CFP: Absent Presences: Shifting the core and peripheries of the Gothic mod

27 and 28 June 2019 – Manchester Metropolitan University

With confirmed keynotes from: Prof. Fred Botting (Kingston University) and Prof. Maisha Wester (Indiana University Bloomington)

Research students in the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University invite you to a two-day postgraduate and early-career researcher conference on Absent Presences in Gothic Studies, the aim of which is to investigate ideas surrounding the cores and peripheries, centres and margins of the Gothic mode. Researchers are invited to explore established notions of what is academically considered to be the Gothic aesthetic, be that in fiction, film or any other manifestation, as well as to reflect upon the ways in which alternative voices, forms and critical perspectives might challenge or contribute to these certitudes.

Papers are encouraged from a wide range of areas that have not been traditionally regarded as Gothic, including African-American Studies, Asian Studies, Early Modern scholarship, Fashion, Game Studies, and History.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers or coherent panels of three papers. Panels should not be longer than 60 minutes (3 x 20 mins), thus allowing ample time for a question-and-answer session. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

• Marginalised voices (both textual and within the Gothic research community)

• Representations of disability

• The intersect between Gothic and other disciplines

• New Media’s relationship to the Gothic mode

• Regional Gothic (e.g. Cornish Gothic, Welsh Gothic)

• Global Gothic

• Gothic peripheries

• ‘Canonical’ and ‘non-canonical’ Gothic

• Marginalised Gothic voices

• Post-colonial Gothic

• Distinctions of ‘taste’ (low vs high culture)

The first day of this two-day event (June 27th) will take the form of a regular academic conference; on the second day (June 28th), we will be offering a programme designed specifically with the needs of postgraduates and early-career researchers in the field of Gothic studies in mind. All delegates are welcome to attend this day of skills-based activities, workshops and lectures.

For individual papers please submit a proposal between 200-250 words and a 50-word biography. For three-speaker panels proposals should include a title, rationale for the panel, individual paper abstracts, and biographies for each speaker. Please send submissions to by the 15th of April 2019.