Call for Presentations: The Fourth Annual Ann Radcliffe

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September 12, 2020 to November 30, 2020
Colorado, United States
Subject Fields: 
Popular Culture Studies, Literature, Film and Film History, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

Call for Presentations:  The Fourth Annual Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2021

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 30, 2020


Conference Dates: Thursday, May 20, 2021 - Sunday, May 23, 20201

Conference Hotel: The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Conference Website:


The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference co-chairs invite all interested scholars, academics, and non-fiction writers to submit presentation abstracts related to horror studies for consideration to be presented at the fourth annual StokerCon which will be held May 20 - 23, 2021 in Denver, CO.

The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference is an opportunity for individuals to present on completed research or work-in-progress horror studies projects that continue the dialogue of academic analysis of the horror genre. As in prior years, we are looking for completed research or work-in-progress projects that can be presented to with the intent to expand the scholarship on various facets of horror that proliferates in:

  • Art

  • Cinema

  • Comics

  • Literature

  • Music

  • Poetry

  • Television

  • Video Games

  • Etc.

We invite papers that take an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter and can apply a variety of lenses and frameworks, such as, but not limited to:

  • Auteur theory

  • Close textual analysis

  • Comparative analysis

  • Cultural and ethnic

  • Fandom and fan studies

  • Film studies

  • Folklore

  • Gender/LGBT studies

  • Historic analysis

  • Interpretations

  • Linguistic

  • Literature studies

  • Media and communications

  • Media Sociology

  • Modernity/Postmodernity

  • Mythological

  • Psychological

  • Racial studies

  • Semiotics

  • Theoretical (Adorno, Barthes, Baudrillard, Dyer, Gerbner, etc.)

  • Transmedia

  • And others

Conference Details

  • Please send a 250 – 300 word abstract on your intended topic, a preliminary bibliography, and your CV to by November 30, 2020. Responses will be emailed out during the month of December. Final acceptances will require proof of StokerCon registration.

  • Presentation time consideration: 15 minute maximum to allow for a Question and Answer period. Limit of one presentation at the conference.

  • There are no honorariums for presenters.

  • In support of HWA’s Diverse Works Inclusion Committee goals, the Ann Radcliffe Academic co-chairs encourage the widest possible diverse representation to apply and present their scholarship in a safe and supportive environment. More information at:

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Organizing Co-Chairs

Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak



The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference is part of the Horror Writers Association’s Outreach Program. Created in 2016 by Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference has been a venue for horror scholars to present their work. The conference has also been the genesis of the Horror Writer Association’s first academic release, Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modern: Critical Essays, comprised entirely of AnnRadCon presenters and was released by McFarland in February, 2020.

Membership to the Horror Writers Association is not required to submit or present, however registration to StokerCon 2021 is required for to be accepted and to present. StokerCon registration can be obtained by going to There is no additional registration or fees for the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference outside StokerCon registration. If interested in applying to the Horror Writer’s Association as an academic member, please see .

StokerCon is the annual convention hosted by the Horror Writers Association wherein the Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror writing are awarded.

Contact Info: 

Nicholas Diak & Michele Brittany

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