Postgraduate Symposium: Globalgothic

Posted by Dale Townshend on July 30, 2008 in News tagged with

Postgraduate Symposium: Globalgothic: Technology, Media, Horror

An interdisciplinary postgraduate conference

University of Stirling, 5-6 December 2008


Plenary Speakers (for further information about our guest speakers, please click on their names)

Katarzyna Ancuta Assumption University, Thailand

Fred Botting Lancaster University, England

Isabella Van Elferen Utrecht University, Netherlands


Call for papers

Gothic has undergone a number of striking changes over the past twenty-five years, spreading across cultures, media forms and the arts. In this interdisciplinary symposium we wish to explore some of the reasons for these changes and examine the impact and significance of contemporary gothic modes and their new forms of production and consumption across the world.

We are interested in papers which consider transcultural gothic manifestations, particularly those beyond traditional Anglophone positions, and papers which engage with diverse forms and technologies (from cinema, painting, photography, dance and performance to fashion, music, games, digitalisation). We hope to assess the ways in which these new, global forms contest or redefine the understanding of what has been considered a predominantly literary genre.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Cross cultural exchanges: hybrid forms, cultural translations
• Modernity against tradition: ‘gothic’ technologies, local cultures and global contexts
• Remediation/ adaptation
• Visual/ Digital forms and media (screen/ computer games /)
• Gothic and performance (art/ music/ dance)
• The impact of J-horror (or K-horror….etc)
• Goth and/or gothic as globalised mode
• Commodifications of gothic figures
• Differences between globalised gothic forms and postcolonial gothic
• Gothicisations of technology

Abstracts of approximately 500 words should be sent to Glennis Byron at

Last date for receipt of abstracts: 20 October 2008

There is no registration fee, but places at the conference are limited.

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