International Gothic Association Biennial Conference 2013 : Panel Collaboration

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byondhorror@gmail.com

International Gothic Association Biennial Conference 2013 : Panel Collaboration

The International Gothic Association is holding its Biennial Conference in August 2013, with Roger Luckhurst and Fred Botting as confirmed keynote speakers. Details of the conference are as follows:

http://www.iga.stir.ac.uk/shownews.php?id=135

The origins of science fiction narratives that have artifacts as a central premise, Gary Wolfe (2011) proposes, has its roots in the Gothic tradition. But artifacts are more than just a mainstay of science fiction narratives; they feature prominently in many Gothic works. Examples are Jacobs' "Monkey's Paw", Poe's "Oblong Box" and "Amontillado's Cask", Lovecraft's infamous Necronomicon, and to a certain extent, Dracula's casket.

I am looking to form a panel that looks at the significance of artifacts in the Gothic tradition. In line with the conference theme of "Gothic Technologies", I am interested in the significance of how artifacts contribute to a Gothic aesthetic. How do these objects function in narratives of terror? Is it possible to come up with a "taxonomy" of the Gothic object?

If this topic suits your research interests and if you have an interest in forming a collaborative panel for the conference, feel free to touch base at byondhorror@gmail.com (yes, that is beyond without an e) and we can work something out.

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