Gothic Manchester Festival Conference 2019 - ‘Gothic Times.’

Date: Saturday 26 October 2019

Time: Conference 8.50am - 4.40pm; Wine reception 4.40pm - 5.30pm

Location: Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University

Tickets: £10

£10 tickets are available here!

Organised by Dr Linnie Blake

In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, with Trump in the White House and Brexit on the horizon, Angela Carter’s famous assertion of 1974 that ‘we live in Gothic times’ has never been more apt. But from the eighteenth century onwards, the Gothic mode has routinely placed the present moment under scrutiny, exploring the terrors of the age whilst calling into question the comforting fantasies upon which the established order rests. In this, the Gothic text might be seen to offer a culturally and politically engaged exploration of the historic period in which each text was produced, interrogating the contemporary present even as it calls into question standard historical narratives about the past.

This one-day conference will present 20-minute talks on all aspects of Gothic Times. These may focus on any aspect of Gothic culture – literature, film, television, music, graphic novels, games, Goth subcultures, and more. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:


Conference Programme

8.50-9.20: Registration

9.30-10.30: Panel 1 (Plenary): Gothic Literatures

10.30-11.00: Break


Panel 2A: The Politics of the Times

Panel 2B: Creatures

12.30-1.30: Lunch (own arrangements)


Panel 3A: Screen

Panel 3B: Philosophy & Linguistics 

3.00-3.30: Comfort Break


Panel 4A: Multimedia Times

Panel 4B: Queer Gothic is Now!

4.40: Closing Remarks

4.40pm - 5.30pm: Drinks Reception 


This event is part of the 7th annual Gothic Manchester Festival which is themed on 'Gothic Times'. This year the festival will span the whole of October with a whole range of events exploring the Gothic throughout time for you to get involved in.

The Manchester Gothic Festival is organised by the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Find out more details and our full events schedule on our website:


Conference tickets are now available for only £10!

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Gothic Studies