Code of Conduct

The Centre for the History of the Gothic is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We believe our online spaces and our physical spaces should be safe and free from harassment, bullying or hate We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants or attendees of our events in any form. 

All attendees, speakers, hosts and volunteers at our events are required to agree with the following code of conduct. There will be a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment or abuse throughout our conference and events. Conference participants and attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or removed from the conference or events at the discretion of the organisers. 

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion
  • sexual images in public spaces
  • deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome sexual attention or racial harassment, including any language that might be construed as antagonistic or inflammatory
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour


Participants who display any harassing behaviour will be asked to leave  the event immediately, or will be removed from the event by the event organisers.

We expect participants and speakers, as well as event organisers, chairs, and volunteers to follow this code throughout the event. This includes in particular not using sexualised images, activities, or other material (unless this is a relevant and appropriate part of your presentation), and not using sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise creating a sexualised environment.


If you witness or experience harassment, please report it as soon as possible to the organisers so that steps can be taken to remove individuals. Each conference and event will clearly state who the organisers are and how to contact them, so please refer to event materials for this information specific to each event. [Attendees and participants of Cults, Cthulus, and Klansman will be able to find details of the organisers and how to contact them in the conference pack for the symposium].

Hate crimes should be reported to the University of Sheffield’s Security Services and you can find more details about the University’s policy and definition of harassment, bullying, and hate crimes here:

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy and safe at our events.