Romancing the Gothic Online Talk Series

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Romancing the Gothic

Romancing the Gothic offers free classes every week. The programme is online, open to all, and pays an honorarium to all our speakers. Talks are delivered twice (usually at 10am and 7pm British time those these times can change depending upon the time zone of the speaker) to include people from different time zones and recorded (with permission) to be placed on our YouTube channel. The talks (with Q and A session) should last between 1 and 1.5 hours.

Previous classes have gained hundreds (and some even thousands) of views and been used at universities around the world to supplement couses. Our classes are accessed by people from all over the world and are designed to make education accessible to all.


We are looking for speakers for the year 2023. Recruitment is on a rolling basis. The end of the first recruitment period is 31/10/2022 but spaces are given on a 'first come, first served' basis. As months are filled, I will update the call for papers. 


To find out more about the project, including a list of previous talks, go to You can find lists of previous talks on the 'Online Classes' and 'Sunday Gothics' pages.

Each month has a different theme and you should indicate the month/s that you believe your talk to be relevant to. 

January: Science fiction and horror/the Gothic - FULL

February: Witches (we particularly welcome papers on ‘witchcraft’ and magic traditions in non-European cultures)

March: Religion and the Gothic/horror. This month, each week will look at a different religion. Please note that we have already booked papers on Judaism and Christianity.

April: The supernatural and Horror in African fiction. We welcome papers from all different countries and traditions on literature, film and also folklore. (Please note: we welcome papers from all countries, cultures and continents all year round, not just in the month’s dedicated to them)

May: Eco horror, nature and the Gothic/horror. We welcome papers on all aspects of the natural world and horror/the Gothic. Themes could include ecohorror, cli-fi, caves, geology and the Gothic, Gothic landscapes, the sea… - FULL

June: Latin America and horror/the Gothic/the supernatural/magical realism

July: Horror film. This month we’re asking for each talk to be an overview of a genre or movement. Examples include, creature features, Giallo, J-horror, folk horror… NOTE: 1 SPACE LEFT

August: Northern Gothic. We welcome talks on all areas of Gothic literature, film, tv, music and tourism which fit with the definition of Northern Gothic.

September: Gothic, horror, the supernatural and dark speculative fiction from Oceania.

October: Crime. Any intersection of the Gothic or horror and crime you can think of! We also welcome history papers. NOTE: 1 SPACE LEFT

November: Gothic, horror and the supernatural in Asian literature, film and folklore.

Decemeber: Ghosts


To do a talk with us, please submit an abstract or blurb for the talk of up to 250 words to No biography or bibliography is required. We accept papers based on their strengths. If you haven’t written an abstract before, I run occasional abstract writing workshops. Please get in touch to ask about them. We welcome talks from people at all levels of academia and experts in the field.