Projects / Public Engagement


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 Puebla)
  • 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


The Centre for the History of the Gothic Short Story Competition, 2016

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


Gothic Tours

The Gothic Tours project develops and maintains an annotated map of country homes, and other sites of historic interest, which have played an important part in shaping the Gothic imaginary from the eighteenth century to the present day.  The site identifies places to visit and includes brief accounts of their significance to the Gothic tradition. The map has been put together by members of The Centre for the History of the Gothic at the University of Sheffield and will be periodically updated to include new sites of interest.  We will be developing the map to include places throughout the UK.


Check out the Gothic Tours information page!


Gothic Bites

The Gothic Bites project is generously funded by the University of Sheffield Arts Enterprise Scheme for Widening Participation. It is run by Professor Angela Wright and Dr Helena Ifill from the School of English in association with Rajnish Madaan of Neesh-Productions LTD. The Gothic Bites website is run by the Project Officer, Kate Gadsby-Mace.


Check out the Gothic Bites Project page!


Reimagining the Gothic

Reimagining the Gothic is an on-going project coordinated by postgraduate researchers at the University of Sheffield. It aims to cultivate and showcase interdisciplinary projects in Gothic studies to a broad academic and non-academic audience.


Check out the Reimagining the Gothic information page!


What are Sheffield Gothic postgraduate researchers up to?

Visit the PhD Students page or Check out the Sheffield Gothic Postgraduate Researcher Blog

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