staff
Free for OU Students

Registration can be paid by credit card online, or by check or cash at the opening of the conference during registration. 


On Campus Housing:
Convenient and affordable housing is available on-campus in Fenzel House which is located on South Green of campus for $26.15/person/night for a double and $39.45/person/night for a single. Fenzel is a standard dormitory style housing. Additional rooms may be available in Bromley Hall, located 2 blocks from Baker University Center. Bromley offers standard double suites, VIP suites and rooms available will range in price from $55/night to $100/night depending upon the room type. Please contact Judy Martin - 740/566-9700 to make a reservation for on-campus housing. 

Please click here for more information on room types and pricing. 

Other Athens Hotel Options:
There are a variety of other hotels available in the Athens area. Please see a listing of these properties and the necessary contract information on the Athens Convention and Visitor's Bureau website.


(for the complete schedule and conference program - click here to download)

Friday, May 15
1:30 p.m. - Registration (Baker Center 2nd Floor)

2:30-4:20 p.m. - Panel One: From Text to Spectacle (Baker Center Room 231)

4:30-6:20 p.m. - Artists: Terror in the Arts (Multicultural Center - 2nd floor Baker Center)

6:30-8:30 p.m. - Reception (Baker Center Theater Lounge)

Saturday, May 16
9:00-10:50 a.m. - Panel Two: Music, Terror and Sublimity (Baker Center Room 231)

11:00-12:30 p.m. - Keynote Address (Baker Center Room 242)

12:30-2:00 p.m. - Lunch

2:00-3:50 p.m. - Panel Three: The Body and Death (Baker Center Room 231)

4:00-5:50 p.m. - Panel Four: Creation, Destruction and the Sacred (Baker Center Rom 231)

6:30 p.m. - Dinner (Baker Center Room 242)

Sunday May, 17
9:00-10:50 a.m. - Panel Five: Terror and the Filmic Self (Baker Center Room 231)

11-12:00 p.m. - Roundtable: The State of Terror (Baker Center Room 230)


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