Gothic Nature III: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic

deadline for submissions: 
December 6, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Gothic Nature Journal

NB: We are acutely aware that this CFP coincides with extremely uncertain times re COVID-19. Of course, it is currently unknown when gatherings of people will be able to resume as normal. We have every intention of holding this event in October, but first and foremost must prioritise the safety of our attendees. If necessary, we will either postpone the conference or host it virtually. We also wish to be sensitive to the fact that the themes of the conference have the potential to be somewhat uncomfortably relevant to the current ecosocial crisis; however, we feel that it is important—now more than ever—to provide a space in which we can, together, critically reflect on these ‘Gothic times’, particularly when the line between real and fictional Gothic Nature is becoming ever more blurred. 
 

Gothic Nature III: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic

Friday, 30th October, University of Roehampton London

 

Our images of monstrous Nature don’t just reflect our fear of Nature; they actively teach it – J. W. Williamson
 
 
 
In Autumn 2020, we will publish the second issue of the peer-reviewed and open-access journal Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic, which is devoted to exploring the darker side of our relationships with the nonhuman world. This journal provides a space for new and established scholars alike working at the intersections of ecocriticism, Gothic and horror studies, and the wider environmental humanities more broadly. It aims to provide deeper understandings of the importance of our monstrous, sublime, spectral, and uncanny constructions of Nature in our varied and contradictory narratives – and to productively question how Gothic and horror might factor in our conceptions and experiences of contemporary ‘real life’ ecological crisis.   
 
To celebrate the release of the second issue of Gothic Nature, we are holding a one-day symposium, generously hosted by the English and Creative Writing Department at The University of Roehampton, to bring together academics, artists, activists, and enthusiasts working in various ways with the subject of Gothic Nature. We are particularly keen to hear from those seeking to build on discussions raised in Issue One, as well as those eager to provide insights on themes as yet largely unexplored – such as the decolonisation of the ecoGothic, the Gothicity/horror of environmental science, media, and medicine, and the increasing imbrications between ecohorror/ecoGothic and environmental activism. 
 
We invite proposals for 20-minute scholarly papers and 5-10-minute creative readings. We also warmly welcome proposals from scholars, artists, and activists for alternative modes and formats (critical or creative dialogues, conversations, performances, screenings, presentations, etc.)    
 
 
Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
 
• EcoGothic and ecohorror: theories, distinctions, directions  • Decolonising the ecoGothic  • Green Gothic Activism • Anthropocene Gothic • The ‘horror’ and ‘Gothicisation’ of contemporary climate crisis • Bleeding genres: ecoGothic/ecohorror/folk horror/the new weird, etc.  • Gothic and food politics: vegetarianism, veganism, carnivorism, cannibalism • The intersections of Gothic Nature: class/race/gender/sexuality, etc. • Gothic and waste, pollution, and/or sustainability  • Haunted landscapes  • The dark blue Gothic: Gothic coasts, seas, oceans, icescapes, etc. • The dark green Gothic: Gothic woods, forests, heaths, gardens, etc. • Gothic ecology/Gothic geology  • Nature monsters: wolves, trolls, wendigos, witches, Pan, slender men (!), etc.  • Animal horror • Plant horror

 

Please send abstracts of 350 words, as well as a brief biography of 150 words to us at gothicnaturejournal@gmail.com by 12th June, 2020 (or feel free to contact us informally should you wish to talk through ideas or have any queries). Proposals for panels are also welcome: in these instances, please send a 200-word summary of the rationale for the panel, in addition to individual abstracts. 
 
We are keen to provide a rich, stimulating, and inclusive hub to all Gothic Naturalists and in doing so to celebrate all ecohorror- and ecoGothic-related activity. We will be using the symposium as a platform to launch Elizabeth Parker’s The Forest and the EcoGothic: The Deep Dark Woods in the Popular Imagination (Palgrave Gothic, 2020) and if you too would like to use the symposium as an opportunity to launch a book or collection, or announce any other related event, we would love to hear from you.  

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All GN issues and blogs can be found here: https://gothicnaturejournal.com/
 
 
Founding editor: Dr Elizabeth Parker

Co-editors: Dr Elizabeth Parker and Dr Michelle Poland

Book review editor: Professor Jennifer Schell

TV and film review editor: Assoc. Prof. Sara L. Crosby

Editorial Board: Professor Stacy Alaimo, Professor Eric G. Anderson, Dr Scott Brewster, Dr Kevin Corstorphine, Dr Rachele Dini, Professor Simon C. Estok, Dr Tom J. Hillard, Professor William Hughes, Professor Dawn Keetley, Dr Ian Kinane, Dr John Miller, Professor Matthew Wynn Sivils, Professor Andrew Smith, Dr Samantha Walton.