2019 conference programme – now available!

We are delighted to release our conference programme for the forthcoming 2019 Gothic Feminism conference: Technology, Women and Gothic-Horror On-Screen, with our keynote by Dr Lisa Purse.

Gothic Feminism presents:

Technology, Women, and Gothic-Horror On-Screen 

2 – 3 May 2019

University of Kent


Keynote speaker: Dr Lisa Purse (University of Reading)


Thursday 2nd May

09:00 – 09:30              Registration

09:30 – 9:45                Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45 – 11:00                Keynote Speech – Dr Lisa Purse (University of Reading)


11:00 – 11:30              Tea & coffee break

11:30 – 13:00              Papers 1: Technology of the Gothic and Horror

‘Controlling the Gaze?: Potentials, Problems and Responsibilities of Audio-Visual Research in a Feminist Context’ – Gabriela Zogall (University of Birmingham)

‘“Come on. It’ll be just like in the movies. We’ll pretend to be someone else”: Female Identity Behind the Screen in David Lynch’s L.A. Trilogy’ – Olivia Steen (University of Hertfordshire)

‘Gothic Melodrama and Technicolor Design: Gender, Class and the Architecture of a House’ – Liz Watkins (University of Leeds)

13:00 – 14:00              Lunch

14:00 – 15:30              Papers 2: Automata

‘Of Disobedient Machines and Damsels in Distress: Technology and Gothic Feminism in Westworld’ – Elizabeth Mullen (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)

‘“Like a Real Girl”: Gaze, Gender, and Gothically Haunted Humanoid Inventions, Especially in the Blade Runner films and Ex Machina’ – Gisèle M. Baxter (University of British Columbia)

Ex Machina’s Gothic: Science-fiction, Synthespians and Special Effects’ – Frances A. Kamm (University of Kent)

15:50 – 16:00              Tea & coffee break

16:00 – 18:00              Papers 3: Videographic work

‘Bio-Toxic Relationships and the Southern Gothic – Being a Man, Being a Woman and Being a Monster in Resident Evil: Biohazard’ – Richard Sheppard (University of Wales)

Pandemic – John Bradburn

18:00 – 19:00              Cake and wine reception


Friday 3rd May

09:30 – 11:00              Papers 4: Technology in the Gothic and Horror

‘Female Labour and Algorithmic Horror in Cam’ – Matt Denny (University of Warwick)

‘Intermediality and Gender in the First Teen Slasher Black Christmas’ – Morten Feldtfos Thomsen (Karlstad University)

‘“Do you think I am an automaton?”: Captain Janeway and the Gothic Holodeck’ – Lies Lanckman (University of Kent)

11:00 – 11:30              Tea & coffee break

11:30 – 13:00              Papers 5: Identity

‘The Eyes Have It: Gendered Tension Between Sight, Technology and Spanish National Identity in Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s REC (2007) and Alejandro Amenábar’s Tesis (1996)’ – Rebecca Wynne-Walsh (Trinity College Dublin)

‘The Technology of Mommy: Ugly Feelings and the Uncanny in The Babadook, Goodnight Mommy, and Hereditary – Johanna M. Wagner (Østfold University College)

‘“Want”: Vagina Dentata, Automation and Feminist Desire in Teeth’s Reviews’ – Katherine Farrimond (University of Sussex)

13:00 – 14:00              Lunch

14:00 – 16:00              Papers 6: Gothic Ghosts

‘“Take me back to the old house”. Memory, Trauma and Scepticism: The Awakening and the Female Ghost Hunter’ – Katerina Flint-Nicol (University of Kent)

‘I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: Paranormal Investigations and their Implications for the Feminine Victorian Gothic– Linda Sheppard (University of East Anglia)

‘Consumption Horror: Re-presentation and the Abstract Disease’ – Lexi Turner (Independent Scholar)

16:00 – 16:30              Final remarks and closing of conference


(Note: this may be subject to minor alterations. For further updates please see: https://gothicfeminism.com/conference-programme-2019/)

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