Gendering the Urban Imaginary: Fantasy, Affect, Transgression

International Conference 12-13 May 2017

University of Debrecen, Hungary Institute of English and American Studies

Keynote speaker: John McLeod
University of Leeds, UK

"Transgression and Tresspass: Gender, Personhood, and the Urban Imaginary"


Ágnes Györke, Senior Lecturer, Department of British Studies
Imola Bülgözdi, Senior Lecturer, North American Department


The Gender, Translocality and the City Research Group based at the University of Debrecen is pleased to announce its second annual conference, which is going to explore the role of gender, fantasy, and emotion in the production of urban space. Papers focusing on urban fantasy in twentieth- and twenty-first-century anglophone literary, visual and cultural studies are invited for presentation, and we also encourage submissions relying on psychogeographical approaches to explore the (post)modern imaginary of city life. Papers investigating the modern(ist) city, postmodern labyrinths, art and the aestheticization of urban space, the playable city, uncanny metropolises, paranormal urban worlds, suburban and subterranean space, spectral cities and fantasy scapes, for instance, are welcome. Presentations addressing "the mutually defining relation between bodies and cities" (Elizabeth Grosz) will be considered as well, especially if focusing on the "atmosphere" (Teresa Brennan) or "sense of place" (Jon Anderson) as the articulation of affective traces which define subjectivities in relation to specific environments. We also encourage submissions on topics such as transgressions, fear, and the city; metamorphoses, enjoyment, and urban space; emapthy and the city; and so on.Theoretical contributions investigating the intersections between affect theory and city studies, including, but not limited to, the works of Sarah Ahmed, Elspeth Probyn, Carolyn Pedwell, for instance, and Michel De Certeau, Elizabeth Wilson, Elizabeth Grosz, etc., are also within our scope of interest.

We particularly welcome submissions exploring gendered readings of the following themes:

  • The imaginary of everyday life
  • Fantasies of corporeality
  • Street art and the aestheticization of urban space
  • The city and empathy
  • The femme fatale and the urban imaginary
  • The ideal city and fantastic dystopias
  • Metamorphoses, enjoyment, and the city
  • Compassion, forgiveness, and the city
  • Nightmare and the city
  • Shame, shaming, and the city
  • Fear, vulnerability, and the city
  • Transgression, terror, and urban space
  • Embodied placemaking and fantasy
  • Virtual geographies: embodiment and affect in cyberspace
  • Urban identities, rootedness and the "sense of place"

Please send 300-400-word abstracts to before 1 March 2017.

dvanced MA and PhD students are warmly encouraged to submit abstracts to present papers in regular sessions, and the conference also aims to provide an opportunity for them to discuss their research projects related to the theme of the call (dissertation proposals, chapters, articles, etc.). Graduate students are invited to organise 60-minute or 90-minute roundtable discussions and workshops with 3-4 participants. Please submit a 400-word proposal about the issues to be discussed, including the format you would prefer, and a 300-word summary of the role of each student in your group (for instance, moderator, respondent, etc.). Final year BA students are invited to showcase their research findings related to the theme of the conference in a poster session. Please submit 200-250-word abstracts outlining the topic to be presented before 6 February. A Q & A session will be organised during the conference to discuss posters.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 1 MARCH 2017 Notification of acceptance: 8 March 2017.

Selected papers will be published in a thematic issue of the Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, a peer-reviewed journal listed by the MLA and available on ProQuest and JSTOR. Early bird registration fee (before 3 April):

  • 30 EUR (normal) / 9300 HUF
  • 20 EUR (students, unwaged) / 6200 HUF
  • 14 EUR (poster presentation and participation) / 4300 HUF After 3 April:
  • 40 EUR (normal) / 12450 HUF
  • 30 EUR (students, unwaged) / 9300 HUF
  • 20 EUR (poster presentation and participation) / 6200 HUF

Partial registration fee waivers are available to participants from low and middle income countries, please apply before 16 March 2017.

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