Contemporary Gothic Public Lectures

Posted by Matt Foley on September 03, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with , , , , , , ,

Contemporary Gothic

(7th, 14th & 21st October 2013)

Convened by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes

The Gothic is, quite simply, everywhere: from the record-breaking successes of the Twilight vampire films and the TV series The Walking Dead, to the critically acclaimed videogames Left for Dead and Dead Space. Its ubiquity is nothing new. Since its first wave of success in the late eighteenth century, the Gothic has proved to be a truly chameleonic artistic mode, consistently adapting itself to suit the tastes of contemporary audiences whilst simultaneously projecting their innermost anxieties. In the virtual and digital age, the Gothic has proliferated in places where it had not traditionally found a home. What challenges does a new array of media bring to the study of the Gothic? And more importantly, why are we still hungry for zombies, vampires, ghouls and other things that go bump in the night?

These Contemporary Gothic public lectures attempt to answer these questions through a series of papers by distinguished academics in the vibrant field of Gothic Studies. Through various critical lenses, and in a thoroughly interdisciplinary spirit, these sessions will explore what lies at the heart of our continuing fascination with all things dark. Focusing on the recent resurgence of zombies, the explosion of the Gothic on TV, and the scholarly-neglected area of Gothic music, these papers will help us understand exactly what it is that new Gothic texts may have to tell us about ourselves and the society we live in.

The Contemporary Gothic strand of the Humanities in Public programme at MMU is supported by the IHSSR and will run throughout the month of October. Details, links and interviews can be found by visiting the strand’s website and tickets may be booked by following these links:

Monday 7th October: Zombie? – Prof Fred Botting (Kingston)

Monday 14th October: Gothic TV Panel – Dr Stacey Abbott (Roehampton), Dr Linnie Blake (MMU) and Dr Catherine Spooner (Lancaster)

Monday 21st October: Gothic Music: Uncanny Sounds on Screens and in Scenes – Professor Isabella van Elferen (Kingston). First event of the Gothic Manchester Festival.

Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, Lecture Theatre 4, Manchester, M15 6LL.

Time: 5.30-7pm

These lectures are free and open to everyone, but spaces are limited. Please book tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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