CFP: Wales and West Gothic Network

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Wales and West Gothic Network

Inaugural conference on:

‘Gothic Locations’

Date: Friday 19th September 2008.

Keynote Speakers: Prof Jane Aaron and Prof Nick Groom.

‘Gothic Locations’ is jointly organised by the University of Glamorgan and Cardiff University. It will be staged at Cardiff University.

The conference will address how the Gothic represents the notion of ‘place’ as a literary, cultural, historical, or ideological formation. Themes which contributors may wish to consider include:

●    The Gothic and national identity.
●    The Gothic and regional identity.
●    The regional contexts of the Gothic (for example ‘folklore’, ‘myth’, ‘Cornish Gothic’).
●    The relationships between different national contexts (for example, between Wales, Scotland, and Ireland).
●    The relationship between region and nation.
●    Locating textual hybridity – folklore and the Gothic, myths of horror.
●    Colonial/Postcolonial Gothic.
●    Places: Buildings, Institutions, Libraries.
●    Cities.
●    The Countryside, Maps.

The Wales and West Gothic Network was established in 2007 in order to share ideas and to develop a research culture founded on the Gothic forms which are relevant to the location of the participating institutions. The Network consists of the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Glamorgan, Swansea, and the West of England.

Papers which reflect on the areas where these institutions are located will be particularly welcome, although the conference organisers welcome papers which address any aspect of the conference theme.

Please send 200 word abstracts for 20 minute papers by April 7th 2008 to the conference organisers.

Professor Andrew Smith (Glamorgan)            Dr Becky Munford (Cardiff)
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