CFP – Gothic: Cutlure, Subculture, Counterculture

Having just submitted my abstract for the Returning to Oz: The Afterlife of Dorothy conference, I’ve been bitten by the conference bug again. I’ve been searching for conferences in 2013, since my 2012 is pretty full. This one keeps catching my eye, but I’m struggling to come up with abstracts that don’t focus around Elphaba and rewriting Oz narratives.

I’d love to do a paper on the mainstreaming of vampire Gothic culture, but papers which don’t focus on my thesis topic should be resolutely filed under ‘really, really bad idea’ for the foreseeable future.

Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture – A Two-Day Conference

Date: Friday 8th-Saturday 9th March 2013

Location / Hosed by: St Mary’s University College, Twickenham and Strawberry Hill House

Confirmed Speakers:

• Michael Snodin (The Victoria and Albert Museum)
• Prof John Bowen (University of York)
• Prof Avril Horner (Kingston University)
• Prof Allan Simmons (St Mary’s University College, London)

This conference, held in the Gothic mansion at Strawberry Hill, west London, will interrogate the many and varied cultures of the Gothic that were largely set in train by the owner of this mansion, Horace Walpole, in the mid-eighteenth century. As Walpole’s projects well exemplify – an aesthetic rebellion against a classical orthodoxy, which nonetheless looked implicitly to the restoration of some former social order – Gothic’s cultural poetics have always been difficult to place politically.

To what degree have Gothic tendencies in Literature, Art, Architecture and Screen Media been participants in, adjuncts to, contesters of, or alternatives to cultural and political mainstreams, and how might such relationships be assessed by historians and critics? If Gothic was the Enlightenment’s naughty, child, to what extent is its rebelliousness mental or political, and is it ultimately co-opted by the order that it appears to resist?

This is a multi-disciplinary conference, and proposals for papers are invited in response to such questions in the fields, amongst others, of literature, screen media, art, architecture and popular culture. Participants will be offered the chance to see Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion, now resplendent in its recently-renovated state, and to dine there during the conference. Preference will be given to papers that are suitable for an enthusiastic amateur audience, as well as specialists in the appropriate field.
A bursary will be offered to cover conference fees for the best proposal by a postgraduate student.

Call for Papers
200-word proposals for papers of 20-25 minutes, should be sent, by 30 October 2012 to:

Ms Jessica Jeske
St Mary’s University College
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill



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