CFP: Gothic Pasts, Gothic Futures: A Symposium

Call for Papers

Gothic Pasts, Gothic Futures: A Symposium

Celebrating 30 Years of Gothic Studies at the University of Stirling

Friday 26 October 2018, University of Stirling

Gothic Studies at the University of Stirling is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we will hold a symposium that explores the Gothic, the past and the future, as part of a programme of Gothic events in 2018-19.

We live in Gothic times. The past, critics worry, is lost and the future is failing, but the Gothic, at least (and perhaps even reassuringly) keeps on happening. There is a long tradition of treating the past within Gothic criticism, but new accounts of the genre’s history keep emerging; its audience and its critics keep developing. How does the Gothic – and the study of the Gothic – relate to the passage of time, the stuff of history and our sense of the future?

Topics could include (but certainly are not limited to):

  • Gothic Legacies, Gothic Futurism
  • Gothic Presences and Gothic Presents
  • Gothic Time: History, Ruins and Decay
  • Gothic In and Out of Time
  • Gothic Critical and Theoretical Trajectories
  • Gothic Genealogies: New Views of Gothic Pasts
  • Gothic Temporalities, Gothic Imminence
  • Transnational, Translations and Trans-temporal Gothic
  • New Directions in Gothic

All welcome: former staff and students at Stirling, as well as those who wish to forge new connections to the university and the International Centre for Gothic Studies:

Confirmed speakers include Professor David Punter (Bristol), Professor Dale Townsend (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr. Matt Foley (Manchester Metropolitan University), Professor Fred Botting (Kingston University). Others TBA.

Please send us a 250-word abstract by 28 May 2018, including your name, a short bio, affiliation (if any) and your contact details. Email Professor Justin D Edwards  ( and Dr Timothy Jones (