Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror: 15th International Gothic Association Conference

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Jamil Mustafa / Lewis University
contact email: 

Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, July 30 - August 2, 2019

With a focus at once sharp and wide, Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror will stimulate an eclectic and inclusive conversation about the essence of the Gothic.

We invite the submission of abstracts that explore the conference theme. We welcome proposed panels of three related papers. Since this IGA conference is the first to be held in the United States, we encourage proposals that consider the theme in relation to the American Gothic.

Located 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, Lewis University is a comprehensive, Catholic university where the traditions of liberal learning and preparation for professional life give the university its educational identity and mission focus.


Plenary Speakers

Karen Macfarlane (Mount Saint Vincent University)

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (University of Lausanne)

William Veeder (University of Chicago)

Topics may include—but are by no means limited to—the following.

• Conceptual and creative distinctions and intersections between terror and horror across time periods, genres, geographies, media, etc.
• Stimulating terror and horror in audiences
• Masculine and feminine Gothic
• Mind and body in the Gothic
• Gothic propaganda
• High and low Gothic
• “On the Supernatural in Poetry,” Danse Macabre, and other critical approaches to terror and horror
• Body horror
• Terror and terrorism
• Gothic subjectivity and objectivity
• Torture porn
• Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis
• Terror, horror, and the uncanny
• Gothic veiling and unveiling
• The Gothic sublime
• Eco-Horror and Eco-Terror
• Queering Terror and Horror
• Deconstructing the Gothic

Please submit a 250-word abstract by January 31, 2019 to, including your name, a short biography, affiliation (if any), and contact details.