A Werewolf conference?? Yep!
Whereas it might sound weird to suggest that a conference based on the subject of Werewolves
would exist, there is actually a rich history of the Lycanthrope concept to talk about. Lycanthropy
itself is not a term many are familiar with it has been around for centuries and broadly covers the
more common Hollywood Werewolf we are used to today.
The event itself is set over 3 days in early September and, with a keynote speaker and workshops /
International papers involved, the conference will focus on many aspects of lycan lore such as the
mythology, its appearances in many types of media such as past literature and movies, and the
species folklore among others.
The official website, www.opengravesopenminds.com, lists much of what can be expected during
this 3 day event. Many talks are scheduled, such as 'Wearing the wolf', 'The Sound of the Cinematic
Werewolf' and 'Werewolves and Paranormal Romance' among others. Novelists will be there to talk
about their work and there will even be the opportunity for delegates to Walk with Wolves as you will
have the opportunity to visit unique places associated with the theme.
Open Graves Open Minds have held similar conferences in the past, beginning in 2010 with 'Vampires
and the Undead in Modern Culture' followed in 2012 by the 'Bram Stoker Centenary Symposium' in
2012 (Bram Stoker's Dracula was actually heavily influenced by Lycanthropy folklore). Delegates can
expect varying topics, touching on sexuality and romance, animal studies and it's representation in
modern culture, such as the Beauty and the Beast concept. Indeed if you think about it Werewolves
are ever-present in our culture, or at least our books & cinemas (films such as the Twilight and
Underworld franchises - the latter even regularly using the term Lycan).
So if the concept of a 3 day conference focusing on the history and mythology of the Werewolf is of
interest to you then check out their website! Places for the conference are still available,
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