Call for Papers

Hosted at the School for Literatures, Languages, and Cultures, University of Edinburgh

On 15th and 16th November, Edinburgh LLC is hosting “Seduction”, a two-day interdisciplinary conference that seeks to bring together scholars working on “Seduction” across a broad range of subject areas, places, and periods. The keynote address, on perfume, will be given by Sophie Read (University of Cambridge). The committee has also commissioned the bilingual (English and Scots Gaelic) poet Robbie MacLeod to create some poetry for the event.

We are pleased to invite proposals for papers (15-20 minutes) on topics around the theme of “Seduction” (understood broadly). We particularly welcome proposals for papers which take interdisciplinary or innovative approaches to the topic. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Illicit or illegal sex
  • Virginity, celibacy, abstinence, or ‘first times’
  • Madonnas and Whores
  • Seduction in the digital age
  • Love songs, poems, lyrics
  • (Religious) temptation
  • Representations of seduction in fine art
  • The material culture of seduction
  • The gaze
  • Political campaigning, advertising and marketing
  • Control of sexuality (especially through religious or legal means)
  • Constructions of gender identity
  • Transgressive desires

Please submit abstracts (500 words maximum) along with a short bio to by 1st August 2018. A small registration fee will apply to all attendees.

This conference has been generously funded by the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh. #sedc18