The Past as Nightmare: An Inter-Disciplinary Conference Looking at the Relationship Between History and Horror

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September 6, 2022 to September 7, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Intellectual History, Literature, Popular Culture Studies

The University of Reading will be hosting this two-day inter-disciplinary conference examining the confluences of gothic horror and history. Academics and independent scholars from around the world will discuss how the past has been portrayed in the horror genre, the role of the antiquarian as gothic protagonist, and how historians and archivists can make use of the gothic form in their research. Papers include examinations of how eighteenth-century gothic texts responded to contemporary concerns, medievalism and the ghost story, how the gothic has functioned as a lens on historic attitudes towards sexuality and ethnicity, the past as nemesis in the gothic tale, Egyptology and witchcraft, 1950s horror comics, punk music, and the role of history in twenty-first-century gothic literature, television, and film. The multiple perspectives of scholars from a number of disciplines promises a bracing and challenging dissection of the horrors of history and the history of horror.

Keynote speakers for the two days are Dr Ailise Bulfin & Professor Laurence Talairach

Registration is now open via this site, with a delegate fee of £42.50 for each day of the conference. 

There is also a link to the website of the conference. 

Registration closes on 30 June

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