Where does Gothic begin and where does it end? Can we recognise a Gothic tradition or has Gothic always stood at the margins of the critical tradition? Over the past decades, we have witnessed a rekindled awareness of the popularity of Gothic in literature, media, and culture. Gothic has also become widely acknowledged around the world, and there are currently many studies dedicated to understand what it means in other regions, traditions, and cultures. On the other hand, the critical tradition has condemned Gothic for its excessive, formulaic, and immature plots and motifs, thus leaving it at the margins of more well-regarded works.
We seek to explore how Gothic today may be considered a tradition or a departure from tradition, as well as how it has been inspired by local traditions, legends, or true stories. We seek to address how we look at past Gothic in comparison with contemporary Gothic, that is, where Gothic is now and what Gothic is for today. This exploration is not limited to the literary Gothic, but also seeks to keep on addressing Gothic manifestations across arts, media, and popular culture.
Thus, we seek to make the following inquiries: Do we understand Gothic as a tradition or as a departure from tradition? What is the relationship between Gothic, folklore, and traditional myths and legends? What is the current state of Gothic? What is happening with Gothic now? Why is Gothic still relevant today? How do we understand local and regional Gothic manifestations when we compare them with global Gothic? Is Goth culture a tradition too? Does Gothic in media, other arts, and popular culture depart from its literary tradition?
The next international conference of the International Gothic Association will take place at Universidad de las Américas Puebla, in Cholula, Mexico, from 18 to 21 July 2017.
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Gothic Feminism presents:
Women-in-Peril or Final Girls? Representing Women in Gothic and Horror Cinema
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May 2017
University of Kent
Gothic Feminism is a research project based at the University of Kent which seeks to re-engage with theories of the Gothic and reflect specifically upon the depiction of the Gothic heroine in film. The project raises questions of representation, interpretation and feminist enquiry in relation to the Gothic heroine throughout film history including present day incarnations. This project illuminates the concerns, contradictions and challenges posed by the Gothic heroine on-screen.
This year’s 3 day conference will re-engage with discussions of gender within Gothic and horror cinema by directly comparing the two. What relationship does Gothic have to horror – or horror to the Gothic – in respect to female representation? What makes a Gothic heroine different from (or, indeed, similar to) female victims/protagonists in horror films? What can we say about the centrality given to female performance in both these genres/modes? Where does one draw the line between Gothic and horror in film? 2017 will mark 30 years since Mary Ann Doane published The Desire to Desire and 25 years since Carol Clover published Men, Women and Chainsaws. This conference will also reflect upon the impact of seminal works on Gothic, horror and gender such as these within film theory. What do these works tell us about the relationship between Gothic and horror in respect to female representation? How do theories of the ‘woman’s film’ and the ‘Final Girl’ relate to contemporary film theory and feminist criticism? Are these ideas still applicable to recent Gothic and horror films, and their heroines?
In addressing these questions this conference will underline the importance of female protagonists in Gothic and horror, within film history and contemporary cinema, and ask: are these characters women-in-peril or Final Girls, or both?
The keynote speaker shall be Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes (Manchester Metropolitan University) delivering a talk entitled: ‘What Final Girls Did Next: Horror Heroines in the Age of Postfeminism’
For further information and the conference programme, please see: gothicfeminism.com
Registration for the conference is open and shall close on Friday 12th May 2017.
The conference fee is £45 (waged) or £25 (unwaged). The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments for the 3 days.
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Reimagining the Gothic is an ongoing project that seeks to explore how the Gothic can be re-read, re-analysed, and re-imagined. We encourage both public interest and new academic avenues from students and scholars who wish to present on the Gothic using interdisciplinary and creative methods. This year’s theme is Gothic Spaces. Papers and creative projects for ‘Reimagining the Gothic 2017: Gothic Spaces’ should explore the use of Spaces within the Gothic: how space has developed over the decades (from architecture, urban, and eco spaces), the ways that space is used to reflect and explore key themes of the Gothic, and to what extent spaces are integral to the Gothic. For more information, please visit the Sheffield Gothic blog. We also encourage academic and creative submissions to our project website (reimagininggothic.com) where we welcome papers and creative projects that explore the broad theme of ‘Reimagining the Gothic’, or our previous and current themes of ‘Monsters and Monstrosities’ and ‘Gothic Spaces’ within this.
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As part of a two day long conference to be centred on the theme ‘Gothic Spaces’, and following the incredible responses from previous years, Sheffield Gothic will be hosting both academic papers and a Creative Showcase, exhibiting creative and interdisciplinary projects. Sheffield Gothic is also delighted to announce that the keynote lecture for ‘Gothic Spaces’ will be given by Professor Dale Townshend, where he will discuss ‘Towards a Poetics of Gothic Space: From Bachelard to Beckford and Beyond‘.
Reimagining the Gothic 2017: Gothic Spaces will take place from 12th to 13th May 2017, and will be hosted by the University of Sheffield. Registration details will become available nearer the time.
The Gothic Bible Project constitutes an interdisciplinary approach to investigating instances within the Bible and Gothic fiction (i.e. literature, drama, and film) that demonstrate an interplay between biblical concepts/iconography and the literary Gothic mode, which began with the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764-5). From its inception, this literary genre has continued to showcase associations with the Bible, theology, and/or religion; this project seeks to highlight and explore these ongoing relationships. Hosted at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom), The Gothic Bible Project combines the university’s Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) and The Centre for the History of the Gothic, and in partnership with the University of Auckland.
For more details please see the project website: www.sheffield.ac.uk/siibs/sresearch/gothic-bible-project.
Sheffield Gothic and SIIBS will host the first Gothic Bible conference at the University of Sheffield on 31 October 2017. The project seeks to explore the relationship between the Bible, theologies, and the Gothic, and we hope to encourage existing and new academic interest in this area. We welcome papers that examine the Bible, religion, and theology within the Gothic –including but not limited to: novels, plays, poems, films, TV shows of any period – as well as papers that examine passages or narratives within the Bible or other religious texts that can be read through a Gothic lens. We welcome and encourage papers that approach this theme using interdisciplinary methods. You can find the CFP here.