Call for papers: Globalisation and the Gothic

Posted by Dale Townshend on January 12, 2009 in News tagged with

CFP: Globalisation and the Gothic

University of Stirling, Scotland

28-29 July 2009

The AHRC Global Gothic Network, in association with the University of Stirling, Scotland, invites proposals for a multidisciplinary conference on the topic of ‘Globalisation and the Gothic’. Our main concerns are with the production of gothic in a global marketplace, and the ways in which globalisation has led to new forms of Gothic and to a plethora of appropriations and adaptations.

We are interested in proposals which consider film, literature, music, dance, performance, painting, photography, fashion, digitalisation, etc.  

Possible topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

• Examples of Gothic from around the world (e.g. Kiwi Gothic, Japanese Gothic, Mexican Gothic, Australian Gothic).
• Cross cultural exchanges: hybrid forms, cultural translations
• Modernity against tradition: ‘gothic’ technologies, local cultures and global contexts
• Appropriation/ adaptation
• The transformation of local myths and beliefs into a gothic mode.
• Visual/ Digital forms and media (screen/ computer games /)
• Gothic and performance (art/ music/ dance)
• The impact of J-horror (or K-horror….etc)
• Goth as globalised mode
• Differences between globalised gothic forms and postcolonial gothic
• Questions of genre: The extent to which the term ‘gothic’ is being appropriated and attached to genres previously defined by other terms (e.g. magical realism) and why.
• The role played by technology /visual media / music / subcultures in the emergence of gothic in a globalised world.
• Translation issues for gothic as a global mode.
• Globalisation as a gothic manifestation

Delivery time for presentation is 20 minutes. Some support will be available for postgraduates giving papers.

Deadline for the receipt of 200 word abstracts is 12 February 2009.

Abstracts and queries to or mail to Glennis Byron, Department of English Studies, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA.

See also the AHRC Global Gothic network website:

Associates of the AHRC Global Gothic network include Katarzyna Ancuta, Colette Balmain, Francesca Billiani, Fred Botting, Steven Bruhm, Glennis Byron, Ian Conrich, Justin Edward, Ken Gelder, Terry Hale, Avril Horner, Sarah Neely, Andrew Hock Soon Ng, Charles Inouye, David Punter, Victor Sage, Tabish Khair, Abigail Lee Six, Marilyn Michaud, Barry Murnane, Amy Palko,  Brian Rock, Andrew Smith, Aspasia Stephanou, Dale Townshend, Isabella van Elferen and Sue Zlosnik.

Tiny URL for this post: