UPDATE: [Film] International Gothic Association: Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects

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Catherine Spooner

Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association:
monstrous media/ spectral subjects
21-24 July 2009, Lancaster University, UK

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Elisabeth Bronfen, Christoph Grunenberg, Tanya Krzywinska, Marina Warner

Additional special guest speakers Jo Baker, Daragh Carville, Sarah
Kember, Paul Magrs


Gothic forms and figures have long been bound up with different media,
from the machinery of Walpole’s modern romance to Robertson’s
phantasmagorical shows in the eighteenth century; from uncanny automata
to ghostly photographs and monstrous kinetograms in the nineteenth; from
cinematic shocks to digital disembodiments in the twentieth. More than
merely exploiting new technical developments in cultural production and
consumption, Gothic modes, in adopting and adapting new media, engage
with excitements and anxieties attendant on cultural and technological

Examining conjunctions of literary, visual, spatial and digital texts in
relation to spectral and visceral effects and affects, the conference
aims to stimulate discussions of the relationship between Gothic fictions
and other cultural forms, media and technologies. Doubling monstrosity
and spectrality, it sets out to explore the cultural production and
consumption of monsters and ghosts from the eighteenth century to the

This interdisciplinary, international conference will be hosted by the
Department of English and Creative Writing and supported across the
University by colleagues in English, Film, Media and Cultural Studies,
Gender Studies and the Contemporary Arts. It is hoped that international
scholars from diverse fields will participate.

Topics which may be covered include, but are not limited to:

• Early visual technologies (phantasmagoria/ magic lantern
shows/spirit photography)
• Gothic embodiments (staging, smoke and mirrors, automata and
mechanical curiosities)
• Gothic on screen
• Digital Gothic (web, video games, hypertext)
• Visualising Gothic narrative (graphic novels, comics and
• Monstrosities (subjects, texts, bodies, forms)
• Media monsters
• Spectralities (subjects, spaces, environments, images)
• Transgeneric crossings (cyborgs, science, fictions)

Send queries and 250-word abstracts to Dr Catherine Spooner and Prof.
Fred Botting at monstrousmedia_at_lancaster.ac.uk by 5 January 2009.

Suggestions for panels and for sessions which break the traditional
academic mould are warmly welcomed.

Further information at www.monstrous-media.com.

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