Reimagining 2020: CFP

Reimagining the Gothic 2020: Bodies and Genders

1-3 May 2020, University of Sheffield

*** KEYNOTE: Dr Helena Ifill, from the University of Aberdeen ***

*** NEW CFP DEADLINE: To show our solidarity with the UCU strikes, we have moved our deadline to Monday 9th December ***

Calling all Goths and Ghouls: the CFP for our sixth (sixth!) annual Reimagining the Gothic conference is now open! Over the last five years we’ve been fortunate enough to build Reimagining the Gothic up from a one day symposium to a three day conference and we hope this year to continue to build a space that is inclusive, welcoming and centred on celebrating new avenues of research and new explorations into the Gothic form. We’ve had some wonderful papers over the last few years, on everything from Early Modern Gothic to Eurovision, and we hope that this year we can continue to provide a space for these exciting and innovative areas of study. Sheffield Gothic is therefore pleased to announce our sixth annual conference and showcase event: Reimagining the Gothic: Bodies and Genders taking place on 1st – 3rd May 2020. We are also delighted to announce that our keynote for our sixth Reimagining the Gothic will be Dr Helena Ifill, who will be discussing ‘Evil Doctors and Vampiric Patients: Agency and Consent in the Victorian Female Gothic.’

Reimagining the Gothic is an ongoing project that seeks to explore how the Gothic can be re-read, re-analysed, and re-imagined. We encourage both public interest and new academic avenues from students and scholars who wish to present on the Gothic using interdisciplinary and creative methods. Bodies and genders have long been a key focus for Gothic texts and creators: either through positive, powerful self-identification with the Other or the expression of repressed fears and prejudices manifested in monstrosities.

Papers for ‘Reimagining the Gothic: Bodies and Genders’ should explore the way in which the Gothic mode has constructed and deconstructed physical and metaphorical bodies across various . We welcome abstracts on all periods, genres and mediums: Reimagining the Gothic continues to be an interdisciplinary project, and we hope to invite speakers again this year covering a diverse range of texts and disciplines. Gothic literature, film, television, video games and fashion are all welcome, as well as papers that interrogate the Gothic’s intersections with Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror etc.

The conference is open to all undergrads, postgrads, ECRs, and independent scholars of any field, and joint papers are most welcome. We are inviting the submission of abstracts of no more than 300 words, plus a short bio, to be sent to Sheffield Gothic at Final papers should be no more than twenty minutes, and we will also accept panel proposals. In addition to conventional papers we continue to invite proposals for papers with creative or performative elements. If you would like more information, please contact us. The deadline for submissions is Monday 2nd  December 2019 Monday 9th December 2019.

We will consider all submissions from any discipline. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Female Gothic and Male Gothic?
  • International Gothic
  • Queer and Trans Gothic
  • EthnoGothic
  • Genders and identities
  • Enlightenment and Individuality
  • Animal and EcoGothic
  • Monstrosity and Monstrousness
  • Posthumanism
  • Sci-Fi and Afro Futurism
  • Religious Embodiment
  • Technology and AI
  • Digital and AR selves
  • Video, mobile and table top gaming

As always, these are simply suggestions. We hope to make the symposium as diverse as possible and so submissions of all natures are welcome.

We’ll be returning to our usual haunt, the Humanities Research Institute, and we will be again endeavouring to keep the registration cost as low as possible to keep Reimagining the Gothic accessible. As in previous years, we’ll be operating our Code of Conduct throughout the conference to keep the event a friendly and inclusive space for all researchers as well as using pronoun stickers, offering a separate quite space in the venue and using spaces that are wheelchair accessible and have the use of projectors and microphones. It’s important to us that Reimagining the Gothic is place where researchers of all backgrounds and disciplines can share their work in a way that is constructive, supportive and safe.

Last year we tried a few new things, such as a buddy system for those anxious about attending their first conference or giving their first paper (but also to help facilitate new connections and friendships between attendees!) and an informal, social gathering in the HRI with food, drink and games rather than a formal conference dinner on the Saturday evening. These received positive feedback from attendees, so we’ll be offering them again for 2020. 

If any you have any concerns or info you’d like us to know, please email us at We have also published an FAQ about this year’s Reimagining conference, so do check that out as well if you want to know more about Reimagining the Gothic!

@SheffieldGothic @TheReimagining