Dr Karen Graham, Doctoral Researcher, University of Aberdeen (Lead Organiser)

Profile Pic 2Karen Graham recently successfully defended her thesis, ‘Telling Tales: Re-making myth in the adult fiction of Gregory Maguire’ at the School of Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests include the adaptation of myth and fairy tale, intertextuality, the literary vampire, supernatural hybridity, and the fantastic. She is also is an experienced editor of creative short fiction and academic research anthologies, as well as being a Trustee for ShortbreadStories, which is an educational charity for new writers.

Christina Alegria, Interim Curator of Education, California State University Long Beach

ChristinaChristina Alegria is an Art Historian and the Interim Curator of Education at the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. Her work has been published in various museum publications including Peace Press Graphics and Far-Sited: The California International Sculpture Symposium. She has served for 3 years on the Steering Committee for the Global Space and Place Conference at Inter-Disciplinary.Net and has contributed to and edited publications resulting from the conferences. She is currently a project leader for Museum Educators of Southern California (MESC). Her varied research interests include art and literature from 19th century to the present, art theory and criticism, as well as strategies and theories of art museum visitor engagement.

Dr Simon Bacon, Independent Scholar

SimonSimon Bacon is an Independent Scholar based in Poznan, Poland. He has recently co-edited books on Undead Memory: Vampires and Human Memory in Popular Culture (2014) and Seductive Concepts: Perspectives on Sins, Vices and Virtues (2014) and an edited collection Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity is due out in 2015. He is currently working on a monograph Becoming Vampire: Difference and the Vampiric Future in Popular Culture.

Rachel Marsh, Doctoral Researcher, University of Surrey

R Marsh - TECHNE PhotoRachel Marsh is working towards her PhD in creative writing and satire at the University of Surrey. She holds an MPhil in Appropriation Studies from the University of Dundee and an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews. Rachel teaches creative writing at Perth College and is the Chief Executive Trustee for ShortbreadStories, which is an educational charity for new writers.

Dr Sunday Swift, Associate Lecturer, Lancaster University


Sunday Swift completed her PhD in contemporary Dandyism in Gothic and cult television in Britain and America from 1960-2003 at Lancaster University where she now teaches in the Department of English and Creative Writing. Sunday’s research interests include fashion, Irish literature and culture, anthropology, visual representation of subculture, comedy and parody, masculinity, Deaf culture, representation of gender in the military, post-traumatic distress syndrome (PTSD) and gothics, science fiction and comedy.

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