About Us

The International Gothic Association unites teachers, scholars, students, artists, writers and performers from around the world who are interested in any aspect of gothic culture: fiction, drama, poetry, art, film, music, architecture, popular culture and technology. It promotes the study and dissemination of information on gothic culture from the mid eighteenth century to the contemporary moment. The only association of its kind, the IGA is the academic centre for people interested in an analysis of the gothic.

The Association holds an international conference every two years. Sponsored by host institutions from all over Europe and North America, the IGA has so far met in East Anglia, Stirling, Horace Walpole’s house at Strawberry Hill (where the literary gothic began…), Lancaster, and Liverpool in the U.K.; in Halifax, Vancouver and Montréal in Canada, Aix-en-Provence in France, in Heidelberg, Germany, and at Universidad de las Américas in Puebla. The next IGA conference, ‘Gothic Hybridities’, will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. The Association provides financial help for postgraduates giving papers at the conference in the form of bursaries for which interested participants can compete. In addition, the IGA sponsors joint sessions with other academic organisations, such as BARS (British Society for the Study of Romanticism), NASSR (North American Society for Studies in Romanticism), ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English) and ALA (American Literature Association).  Finally, small one-day conferences that have a significant gothic content can apply for assistance in underwriting the cost of the conference: successful applicants receive up to £200.

IGA Presidents 2017-2019: Justin Edwards (University of Stirling, U.K.) and Jason Haslam (Dalhousie University, Canada)

Executive Officer: Monica Germana (University of Westminster, U.K.)

Gothic Studies Editor: William Hughes (Bath Spa University, U.K.)

Assistant Editor: Emily Alder (Napier University, U.K)

Web Officer: Mary Going (University of Sheffield, U.K.)

The IGA Committee

The Annual General Meeting of the IGA is held once a year (electronically in alternate years when there is not an IGA conference).  Potential presidents of the IGA are proposed by the Advisory Board and one is elected by members who vote during the IGA conference AGM.  The presidency is for two years, although this is often extended to a four year period of office by mutual agreement.  At each IGA conference AGM, offers to host future IGA conferences are invited so that the Association can plan ahead.  When considering such offers, the Executive Committee takes into consideration: suitability of location; support to be offered by the host university in terms of administration and financial contribution to the cost of running the conference; membership history of the potential host; cost of transport and residence for delegates.  Please click onto the drop-down menu for further information about the constitution of the IGA and its management structure.