Monday, 14 May 2018

Reimagining the Gothic: Aesthetics and Archetypes CFP and Keynote Announcements

Attention all ghosts, ghouls and Goths - the Call for Papers is for Reimagining the Gothic 2018 is alive! Reimagining the Gothic: Aesthetics and Archetypes will be held at The University of Sheffield from Friday 26th to Sunday the 28th of October. 

Taking a temporary break from its May time slot, this years Reimagining the Gothic will be three days devoted to reimagining, rethinking and reconsidering Gothic aesthetics and archetypes. We're inviting papers from academics of all disciplines and stages of study (including Undergraduates and Independent scholars) to submit abstracts for 20 minute papers that approach the theme from any and all angles. 

So, what does that mean? For the most part, anything you'd like it to: interested in the way Gothic architecture is used in gaming? Intrigued by the varying presentations of vampire in young adult fiction? Inspired by Gothic fashion? Send us an abstract! Reimagining the Gothic is an interdisciplinary and multi-media project that aims to encourage new avenues of study, collaborations and approaches in Gothic Studies. As such we welcome submissions for joint papers, multimedia presentations and more.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 13th of August. Abstracts (to be of no more than 300 words) should outline the texts or topics to be covered in the paper and the proposed critical engagement. Got any questions, or want to ask us about doing something a little different? Email us at

To celebrate our first three day event, we're excited to announce that we will have two very special keynotes: Professor Catherine Spooner (Lancaster University) on Friday 26th and Kieron Gillen (Image Comic/Marvel Comics) on Saturday 27th.

Professor Catherine Spooner's particular research interests incorporate Gothic literature, film, and popular culture, and fashion and costume in literature and film, within the broader spectrum of Victorian and contemporary literature and culture. Her latest book Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2017. The book was the outcome of a 9-month AHRC Research Fellowship and explores such phenomena as the perennial revival of Gothic style on the high street, the advent of the sparkly vampire, and Gothic tourism in Whitby, in relation to developments in twenty-first century subcultures.Catherine is currently working on a cultural history of the white dress in Gothic literature and film, and on the cultural afterlife of the Lancashire witches.

Sheffield Gothic are great fans of Professor Spooner's work and we are honoured to welcome her to this years Reimagining the Gothic. 

Kieron Gillen is a comic book writer, perhaps best known for his creator-owned series Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine (both co-created with artist, Jamie McKelvie.) Kieron has also written for Marvel Comics, with runs on X-Men and his acclaimed turns on Young Avengers and Journey Into Mystery as well as the recent Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra and ongoing Star Wars comic.

Elements of the Gothic literary tradition, aesthetic style and music permeate much of Kieron's work, and as the creator of the infamous #NoneMoreGoth hashtag we're delighted to have him join us as our creative keynote. 

If you'd like to be a part of Reimagining the Gothic: Aesthetics and Archetypes then have a look at the CFP or get in touch!

Reimagining the Gothic: Aesthetics and Archetypes is generously sponsored by the University of Sheffield's Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Forum

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