Reimagining the Gothic 2016: Monsters and Monstrosities

This weekend Sheffield University and the Sheffield Gothic Group host the Reimagining the Gothic 2016: Monsters and Monstrosities Showcase and Symposium. I’ll be presenting a paper at the academic symposium on Friday 6th May. I’ll also be live tweeting the symposium on our twitter feed over at @TimeandGothic  (as long as my phone battery lasts) so if you aren’t able to attend you can still join in the discussions.poster2bfor2buni

Reimagining the Gothic is project created and hosted by Sheffield Gothic, a postgraduate collective at the University of Sheffield. Now in its second year, Reimagining the Gothic is an ongoing project that aims to take the Gothic outside of its academic ‘comfort zone’ and encourage new thoughts, theories and engagement through creative and interdisciplinary methods. The academic symposium will take place on Friday the 6th of May and the creative showcase on Saturday the 7th of May.




CFP Deadline Extension

We are extending the deadline for abstract submissions to the slightly more Gothic 13th March. (Unfortunately a Sunday rather than a Friday.)

A short version of the CFP is included below. For a more comprehensive call for papers, including an extended discussion of the theme and examples click here.

We invite 20-minute papers on all aspects of Gothic time in art. Suggested topics and themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Temporality in classical Gothic texts
  • Ruinophilia
  • Explorations of ruin and decay in the arts
  • Spectres of the past or future
  • Time and decay in the Gothic
  • Temporal ruptures, such as regression, progression, displacement or echoes
  • Gothic spaces that function outside or beyond time
  • Parallel universes, ruptured time and relativity
  • Temporal excess that “real” time cannot contain
  • Traumatic time, temporal wounds and repairing time
  • Timelessness and immortality
  • Fundamentalism as regression
  • Medievalism in the Twenty-first century
  • The “found manuscript” and constructing authenticity through notions of the past and/or future
  • The return of the past and eternal recurrence
  • The temporal gravity of Destiny and/or fate

The conference organisers welcome the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

Please send paper proposals of 300-500 words, along with a short bio to by Sunday 13th March.

Keynote Speaker – Dr Tracy Fahey

We are pleased to bring you the announcement of our final keynote speaker for Temporal Discombobulations. Dr Tracey Fahey will be presenting ‘Wildgoose Lodge was a cursed story’: Revoicing vernacular narratives 1816-2016.

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Tracy is Head of Department in Fine Art and Head of Centre of Postgraduate Studies in Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD). In 2013 she established the LSAD research centre ACADEMY where she also acts as principal investigator. Her primary research area is the Gothic, with special reference to the visual arts. She has chapters on this subject in New Directions in 21st-Century Gothic: The Gothic Compass (Routledge) and The Gothic and the Everyday Gothic: Living Gothic (Palgrave) with others forthcoming in four other edited collections. She has also published on medical Gothic, contemporary art, transgressive art and a/r/tography.  In 2010 she founded the art collaborative, Gothicise, who work on site-specific projects that interrogate the relationship between site and narrative, including Remembering Wildgoose Lodge (2013-2016). Her fiction has been published in thirteen US and UK anthologies to date, and her first short story collection, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre, will be released in July 2016.

Her talk looks at a case study of folk Gothic that investigates contemporary local memories of a traumatic historical event. This event, the burning of Wildgoose Lodge in Co. Louth in 1816, later retold with embellishment by William Carleton in his Gothic short story of 1830, ‘Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman’ (later retitled ‘Wildgoose Lodge’ in 18331). 

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This gruesome story tells of the destruction of the Lodge and the burning of the Lynch family within it by local agrarian rebels. Due to the bloody and dangerous nature of the story – the burning alive of eight people, and the execution of eighteen more – the original story became too dangerous to discuss in the region, and Carleton’s tale became a cypher, a coded way of discussing that which was too terrible to speak about. It also meant that due to this public silence, distinct variants of the story have survived in local families for two hundred years. This talk considers memories of trauma as part of a valuable body of knowledge still held in community memory. It looks at these stories for evidence of the persistence of the past in the present, and analyses how these unofficial narratives can both warp perceptions of time, and reject any notions of neat resolution.

To find out more about Tracy’s research, visit her profile or follow Limerick School of Art and Design on Facebook.

Visit our other blog posts for information on our other keynote speakers Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes and Professor Justin D Edwards.


Keynote Speaker – Professor Justin D Edwards

Our second keynote address will be Blobs and Things: Gothic Beings Out of Time given by Professor Justin D Edwards.


Professor Justin D Edwards

Justin is Chair of English at the University of Surrey. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Grotesque (2013) Mobility at Large (2012), Postcolonial Literature (2008), Gothic Canada: Reading the Spectre of a National Literature (2005), Gothic Passages: Racial Ambiguity and the American Gothic (2003) and Exotic Journeys: Exploring the Erotics of U.S. Travel Literature (2001). He is also the coeditor of Other Routes: 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing (2006), Downtown Canada: Writing Canadian Cities (2005), Postcolonial Travel Writing: Critical Explorations (2010), Pop Goth: Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture (2012) Technologies of the Gothic in Literature and Culture (2015).

In his talk he will explore Gothic and time in American B-movies from the 1950s that include frightening figures that resist classification. Films such as, among others, The Blob (1958), It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) and It Came from Outer Space (1953) use the illusive nouns and pronouns ‘it’, ‘thing’, ‘they’ or ‘them’ to signal a nameless and unknown terror that resists the articulation and categorization that would place ‘them’ in the ‘order of things’. This unnamable figure of monstrosity is the harbinger of category crisis because its liminality refuses easy compartmentalization and demands a radical rethinking of boundary and normality. The ‘thing’ challenges stable borders in a way that is all too fearsome and horrific; ‘it’ cannot be ‘managed’ in the rational processes of logical classification within a Western phenomenology. The terrifying thing cannot be put into words. It haunts the darkest corners of human subjectivity and language. It foreshadows homeland insecurity under the nuclear threat of the Cold War. And it is, among other things, the fear of the unknown, mysterious ‘alien’ who threatens to destabilize a white middle-class way of life in the U.S.

To find out more about Justin and his research, visit his profile at the University of Surrey or follow the School of English and Languages, University of Surrey on twitter.

You can read about our other keynote speakers Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes and Dr Tracy Fahey by clicking the links.

Keynote Speaker – Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes

As the deadline for submissions to both the conference and the anthology approaches, we are delighted to be able to announce our keynote speakers for Temporal Discombobulations.

Xavier Aldana Reyes

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes will present Time and Timing in Horror Film: An Affective Reading. 

Xavier is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University and a member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. He is the author of various books on Gothic and Horror film and fiction, including Body Gothic: Corporeal Transgression in Contemporary Literature and Horror Film (UWP, 2014), Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon (co-edited with Linnie Blake; I.B. Tauris, 2015), Horror Film and Affect: Towards a Corporeal Model of Viewership (Routledge, 2016) and Horror: A Literary History (editor; British Library, 2016). Xavier is the editor of UWP’s Horror Studies book series.

His talk traces and exemplifies the role of time and timing in cinematic horror. Following the affective-corporeal model put forward in Horror Film and Affect, he will analyse the ways in which time and timing – understood here as the exploitation of time, through editing, in order to create specific effects or emotional dispositional states in viewers – are used by horror films for affective purposes.

Find out more about Xavier and his research follow @XAldanaReyes or visit his profile.  More information about The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies is available on their website.
Our next keynote speaker will be announced on Wednesday 17th February.


Temporal Discombobluations

We are pleased to announce that the call for submissions to Temporal Discombobulations: Time and the Experience of the Gothic is now open.

The conference will take place on 22-24 August 2016 at the University of Surrey and will explore a variety of artistic expressions of gothic temporalities.

Academics are invited to submit abstracts in the call for papers, while submissions are also sought for a creative fiction anthology.

For more information or to discuss either of the calls please email