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INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC ASSOCIATION BIENNIAL CONFERENCE, 2015 GOTHIC MIGRATIONS July 28th to August 1st 2015 Vancouver, BC
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INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC ASSOCIATION
“Gothic Migrations” will concern the origins, transits, and transformations of global gothic in its various modes and cultural manifestations.
Since its inception, Gothic has been associated with mobility. The gothic has always involved translation, adaptation, travel, diaspora, migration and their variations in the lost son or daughter, the absent father, the escaped slave or criminal, the disappeared family member, the alien, underground networks, cross border movements of cults, banditti, terrorist and other conspiratorial webs. These themes have engaged gothic works and their criticism for some time and their significance is growing in a new global economy of the gothic. As a result, the areas of gothic study have become increasingly wide ranging and now contest any singular root and any singular route of such migration. Under the theme of roots we consider the patterns of place and stability, cultural centres, home, mother or father country, belonging, neighbourhood, any ancient locus, developed systems of privilege and aristocracy, or stable gender, sexual norm, or class patterns. We also include under roots, their underlying negations in the unheimlich, the underprivileged, the criminal, the decentred, the escaped, the alien, the other, rejected sexualities, or the hybrid. Under the theme of migrations, we consider the diasporic energies of the gothic, the migratory traces of vampires, wanderers, ghosts, demons, revenants, zombies, soucouyants, other supernatural tourists, phantasmal terrorists and gothic escapees of all kinds. The conference will thus focus on the international circulation of literary, filmic, dramatic and digital Gothic, and the establishment of new and old Gothic traditions across the globe that are in search of, or have found, new homes.
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SUGGESTED PAPERS AND PANELS
Papers and panels could consider, but are by no means limited to the following headings:
How does the Gothic migrate?