Conferences and Events

The International Gothic Association seeks to encourage and facilitate Gothic conferences, events, and projects for it’s members and the Gothic community more generally. If you wish to promote your conference, event, or academic project, please contact Mary Going at mlrgoing1@sheffield.ac.uk.

 

IGAs 14th Conference: Gothic Hybridities: Interdisciplinary, Multimodal and Transhistorical Approaches

31st July to 3rd August 2018

CFP Coming in September

Conference Information

31st July to 3rd August 2018

CFP Coming in September

 

The Gothic: beyond a Genre

VIII International Gothic Literature Congress

‘The Gothic: beyond a Genre’

Monday 2nd – Wednesday 4th April 2018
Faculty of Philosophy and Literature (FFyL), UNAM (Nacional Autonomous University of Mexico), Mexico City

During the last years, the interest in the gothic has begun to be accepted as a literary field worth of study among Mexican scholars and students. The doors remain open to deepen into the study of a style whose manifestations go beyond the barriers represented by time and geography.

After the great response received in the previous Gothic Congresses (2008 – 2016), the aim is now to keep encouraging the interest in the Gothic among both students and scholars at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and other Mexican institutions. To achieve this, we propose to focus on the study of the plural presence of the gothic as a timeless and intertextual mode that surpasses the limits of genre in various modes of art, as well as time and space contexts.

Other Possible topics:

. History and evolution of Gothic Literature

. Gothic Mexican and Latin American Literature

. Gothic Literature and Postmodernism

. The future of Gothic Literature

. Gothic in Film and Art

Abstract proposals will be received until NOVEMBER 30, 2017 and are to be sent to: antonio.alcala@itesm.mx

 

Conference Information

For further information please see: http://gothiccongress.blogspot.com/

 

OGOM & Supernatural Cities present: The Urban Weird

University of Hertfordshire

CFP: OGOM & Supernatural Cities present:  The Urban Weird

University of Hertfordshire, 6-7 April, 2018

The OGOM Project is known for its imaginative events and symposia, which have often been accompanied by a media frenzy. Our fourth conference will be an exciting collaboration with the Supernatural Cities: Narrated Geographies and Spectral Histories project at the University of Portsmouth. Supernatural Cities will enjoy its third regeneration, having previously convened in Portsmouth and Limerick.

The Open Graves, Open Minds Project unearthed depictions of the vampire and the undead in literature, art, and other media, before embracing shapeshifting creatures (most recently, the werewolf) and other supernatural beings and their worlds. It opens up questions concerning genre, gender, hybridity, cultural change, and other realms. It extends to all narratives of the fantastic, the folkloric, the fabulous, and the magical. Supernatural Cities encourages conversation between disciplines (e.g. history, cultural geography, folklore, social psychology, anthropology, sociology and literature). It explores the representation of urban heterotopias, otherness, haunting, estranging, the uncanny, enchantment, affective geographies, communal memory, and the urban fantastical.

The city theme ties in with OGOM’s current research: Sam George’s work on the English Eerie and the urban myth of Old Stinker, the Hull werewolf; the Pied Piper’s city of Hamelin and the geography and folklore of Transylvania; Bill Hughes’s work on the emergence of the genre of paranormal romance from out of (among other forms) urban fantasy; Kaja Franck’s work on wilderness, wolves, and were-animals in the city. This event will see us make connections with the research of Supernatural Cities scholars, led by historian Karl Bell. Karl has explored the myth of Spring-Heeled-Jack, and the relationship between the fantastical imagination and the urban environment. We invite other scholars to join in the dialogue with related themes from their own research.

The conference will explore the image of the supernatural city as expressed in narrative media from a variety of epochs and cultures. It will provide an interdisciplinary forum for the development of innovative and creative research and examine the cultural significance of these themes in all their various manifestations. As with previous OGOM conferences, from which emerged books and special issue journals, there will be the opportunity for delegates’ presentations to be published.

Abstracts (200-300 words) for twenty-minute papers or proposals for two-hour panels, together with a 100-word biography, should be submitted by 1 January 2018 as an email attachment in MS Word document format to all of the following:

Dr Sam George, s.george@herts.ac.uk;

Dr Bill Hughes, bill.enlightenment@gmail.com;

Dr Kaja Franck, k.a.franck@gmail.com;

Dr Karl Bell, karl.bell@port.ac.uk

Please use your surname as the document title. The abstract should be in the following format: (1) Title (2) Presenter(s) (3) Institutional affiliation (4) Email (5) Abstract. Panel proposals should include (1) Title of the panel (2) Name and contact information of the chair (3) Abstracts of the presenters.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 30 January 2018.

Conference Information

 

31st July to 3rd August 2018

 

For more details please see the conference website:
http://www.opengravesopenminds.com/urban-weird-2018/

 

 

Reimagining the Gothic

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.

Follow us on Twitter: @TheReimagining.

Conference Information

Reimagining the Gothic 2018: TBC

 

 

The Gothic Bible Project

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.

Conference Information

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.

For more information, please email us at GothicBible@sheffield.ac.uk, or you can follow us on Twitter at @GothicBible.