This page collects the latest highlights from the Centre’s activities, including lists of visiting scholars, student and staff participation in upcoming events outside of the Centre, and radio, film, and television interviews by our researchers.

Visiting Staff

Dr Maisha Wester

Dr Maisha Wester is a visiting lecturer at the University of Sheffield, sponsored by the British Academy’s Global Professorship fellowship. Her Professorship is from September 2020 to September 2024.

Home institution: Indiana University, Bloomington.

Research areas: racial representations in Gothic literature and Horror film, Black Diasporic Gothic literature and Horror Film, and sociopolitical appropriations of Gothic tropes in racial discourses. She teaches Horror film studies, American and British Gothic literature, and Black Feminist Literature.

Previous Visiting Staff

Dr Enrique Ajuria Ibarra was an honorary visiting fellow at the Centre for two months in 2017.

Home institution: Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico.

Research interests: the definition of fantasy, especially in psychoanalytic, film and literary theory, as well as its intersections with Gothic and horror theories; the films of Guillermo del Toro, Dario Argento, Alfred Hitchcock and Peter Greenaway; fantasy and horror cinema; gothic literature and culture; Spanish American fantastic literature; 19th and 20th century narrative in Spanish and English; the works of Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa and other Hispanic writers; visual culture; psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan, Zizek).

  • Dr Enrique Ajuria Ibarra
    A Conversation with visiting academic, Dr Enrique Ajuria Ibarra Dr. Enrique Ajuria Ibarra, visiting academic from Universidad de las Américas Puebla, discusses his research on traveling and journeys in Gothic film, his favourite Gothic works, why we should study the Gothic, and plans for the International Gothic Association 2017 Conference. The Sheffield Centre for the History of … Continue reading Dr Enrique Ajuria Ibarra

Student and Staff Highlights

Professor Andrew Smith

‘Beyond Belief: Frankenstein’, BBC Radio 4 programme, 2018. The programme is available in full on the BBC Radio 4 website here.

Frankenstein Festival, Matlock Bath, 2018. For more about the Festival, see the page on the Keats-Shelley Association of America webpage here.

Professor Angela Wright

‘Frankenstein in Dundee’, BBC Radio Scotland programme, 2018. More information and clips from the programme are available on the BBC Radio Scotland website here.

Evangeline R Payne

Upcoming conference in Malmö: [t]ERROR on tour