Conferences and Events



The Future of Gothic Studies: A Gothic Networking Day

The Centre for the History of the Gothic is pleased to host a networking day for postgraduates, early career researchers, and academic staff interested in the development of Gothic Studies. The networking day will take place on July 8th from 11 am  to 5.30 pm and will feature:

  • Presentation from Professor Angela Wright and Dr. Andrew Smith, Co-Directors of the Centre for the History of the Gothic
  • Guest talk from visiting academic Dr. Enrique Ajuria Ibarra (Fundación Universidad de las Américas)
  • Roundtable / panel discussion on the future of Gothic Studies and developing research through public engagement and interdisciplinary studies
  • Collaborative networking opportunities for Gothic Centres
  • “Getting Published”: A presentation on academic publication by Dr. Andrew Smith
  • Reimagining the Gothic Research Award Presentation
  • Networking reception

This event is free to all but registration is required. The registration form is available here. Please email the completed form to

Summer of 1816 Conference: Creativity and Turmoil

Organising committee: Dr Maddy Callaghan and Professor Angela Wright of the University of Sheffield

‘The Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’ is an international conference which will be held at the University of Sheffield in June 2016. ‘The year without a summer’, as 1816 was known, was the year in which Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Godwin (later Shelley), Lord Byron, John Polidori and Claire Claremont came together, for the first time, in Geneva.  To commemorate the 200thanniversary of this extraordinary summer, the University of Sheffield will celebrate first and foremost the extraordinary meeting of this circle of Romantic authors, as well as the broader creative contexts of 1816.

Registration for this event is now open and a conference programme is available. For more details please visit the official website for ‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’

If you would like to contact us, please email:

The Centre for the History of the Gothic Short Story Competition

The Centre for the History of the Gothic is currently hosting a short story competition based on the 1816 story competition which inspired Frankenstein. Entries should begin with the following line from Frankenstein: “It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils.”

The completed short story should be an original work of no more than 500 words, and should be a creative and innovative engagement with Shelley’s novel. The winning entry will receive £50 and a reading of the best stories will take place at the 1816 conference, June 24th-27th, 2016. There is no entry fee. Please submit complete stories (along with name, contact details, and institution (if you have one) by June 15th to



Reimagining the Gothic: Monsters and Monstrosities

Organising committee: Kathleen Hudson (Sheffield), Lauren Nixon (Sheffield), Mary Going (Sheffield)

Reimagining the Gothic is an ongoing project that seeks to explore how the Gothic can be re-read, re-analysed, and re-imagined.  In particular, ‘monsters’ and the ways in which monstrosity continues to affect Gothic discourses is an important space for academic and creative exploration.  Our 2016 symposium and showcase event, under the thematic heading of ‘Monsters and Monstrosities,’ encouraged both public interest and new academic avenues from students and scholars who wished to present of the Gothic using interdisciplinary and creative methods. With Reimagining the Gothic: Monsters and Monstrosities we reconsidered notions of monstrousness, explored how the idea of the monster has morphed over the years, and  questioned its place within the Gothic. The event took place on May 6th and 7th, 2016. Organizers are planning on-going projects and events within “Reimaging the Gothic,” and will continue to cultivate new and exciting research in Gothic studies.  Please see the Sheffield Gothic Blog and the Reimagining the Gothic website for more information.

Reimagining the Gothic

Organising Committee: Kathleen Hudson (Sheffield); Lauren Nixon (Sheffield); Mary Going (Sheffield); Carly Stevenson (Sheffield)

‘Reimagining the Gothic’ is a project dedicated to exploring and examining the Gothic with new eyes, utilizing interdisciplinary and artistic methods in both academic research papers and creative pieces. Much of the academic work and research done on Gothic TDyCPVFlTB_WTM0zXS3fXZaUaE5S8Ee2rYoqUOn1bwM Studies focuses on English Literature, yet its ideologies and conventions exist in and are influenced by many other disciplines as well as popular culture: science, history, archaeology, film, television, music, fashion, comic books and even internet trends.

A symposium and showcasing event took place at the University of Sheffield in May 2015.  Organizers are planning on-going projects and events within “Reimaging the Gothic,” and will continue to cultivate new and exciting research in Gothic studies.

 Conference Report on “Reimagining the Gothic” Symposium and Showcase

Blog on “Reimagining the Gothic” Project
(By Lauren Nixon, Courtesy of Sheffield Gothic Blog)

Radcliffe at 250: Gothic and Romantic Imaginations 

Organising committee: Angela Wright (Sheffield), Dale Townshend (Stirling); Madeleine Callaghan (Sheffield); Andy Smith (Sheffield); Liam Firth (Sheffield); Fern Merrills (Sheffield); Hamish Mathison (Sheffield); Joe Bray (Sheffield); Mark Bennett (Sheffield); Kate Gadsby-Mace (Sheffield)

More than any other writer, Ann Radcliffe consolidated, enriched and developed the form of the romantic novel in British fiction during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

To celebrate the 250th birthday of Radcliffe and the launch of a co-edited collection of essays Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic , eds. Townshend and Wright (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) an international conference “Radcliffe at 250: Gothic and Romantic Imaginations” was held at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, in June 2014.


“Radcliffe at 250″ official website

Conference Report on “Radcliffe at 250 Gothic and Romantic Imaginations” conference
(By Jonathan Dent, courtesy of Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840)

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