IGAs 14th Conference: Gothic Hybridities: Interdisciplinary, Multimodal and Transhistorical Approaches
31st July to 3rd August 2018
Ever since Horace Walpole in The Castle of Otranto (1765) sought to enrich the modern novel with the imaginative capacities of the ancient romance, the Gothic has been something of a hybrid mode, combining fact and fancy and indiscriminately borrowing from other genres and forms in the telling of its dark yet revelatory tales. Perhaps there is no better occasion on which to reflect upon this aspect of the Gothic than the year 2018, the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818): a piecemeal construction of divergent parts, the body of the monstrous creature, like Shelley’s fiction itself, might serve as a metaphor for the hybridity of the Gothic more generally.
The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies invites the submission of abstracts that creatively interpret and respond to the theme of Gothic Hybridities: Interdisciplinary, Multimodal and Transhistorical Approaches. Papers might explore the ways in which the Gothic mode has entered into conceptual and thematic dialogue with other forms of representation in time, or address the role that the Gothic has played in fostering exchange across different media and disciplinary boundaries.
Topics may include (but are by no means limited to) the following:
- Generic hybridities: the Gothic in horror, science fiction, noir, romance and other contiguous genres; the difficulties of defining the Gothic; the (im)possibility of a ‘pure’ or ‘original’ Gothic
- Gothic audiences: YA Gothic/teen Gothic, children’s Gothic, adult Gothic
- Gothic / Classical hybrids
- Gothic polyvalence and heteroglossia: the many voices of the Gothic text
- Gothic value: the Gothic as genre, as mode, as type of art, as style, as critical tool
- Gothic interdisciplinarity: Gothic perspectives from history, the social sciences, medical humanities, culture, politics and philosophy, fashion, media studies, reception and fan studies
- Hybridisation or ‘degothicisation’: the critical and conceptual implications of the hybridisation of the Gothic
- Crossing cultural, social or global boundaries: the type of work that Gothic hybridity carries out at the borderlands of cultures, classes and nations
- Gothic diachronicity: evolution and historical changes to the Gothic as a word and artistic category; the role of academia in shifting the reception and value of the Gothic
- Gothic infringement and transformations: the use and adoption of the Gothic in other genres/modes: what does it mean to ‘gothicise’ a mode, text or genre?
- Transmedia Gothic: the Gothic across media, the role that different media have played in altering public and academic understandings of the Gothic
- Frankenstein Gothic: changes in the reception of this quintessential Gothic text and its afterlives in different media
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof Agnieszka Soltysik-Monnet (Lausanne), Prof Angela Wright (Sheffield), Dr Bernice Murphy (Trinity College, Dublin).
Please submit a 250 word abstract by 31 January 2018 to IGAManchester2018@mmu.ac.uk, including your name, a short biography, affiliation (if any), and contact details. We are also happy to consider pre-formed proposed panels.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please see: http://gothiccongress.blogspot.com/
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, email@example.com;
Dr Bill Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Dr Kaja Franck, email@example.com;
Dr Karl Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
31st July to 3rd August 2018
For more details please see the conference website:
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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Reimagining the Gothic 2018: TBC