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CFP: Devil 2024 (15-18 May 2024, University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

2023-07-04 19:26 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)


Devil 2024 Conference

15-18 May 2024

University of King’s College,

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Keynote Speakers

Francesca Stavrakopoulou  University of Exeter, UK

W. Scott Poole College of Charleston, US


Keynote Panel, “the Satanic Renaissance”

Joseph Laycock, Texas State University

Ross Blotcher, co-host of “Oh No, Ross and Carrie”

Julie Exline, Case Western University

Michelle Brock, Washington and Lee University

 The Devil 2024 explores the nature, significance, and operation of demonism and demonization across the western tradition. The conference will bring together scholars interested in the social and cultural construction of the devil and the impact of demonism across different chronological periods and from diverse methodological backgrounds. It aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue that addresses challenging questions about how notions of the demonic are shaped by cultural priorities and anxieties, by professional discerners and the media, and by discourses of fear and safety.

“The Devil 2024” will investigate why these images repeat through the ages and why they continue to have still have resonance in the modern world.

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers, for panels (generally consisting of three papers), and workshops or round-tables dealing with any aspect of demonism and its manifestation in the western tradition.

Themes may include but are not limited to:

  • Binaries and contrarieties
  • Colonialism and demonism
  • Constructions and reconstructions of the demonic
  • Demonic and authority
  • Demonisation and its application
  • Demonism and the pursuit of knowledge
  • Demon possession
  • Demons and panics
  • Demons and the environment
  • Devil, exclusion and social cohesion
  • Devil, perception and cognition
  • Devil in the media and popular culture
  • Diagnosing, engaging and challenging the demonic
  • Gender, power and social order
  • Inversions and subversions
  • Representations of the devil

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted through our online submission portal at by 15 October 2023.


Halifax (pop. 500,000) is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. It is serviced by direct flights from Boston, New York, London, Montreal, and a number of other major North American and European cities. It has a range of services and attractions and has become a leading regional centre for dining and entertainment. The temperature in May generally ranges from 7C (44F) to 15C (59F).


Programme Committee: Michelle D. Brock (W&L Univ.), Peter Dendle (Penn State, Mont Alto), Sarah Hughes (Temple), Vera Kirk (Univ. of Malta), Kathryn Morris (Univ. of King’s College), Richard Raiswell (Univ. of Prince Edward Island), David R. Winter (Brandon Univ.).

For more information, please visit us at or contact us at

Richard Raiswell

Dept. of History,

Univ. of PEI

550 University Ave.,

Charlottetown, PEI

C1A 4P3


Fellow, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies,

Victoria University in the Univ. of Toronto.

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