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Vampyrica John-Paul Van-Huysse

John-Paul Van-Huysse




Vampyrica: Sometimes fantasy can be fatal

Paperback: 274 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (27 Oct 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1503003434

ISBN-13: 978-1503003439


Also available on Kindle

Vampyrs are very real. Not the undead creatures of legend but real men and women drawn together by their shared fascination with the sensual and erotic activity of blood drinking. They’re everywhere, including the small university town of Midhampton where Vicky and her new best friend Keith have just moved. But the Vampyrica are into more than just kinky games, led by the mysterious D there is a plan in place and, unfortunately for Vicky and Keith, it revolves around local students. Vicky and Keith, along with their tutor Professor Fathon are soon caught up in the fatal fantasy. How do they face somebody like D and his minions? And what if they come across the vampyr Eve, for whom the Vampyrica is no longer an erotic club but an inescapable trap?





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Conference and Doctoral Workshop

June 4-6, 2015 – St. Maurice, Switzerland


Keynote Speakers:

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington University

Stefan Herbrechter, Coventry University

Margrit Shildrick, Linköping University

Cary Wolfe, Rice University


Organizers: Deborah Madsen, Manuela Rossini, Kimberly Frohreich, and Bryn Skibo-Birney




A highly topical and sometimes contentious notion, posthumanism continues to spark debates as to how it is

and should be defined, particularly in relation to humanism. One might ask whether the posthuman is merely

an imaginative, literary, and/or theoretical figure or if we are already posthuman. Is posthumanism simply

“after the human” or does it speak to a being beyond, above, within, encompassing, and surpassing what we

currently know as “the human”? Moreover, even if we recognize that posthumanism is inextricably bound to

and wound up in humanist discourse, does the posthuman figure effectively open up alternative perspectives

and positions from which to question, to destabilize, and to decenter the human?


These questions permeate contemporary literature, film and television, comic books, video games, social

media, philosophical and theoretical essays in which posthuman figures abound. From avatars and cyborgs to

clones and zombies, the posthuman appears continually to challenge the line dividing the human from the

nonhuman. Whether blurring the distinction between human and machine, human and animal, organic and

inorganic, or the living from the dead, whether destabilizing gender, sexuality, race, class, age, the

mind/body dichotomy, or species categorization, posthumanism points to the ways in which (the exclusion

of) the Other is necessary to the self-bounded identity of the human(ist) subject. More than a contemporary

issue, posthumanism appears whenever “humanness” or anthropocentrism is in crisis, and critics have

accordingly noted the presence of posthumanist thought, themes, and figures not only in postmodern

literature but in much earlier literary periods as well.


The aim of this conference is both to explore the multiple ways in which posthumanism in its various

configurations questions, complicates, destabilizes, and “haunts” humanism and the human, as well as to

discuss theoretical approaches to posthumanism and/or the posthuman. In addition to inhabiting a wide range

of literary periods, genres, and media, posthumanism can also be said to blur the seemingly well-defined

borders between humanities disciplines, lending itself to interdisciplinary approaches involving literary and

cultural studies, media studies, animal studies, and fields like the digital, medical, and environmental

humanities, as well as drawing from multiple theoretical frameworks such as feminism, gender studies, queer

theory, race theory, disability studies, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction.


Please send 300 word abstracts to Kimberly Frohreich ( and Bryn Skibo-

Birney ( by September 15, 2014.


Paper topics can address (but are not limited to) any of the above areas and themes across disciplines, periods, genres, and media.

An additional list of potential paper topics is below:

  • Posthumanist discourse and/or figures in medieval, early modern, modern or contemporary literature
  • Posthuman figures in film and television
  • Posthuman figures in comic books and graphic novels
  • Posthuman figures in contemporary media forms, e.g. video games, social media, etc.
  • Posthumanism and critical animal studies
  • Digital humanities and posthumanism
  • Medical humanities and posthumanism
  • Environmental humanities and posthumanism
  • Postcolonial posthumanism
  • Posthumanism and the Gothic (then and now)
  • Posthumanism and fantasy, science fiction and/or speculative fiction
  • Virtual versus embodied reality
  • Monsters, ..freaks,.. and/or superheroes
  • Metamorphoses and interspecies being/becoming
  • Posthuman(ist) subjectivities
  • Embodying posthumanism or the posthuman body
  • The posthumous
  • Language and the posthuman
  • Posthumanism and gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and/or class
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Posthuman politics and ethics



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Call for Papers:  The Žižek and Media Studies Reader

Since the early 1970s, film, media, and cultural theorists have appealed to Lacanian psychoanalytic theory in order to discern processes of subjectivization, representation, and ideological interpellation.  In much of the early approaches to Lacanian theory in these fields, concepts such as the ‘mirror stage’, the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the ‘gaze’ figured heavily.  However, beginning with the work of theorists such as Jacqueline Rose, Joan Copjec and Slavoj Žižek, a new approach to Lacan has been advanced, one which pays closer attention to concepts such as sexual difference, the objet petit a (the object-cause of desire), fantasy, the Real, enjoyment, and the drive.  Žižek in particular has advanced a political-philosophical re-interpretation of Lacan that has spawned a whole new wave of Žižekian film, media, and cultural theory that shows a marked difference from an early Lacanian approach.  They differ insofar as a Žižekian approach demonstrates connections between the media, ideology, the objet petit a, the Real, the drive, and enjoyment.

We are seeking papers to be included in an edited collection titled, The Žižek and Media Studies Reader.  Papers should discuss Žižek’s relevance for and connection to one of the following areas of media studies:  film/cinema; popular culture; and, new/digital media.  Suggested topics include:

–      A Žižekian reading of a particular film/popular culture artefact
–      Ideology critique
–      Media politics
–      Subjectivity/Identity studies
–      Media in the context of the ‘demise of symbolic efficiency’
–      Communicative capitalism
–      The relationship between media and desire/drive
–      Media and fantasy
–      Media and enjoyment

Please submit abstracts between 250-500 words and a short biographical statement by September 15th, 2012 to either Matthew Flisfeder or Louis-Paul Willis


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Lecture by Stephen Duncombe
Monday February 14, 2011
Time: 08:30 PM
Location: de Balie (Salon), Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam
Entrance: 5 Euro

Tickets available at the door or order in advance

A co-production of SKOR | Foundation Art and Public Domain and De Balie.

On February 14, the American sociologist and researcher Stephen Duncombe will give a lecture in De Balie in Amsterdam to mark the publication of Open 20, titled The Populist Imagination: On the Role of Myth, Storytelling and Imaginary in Politics.

His presentation explores the possibilities of a new democratic imaginary. Duncombe advocates a dreampolitik that could serve as a counterweight to the nostalgic fantasies that are currently being promoted by right-wing populist movements.

Stephen Duncombe is a professor at the Gallatin School, New York University, where he teaches the history and politics of media.

As a political activist he writes about the intersection between culture and politics. His published works include Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy (2006). Duncombe is co-director of the College of Tactical Culture and of the School for Creative Activism in New York.

This lecture is a prelude to the one-day symposium on Friday March 18, which deals with the roles played by imagination, storytelling and myth creation in politics today. Among the theoreticians, artists and graphic designers who will participate in this symposium are Rudi Laermans, Merijn Oudenampsen, Sarah Farris, Oliver Marchart, Aukje van Rooden, Steve Lambert and John Kraniaukas.

Open Cahier on Art and the Public Domain is iniated by SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain and published in partnership with NAi Publishers. Open 20 was guest-edited by Merijn Oudenampsen and deals with imagination and myths in politics, in populism and beyond.

‘All power to the imagination!’, is a popular slogan identified with the 1968-generation. Now, right-wing populist movements such as the Italian Northern League Party (Lega Nord), the American Tea Party movement, the Dutch Party For Freedom (PVV, led by Geert Wilders) and many others are storming the political stage in Europe and the United States. These groups are using the political imagination to sharpen and fix identities, to appeal to an imaginary past, and to cultivate myths.

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