[Update] Urban Gothic: Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces (24 April 2010)

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Ben Brabon, Edge Hill University
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Urban Gothic: Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces
A one-day conference at
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
24 April 2010

Keynote speakers include Professor Sue Zlosnik (MMU), Dr Ben Highmore (Sussex) and the artist Gerry Gapinski.

This conference takes the specificity of urban 'phantasmogenetic centres' as an organizing principle, aiming to explore particular representations of urban gothic in literature, film, television and graphic novels. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers focusing on identifying, untangling or savouring gothic elements in literary, cinematic and graphic representations of particular cities, both past and present.

Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Globalised cities, global Gothic
- Urban underworlds
- The labyrinthine city
- Gothic cartographies
- Gothic flâneurs/flâneuses
- Regional cities, regional Gothic
- Nineteenth-century urban Gothic
- The city as prison
- Paranoia in urban environments
- Haunted cities
- Monstrous cities
- Urban vampires
- Urban temporalities and nostalgia
- Vidler's architecture of the uncanny
- Tortured narrative and tangled streets
- Uncanny repetition in urban space
- Political subversion in urban gothic

Please send your abstracts to Ben Brabon and Sara Wasson at
gothic@edgehill.ac.uk by 1 March 2010