CFP - Reimagining the Gothic 2017: Gothic Spaces

Reimagining the Gothic 2017: Gothic Spaces

Sheffield Gothic is pleased to announce our new 2017 conference and showcase event:

Reimagining the Gothic: Gothic Spaces. 
The event will take place 12-13th May 2017.

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. Papers for Reimagining the Gothic: 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.

The symposium is open to all postgraduates and early career researchers of any field, and joint interdisciplinary papers are most welcome. We are inviting the submission of abstracts papers, which should be no more than 200 words, to be sent to Sheffield Gothic at reimagininggoth15@gmail.com

In addition to conventional papers, we are also inviting proposals for papers with creative or performative elements such as artwork, photography, audio-visual pieces, dramatic readings or performances (be these live or pre-recorded). If you would like more information, please contact us. The deadline for submissions is 6th February 2017
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As Reimagining the Gothic is a project that seeks to encourage new and unique thoughts about the Gothic: we will consider all submissions, and topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • ·        Eco-gothic
  • ·        Gothic architecture
  • ·        Southern Gothic
  • ·        Urban/ City Gothic
  • ·        Post 9/11 spaces
  • ·        Post-colonial Gothic
  • ·        Global Gothic
  • ·        Science fiction and space
  • ·        The Gothic body
  • ·        The space of the Gothic text and paratexts
  • ·        Religious spaces

The nature of the event also means that the criteria for submissions are extremely open, and we welcome papers from any discipline.

As always, these are simply suggestions. We hope to make the symposium as diverse as possible and so submissions of all natures are welcome.


We will also be hosting an interactive creative showcase on the same theme. Any applicants who wish to display their topic creatively in a public display are welcome to include a showcasing idea with their abstracts. For more information, please contact us at reimagininggoth15@gmail.com or see below for more information:


As part of a two day long event to be centred on theme of ‘Gothic Spaces, following the incredible response we have had to our previous events, Sheffield Gothic will be holding a creative showcase of art and interactive activities on Saturday the 13th of May, 2017. As Reimagining the Gothic is a project that seeks to encourage new and unique thoughts about the Gothic, we are inviting creative submissions to display during the event and will consider any and all submissions related to the conference theme. 

Reimagining the Gothic is an ongoing project that seeks to explore how the Gothic can be re-read, re-analysed, and re-imagined.  The showcase aims to encourage both public interests in Gothic by using creative and interactive methods, as well as new academic avenues. Projects for Reimagining the Gothic: Gothic Spaces should explore the use of 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.

The nature of the event means that the criteria for submissions are extremely open. However suggestions for projects include:

  • ·        Photographic series
  • ·        Storytelling and creative writing
  • ·        Music and composition
  • ·        Costume and cosplay
  • ·        Artistic reimaginings of Gothic spaces
  • ·        Dramatic pieces and displays
  • ·        Film and video


Abstracts for submissions should be emailed to reimagininggoth15@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is the 6th of March. If you would like to be involved, but have no specific project in mind then please do email us as we will be coordinating projects run by members of Sheffield Gothic. In addition to the showcase, our academic symposium will be taking place on Friday the 12th May and delegates are encouraged to submit to both events if they wish.

To find out more about Sheffield Gothic and to explore previous events please visit: http://sheffieldgothicreadinggroup.blogspot.co.uk and https://reimagininggothic.wordpress.com/




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