8:30 am - 5:00 pm – Registration
Coffee & Tea

8:30 am - 9:00 am – Welcome Remarks  BALLROOM


9:00 am - 10:45 am – 4 Concurrent Sessions (1.75 hours)

1—At the Gothic Margins: Coasts and Beaches  COMOX

Chair: Sarah Ilott

1 (A) Alan Gregory (Lancaster University UK) “Perpetuum (Im)Mobile: Enforced Migrations of the Black Disabled Female Body in Stephen King’s The Drawing of the Three
1 (B) Sarah Ilott (Teeside University UK) “Gothic Immigrations: Dover Gothic and the Borders of Britishness”
1 (C) Christine Tondorf  (Southern Cross University, Australia) “Gothic migrates to Aussie surf beaches”

2—Medical Migrations I: Anatomical Narratives   NELSON                       

Chair: Benjamin Noad

2 (A) Jo Sullivan (Duquesne University US) “Villains, Victims, and Vivisection: Penetrating the Missing Narratives and Migratory Discourse of the Gothic”
2 (B) Marie Mulvey-Roberts, (University of the West of England, Bristol UK) “Migrating Medical Horror”
2 (C) Diana Edelman-Young, (University of North Georgia, Gainesville US) “Gothic Medicine”
2 (D) Laura Kremmel (Lehigh University US) "The Devil’s Cure: Treating Disability with Anatomical Migration in The Three Brothers”

3—Migrating Vampires: Deformed & Reformed Communities BARCLAY

Chair: Sorcha Ní Fhlainn

3 (A) Leigh McLennon (University of Melbourne Australia) “Romantic Vampires in the New Millennium: Wastelands and Wanderers in Only Lovers Left Alive
3 (B) Malgorzata (Gosia) Drewniok (University of Southampton UK) “‘An odd vamp out: half-Fae, half-human, all vampire’: Gothic Migrations in Yasmine Galenorn’s Sisters of the Moon series”
3 (C) Catherine Spooner (Lancaster University UK) ‘It’s just the travelling that’s such a drag’: mobility, tourism and globalised vampires in Jim Jarmusch’s Only and Lovers Left Alive

4—Textual Migrations I: Ann Radcliffe  GUILFORD

Chair: Angela Wright

4 (A) Agnieszka Łowczanin (University of Łódź Poland) “’I dedicate this work to the care of the dismal spirit of Anna de Radklif’: Polish Gothicism at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.”
4 (B) Fanny Lacôte (Université de Lorraine France - University of Stirling Scotland) “English Gothic served “à la française”: French forgeries of Ann Radcliffe”
4 (C) Céline Rodenas, (Université du Havre France) “Ann Radcliffe’s novels and their translations into Italian at the beginning of the nineteenth century”


10:45 am - 11:00 am – Break and Coffee

11:00 am - 12:00 am – Opening Plenary Address BALLROOM


Dale Townshend

16 October 1834: Architecture, Romance and the Migration of the Gothic Imagination

On the evening of Thursday 16 October 1834, thousands of spectators thronged to the scene as plumes of smoke and flame engulfed the Old Palace of Westminster, London.  By six o’clock the following morning, large portions of this great medieval building, the ‘wonder unrivalled of Europe’, the ‘palladium of the English monarchy’ or the ‘giant of the Gothic age’, had been almost completely destroyed.  Though it had long ceased to function as a permanent royal residence, the Palace of Westminster, more popularly known as the Houses of Parliament, was, and had long been, home to all of the major executive functions of the British government, including the Exchequer, Chancery and the British legal system; by 1834, it was also, increasingly, the venue at which parliament, that great political structure of ‘Gothic’ antecedent, convened.  The fire thus struck at both the literal and symbolic heart of British constitutional, political, economic and legal life.  Taking this cataclysmic event as its point of departure, this paper explores the ‘migrations’ in the literary and architectural Gothic aesthetic wrought, occasioned and in some senses necessitated by the fire of 1834: devastating though it was, the blaze, for some, was also a divinely sanctioned act of purification, and one that, in its aftermath, demanded a careful interrogation of the Gothic architectural style’s cultural meanings.  Looking back to Gothic writing of the late eighteenth century, the paper traces the notion of an ‘architectural imagination’ at work in the fictions of Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe and a host of lesser-known authors; looking forward, beyond the fire and the ‘Battle of the Styles’ of the later 1830s, it addresses the palpable changes in the literary and architectural Gothic imagination perceivable across the nineteenth century. 


Dale Townshend is Senior Lecturer in Gothic and Romantic Literature at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and Director of the University’s MLitt in The Gothic Imagination programme.  His publications include The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing, 1764-1820 (AMS Press, 2007); Gothic: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies (with Fred Botting; Routledge, 2004); Gothic Shakespeares (with John Drakakis; Routledge, 2008); Macbeth: A Reader (with John Drakakis; Bloomsbury, 2013); Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (with Angela Wright; Cambridge University Press, 2014); The Gothic World (with Glennis Byron; Routledge, 2014); Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination (British Library, 2014); and Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (with Angela Wright; Edinburgh University Press, 2015).  He is currently completing a monograph on the relationship between architecture and Gothic and Romantic writing entitled Gothic Antiquity: History, Romance and the Architectural Imagination, 1760-1840, and co-writing a book entitled Writing Britain’s Ruins, 1700-1850 for the British Library.     


12:00 - 1:00 pm – Lunch (individually arranged)

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm – Roundtable and 4 Concurrent Sessions (1.75 hours)


ROUNDTABLESouthern Gothics, Gothic South  DENMAN

Facilitator: Charles Crow


Maisha Wester, Indiana University US
Dara Downey, University College  Ireland
Sherry Truffin, Campbell University US
Carol Margaret Davison, University of Windsor Canada
Bill Marshall, University of Stirling UK


5—Gothic Migrations to America  COMOX

Chair: Katherine Wise

5 (A) Andrew Smith (University of Sheffield UK) “Anglo-American migrations: Saul Bellow and the Gothic”
5 (B) Hebe Tocci Marin (Universidade Estadual Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP - Brazil)“American Gods: a clash between modern and ancient generations of gods”
5 (C) Jason Baumann Montilla (The Graduate Centre, CUNY US) “‘Yo Dejo mi Hueso Allá’: Gothic Strategies in Contemporary Puerto Rican Narratives of Migration”
5 (D) Dana Benge (Idaho State University US)” Elvis Has Not Left the Building: Jane Eyre and Female Sexuality in a 20th Century American Young Adult Novel”

6—Zombie Transforms I Postcolonial Gothics: New World   NELSON

Chair: Karen Macfarlane

6 (A) Tugce Bicakci (Lancaster University UK) “Zombies are Çapulling or the Turks’ Ordeal with the Zombie Apocalypse”
6 (B) Devyn Flesher (University of Northern British Columbia Canada)  “From Scoundrels to Sweethearts: A Metamorphosis of Monsters in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction”
6 (C) Judith Wilt, (Boston College US) "'Blind is the Real Dead': Zombies and Soldiers in World War Z, Warm Bodies, and The Reapers are the Angel"
6 (D) Chloe Alexandra Germaine Buckley (Lancaster University, UK)“From ‘Zombies, they’re us’ to ‘The zombie is me’: the reconfiguration of the zombie narrative in Zom-B by Darren Shan and The Enemy by Charlie Higson”

7—Latin American Gothic: Transposition, Hybridization, Tropicalization   BARCLAY

Chair:  Enrique Ajuria Ibarra                         

7 (A) Enrique Ajuria Ibarra (Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico) “Mexican Gothic? Uncanny Intertextualities in the films of Carlos Enrique Taboada”
7 (B) Sandra Casanova Vizcaíno (Binghamton University -State University of New York US) “Wandering Clowns: Cuban Gothic Artists in Abilio Estévez's Los palacios distantes”
7 (C) Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodríguez (Lawrence University, Wisconsin, US) “Gothic in the Tropics: Mobilizations and Transformations of the Gothic in the Colombian Hot Lands”
7 (D) Inés Ordiz (Universidad de León, Spain) “Civilization and Barbarism and Zombies: Argentina's Contemporary Horror”

8—Reflux of Imperial Gothic  GUILFORD

Chair: Diane Long Hoeveler

8 (A) Irmgard Maassen, (University of Bremen Germany) “Dis-/Remembering the Raj – Migrations of Colonial Guilt”
8 (B) Bruce Wyse (Wilfred Laurier University Canada) “The Reflux of Imperial Horrors and the Migration of the Mutilated God in Richard Marsh’s The Joss
8 (C) Monica Germana (University of Westminster UK) “Sea Voyages and ‘Dark Continents’: A Gothic Reading of Jane Campion’s The Piano
8 (D) Gregory Luke Chwala (Indiana University of Pennsylvania US) “Migrations through Time: the Gothic, Erotohistoriography, and Cultural Imperialism in H. Rider Haggard’s She


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Coffee and Tea Break

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm – READING   DENMAN


David Chariandy

Reading:  Soucouyant

"A soucouyant is an evil spirit in Caribbean folklore, and a symbol here of the distant and dimly remembered legacies that continue to haunt the Americas. This extraordinary first novel set in Ontario, in a house near the Scarborough Bluffs, focuses on a Canadian-born son who despairingly abandons his Caribbean-born mother suffering from dementia."

Arsenal Pulp Press website,


David Chariandy specializes in contemporary fiction, (especially Canadian, Caribbean, and Black Atlantic), as well as interdisciplinary theories of postcoloniality, diaspora and ‘race.’  He has published scholarly articles and reviews in the Essays on Canadian Writing, The Canadian Association of American Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures, Canadian Literature, The Journal of West Indian Literature, Postcolonial Text, Topia, New Dawn, and Callaloo.  He is a co-founder of Commodore Books, the co-editor of a special issue of the Canadian Association of American Studies, and the co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of West Coast Line.  His novel entitled Soucouyant was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2007, and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best First Novel Prize. His creative and critical writings are featured in a special section of the 30.3 (Summer 2007) 30th anniversary issue of Callaloo, the international journal of African diaspora arts and letters; and his second novel, entitled Brother, is forthcoming from McClleland and Stewart.


3:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Break

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm – 4 concurrent Sessions (1.75 hours)


9—Gothic Bodies:   Spectres, Aliens & Radiating Monsters   DENMAN

Chair: Stuart Lindsay

9 (A) Paulina Palmer, (independent scholar)” Representations of spectrality and the monster in the fiction of Randall Kenan”
9 (B) Stuart Lindsay (University of Stirling UK) “Abject Migrations of the Neurological and the Nuclear: The Monster of Radiation in David Thorpe’s Illustrated Novella Doc Chaos: The Chernobyl Effect
9 (C) Natasha Rebry (The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus Canada) “The Dethronement of the Human: Exile in H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds

10—Transportation Gothic   BARCLAY                           

Chair: William Hughes

10 (A) Bridget M. Marshall (University of Massachusetts Lowell US) “Migrating Mill Girls: The Circulation of the Gothic in the Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts”
10 (B) William Hughes (Bath Spa University UK) “War Work, Labour Migration, and the Industrial Gothic of L. T. C. Rolt”
10 (C) Alex Bevan (University of Lincoln, UK) “Gothic: Literary Travel and Tourism”

11—Resistances to Migration: Rooted and Uprooted Gothic   NELSON

Chair: Sue Zlosnik

11 (A) Rod Landis, (University of Alaska Southeast US) "Framing the Self: Location and Dislocation in Wuthering Heights"
11 (B) Timothy Jones (Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand) “Absent Ones: Wayfaring and Gothic Celebration in Hawthorne’s Tales
11 (C) Joseph LaBine (University of Windsor Canada) “An Béal Bocht and Gaelic Gothic Parody: Reading Harry Clarke’s panels in Myles na gCopaleen’s ‘sham Gothic’”

12—Fixed Bodies, Strange Objects, Spectral Migrants  GUILFORD

Chair:  John Whatley

12 (A) Maria Beville (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick Ireland) ”New Materialism and All ‘Things’ Gothic – Compelling Objects in Contemporary Literature and Criticism”
12 (B) Olivia Harsan ( La Trobe University Australia) “Worlds Collide: Merging Realms and Transcending Specters in the Writings of Mircea Eliade and Films of Béla Tarr”
12 (D) Laura Bohnert (Dalhousie University Canada) “The Consequence of Stasis: Connecting Movement to Corporeality in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations



Nightfall: JULY 29th FESTIVAL OF LIGHT “TEAM BRAZIL” fireworks display in English Bay three blocks from Coast Plaza, (as nothing moves in the downtown core during the festival,  best to find a viewing space early).  Fireworks nights are July 25, July 29 and Aug 1.