Sheffield Gothic's 2020 Spring Schedule

Gothic Reading Group theme: ‘Bodies and Genders’

All within the academic community are welcome to attend!

Goths, ghouls, and goblins, gather round for our new 2020 Spring schedule! Our Gothic Reading Group theme for this semester is ‘Bodies and Genders’, and we will be exploring this theme in four reading groups throughout the semester as well as throughout our sixth Reimagining: ‘Reimagining the Gothic 2020: Bodies and Genders’.

Our Gothic Reading Group will begin with a screening of Rintaro’s Metropolis (2001), a Japanese science-fiction anime, on Wednesday 12 February. We will then be discussing selected short stories by Octavia Butler on Wednesday 18 March – and while we will be focusing on Butler’s short fiction, if you have read any of her works do come along and join in the conversation! After Easter, we will be exploring Toni Morrison’s Beloved on Wednesday 13 May, and then we will be finishing the semester with a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) on Wednesday 10 June.

This semester all Gothic Reading Group sessions will take place in Jessop West, Seminar Room 3. Screenings will take place from 3-6pm, while our discussions of Butler and Morrison will take place from 4-6pm. If you would like more information do get in touch! And yes, there will be cake!

We are also delighted to publicise the Centre for the History of the Gothic’s one day symposium exploring visual culture and the Gothic: Gothic Visions. Aimed at PhD students, early career researchers, and academics working on the idea of visual culture within the Gothic, this event will include talks and workshops from Professor Kamilla Elliott (Lancaster), Dr Catherine Wynne (Hull). Gothic Visions will be taking place on Monday 2 March from 10am-4pm at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield. The event is free but please make sure you register for the event: you can book a free ticket here. As always: everyone is welcome!

And finally don’t forget to check out our sixth Reimagining the Gothic conference and creative showcase: Reimagining the Gothic 2020: Bodies and Genders. Taking place on 1-3 May 2020, this year’s Reimagining will feature a keynote from Dr Helena Ifill University of Aberdeen, who will be discussing ‘Evil Doctors and Vampiric Patients: Agency and Consent in the Victorian Female Gothic’ (and you can read more about Dr Ifill here) as well as lots of fabulous papers. We are currently finalising the schedule so stay tuned for more news! And in the meantime, don’t forget about our creative showcase, which will be taking place on the evening of Saturday 2 May, and of course our creative competition:

Deadline for creative entries is Monday 20 March 2020. You can find more details about the creative competition and our full T&Cs here.

To get in touch with Sheffield Gothic, or to find out more details about the reading group or any of our other events, please email us at: or tweet us at: 
@TheReimagining @GothicBible @GamingTheGothic


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