Welcome to the website of the The Centre for the History of the Gothic. The Centre was inaugurated in June 2014 and brings together colleagues from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities who have an interest in the historical and national contexts in which the Gothic of the eighteenth century emerges and the influence that it had on the nineteenth century Gothic. Members are also interested in how the Gothic has developed from the eighteenth century to the present day and the various forms (poetic, theatrical, and other media), which it has come to inhabit.
The Centre for the History of the Gothic accommodates two previous co-Presidents of the International Gothic Association (IGA). Members of the Centre have internationally recognised reputations in Gothic studies, and have led on public engagement initiatives including working with schools and participating in the BFI sponsored horror season at The Showroom. We look to develop further forms of engagement in the city of Sheffield and beyond.
We also have a thriving postgraduate community who stage a ‘Gothic Reading Group’ which brings together staff and students of all levels to discuss Gothic texts in an informal setting.
The Centre has a number of key objectives, and to that end we:
- support conferences and symposia on the Gothic
- provide a focus for PhD training in the area of Gothic Studies
- develop links with outside agencies such as schools, museums, cinemas and art centres
The Centre is also home to ‘Gothic Tours’, a project which brings together representatives from stately homes and abbeys in the north of England which have played an iconic role in the Gothic tradition. Working with other universities we help to map a tourist trail of Gothic venues in the region as part of a wider ‘Care for the Future’ project. You can visit the map here.