Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Call for Papers: A special issue of Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural devoted to "Uncanny Animations"

[Just to clarify, this isn't my text and I am not affiliated in anyway with Preternature; instead, I am passing it on from the Preternature website, as I hope that it may be of interest to many of my readers. Preternature is a really interesting peer-reviewed journal that has been running for a few years now, and one that I think deserves our support].

Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, invites submissions for the special issue, “Uncanny Animations,” guest-edited by Prof. Elina Gertsman. We seek essays that offer inquiry into the agentic potential—depicted, imagined, described, and perceived—of medieval animate or animated objects. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the ontology of living images; miracle stories that focus on image enlivening; visual and literary histories of automata; articulated objects used in devotional performances; agency of relics and reliquaries; and discourses of iconoclasm that target the living nature of images. The editor welcomes essays that are interdisciplinary in nature; submissions from scholars working on Byzantine and Islamic material are especially encouraged.

Contributions should be 8,000 - 12,000 words, including all documentation and critical apparatus. If accepted for publication, manuscripts will be required to adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (style 1, employing endnotes).

The title of proposed contributions, a brief abstract, and a CV, should be e-mailed to by April 15, 2014. Complete papers must be submitted through Preternature's Content Management System at by June 15, 2014. Queries about the journal should be made to the Editor, Dr. Kirsten C. Uszkalo  (

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