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Call for Submissions: The Renaissance Uncanny

Posted By Sherry C. Lindquist, Sunday, May 31, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The theory of the “uncanny,” first proposed in the early twentieth century by Ernst Jentsch and Sigmund Freud, identifies the unsettling feeling that arises when one suspects something that appears to be knowable and familiar is instead unnatural, mysterious, supernatural. Jacques Lacan noted that something is labeled "uncanny," because it confuses "bad from good, pleasure from displeasure," and arouses anxiety. More recently the “uncanny” has become the basis for ongoing studies in robotics, CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), and neuroscience, which indicate that simulated humans seeming at once too real and not real enough fall into the “uncanny valley,” prompting a neurological reaction of revulsion or horror.

This session proposes that Renaissance artists intuitively exploited the uncanny in works that address phenomena considered almost human, non-human, not-quite-human, and suprahuman, such the soul, dolls and animate forms, primates, disembodied body parts (disconnected pars toto), monsters, angels, ghosts, and the dead. Supernatural topics call for non-naturalistic strategies, which are often neglected, because they do not conform to an art historical narrative that prioritizes Renaissance humanism and naturalism. We particularly welcome papers that explore the intersection between the uncanny and sexism, racism, and classism.  

Interested participants should send an abstract (200 words) and CV to Sherry C.M. Lindquist (; and Diane Wolfthal (

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Digital Humanities 

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